Look Who's Talking

  • Review Date: October 26, 2005
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 1989
  • Running Time: 93 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Enjoyable first film in the "talking baby" genre.
  • Review Date: October 26, 2005
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 1989
  • Running Time: 93 minutes





What parents need to know

Positive messages

While the two main characters turn out to be highly responsible, Molly does bear a child from an adulterous affair, and the extremely selfish Albert cheats on all of the women in his life. James takes shortcuts to procure as much free stuff as possible.


Crazy car chase (but no one injured), scuffle between James and Albert.


Film begins and ends with simulated sperm/egg action, heavy petting as part of an adulterous affair, implied sex (Molly removes her shirt and is seen in her bra), birth of a child (though nothing graphic), birth control jokes, boob jokes, sexual innuendo.


Occasional swearing, but limited to phrases such as S.O.B. Occasional poop jokes.

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Light social drinking.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film begins and ends with simulated sperm seeking out their egg destination. The film also deals with a child born out of wedlock as the result of an adulterous affair with a client. There is some heavy petting and the occassional poop joke.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

LOOK WHO'S TALKING chronicles the unlikely love affair of Molly (Kirstie Alley), a CPA, and taxi driver, James (John Travolta). After finding herself pregnant with the child of her married client Albert (George Segal), Molly sets out to find Mikey (vocalized by Bruce Willis) the "best daddy." She makes a deal, whereby James will serve as her babysitter and then finds herself conflicted. Should she wait around for a hotshot Mr. Right or take a chance with the dashing and exciting (but poor) James? He's a dreamer, but according to Mikey's musings, he is surely a keeper.

Is it any good?


Look Who's Talking proved that Americans love talking babies and served as a springboard for Travolta's comeback. While silly, the film stands the test of time and includes underappreciated performances by veteran Abe Vigoda (The Godfather, Barney Miller) as James's senile grandpa and Academy Award Winner Olympia Dukakis (Moonstruck, Tales of the City) as Molly's wisecracking mother. Look Who's Talking also includes a fabulous 1960s/1970s soundtrack that gives Travolta ample opportunity to throw in come classic dance moves.

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  • Families can talk about who it's intended for. What parts were for kids and what's for adults? Do you think this is a kid's movie? Why or why not?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:October 13, 1989
DVD release date:February 24, 1998
Cast:Bruce Willis, John Travolta, Kirstie Alley
Director:Amy Heckerling
Studio:Sony Pictures
Run time:93 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:mature material.

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Parent of a 11 year old Written bydramaqueen@hotm... June 16, 2011

as long as kids have guardins to watch with then yes its ok to watch!

the movie is so cute yes ofcourse if you have kids there gonna probably ask you about the beginnig of the movi ethe sperm and egg i remember when i were little i seen this movie back then i was only 4 so i did'nt understand the very first part of the movie the egg i always thought was a heart and the sperm i did'nt get it ofcourse at 4 years of age no child knows what that means but the movie is funny and kids can watch it as long as there with there guardins yeah Pg-13 movies are for kids over 13 but if they have they folks its a cool movie to watch the baby is so cute little Mikey oh how i love him!
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 14 years old Written byCSM Screen Name... April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
Adult Written byG3 April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age

PG-13 movies are supose to be for kids over 13!

Some of them are exeptions for kids! This ones not!


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