Look Who's Talking

Movie review by
Kelly Kessler, Common Sense Media
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Dated '80s talking-baby tale has lots of cursing, sex.
  • PG-13
  • 1989
  • 93 minutes

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 10 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Movie strongly implies that a woman cannot raise a child on her own, that a man needs to be there. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

No positive role models. 

Violence

Crazy car chase (but no one injured), scuffle between James and Albert. Molly punches James in the face. Dream imagery of Molly hanging off her "biological clock" that is on top of a skyscraper, then falling. 

Sex

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.

Language

The baby calls his mother's date a "d--k." In another scene, the baby says, "I feel like a retard." Occasional profanity: "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," "pisses," "goddammit," "bastard." Sexual slang like "pork" used, sexual innuendo, breast jokes. When the mother lies and says the baby was artificially inseminated, John Travolta's character asks if she's a "lesbo." Lots of defecation and urination humor revolving around the baby. 

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

When the mother is given drugs to numb the pain of giving birth, the baby is shown acting like he's high. Cigarette smoking. Social drinking. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Look Who's Talking is a 1989 comedy in which Kirstie Alley gives birth to a baby who is voiced by Bruce Willis. For those who haven't seen the movie in a few years, there's a surprising amount of adult and iffy humor that make this best for teens and older. The movie begins with talking sperm cells swimming to try to fertilize an egg. Alley's character becomes pregnant from a man who's having an extramarital affair with her; much of the second half of the movie concerns itself with the idea that a woman couldn't possibly raise a child without a man's help. During the birth of the baby, the woman is given Demarol, and the baby is shown acting high on drugs. In one scene, the baby calls his mother's date a "d--k," and in another scene, says "I feel like a retard." Lots of the humor is derived from the baby's defecation and urination habits. One of the babies in the maternity ward is Indian and talks in a stereotypical accent. There are lots of sex jokes and innuendo, and occasional profanity, including "f--k" (used once). 

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byRuth E. March 1, 2018

Extremely sexual

There is lots of implied sex and two sex scenes. Lots of unmarital sex also.
Adult Written bygoodgirl November 14, 2015

cute.

cool 80's movie. the star of the movie we see an egg and the sperm racing to the egg. baby Mikey is cute and wise.
Kid, 12 years old July 3, 2020

Not for kids

Well I was actually 10 when I watched this movie now obviously many children might have watched it due to the baby on the poster(It looked like a kids film) and... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written by03Sheldonerdmov... September 9, 2019

Love it. I enjoy watching it. You will to.

I love it. It's funny. It is educational when it comes to sex. My mom used to use this to teach us about sex. It has several profanities, but you won'... Continue reading

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?

This goofy comedy proved that Americans love talking babies and served as a springboard for Travolta's comeback. While silly and outdated, the film 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 some classic dance moves.

Talk to your kids about ...

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

  • What are some of the ways in which this comedy from the 1980s has not aged well? What are some other examples of movies from the '80s in which humor is derived from sexism, racism, or inappropriate behavior? 

  • How has the idea of "families" evolved since the time when this movie was released? 

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