Look Who's Talking Too

Movie review by
Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media
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Comedy sequel has lots of cursing, sex, stereotypes.
  • PG-13
  • 1990
  • 81 minutes

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Positive Messages

Kids, especially siblings, have to stick together because you never know what adults are going to do. Lots of iffy gender stereotyping: army toys are for boys, Mollie needs to look younger and prettier to win back James, Mollie is harassed at her office and on the street, Mollie has to stop bossing James around, Mollie making more money than James makes him feel inadequate and defensive, toddler boys talk about being able to see up another toddler's dress and talk about playing doctor like they're bragging about having sex. Keeping a gun in a house with young children is justified when a burglar breaks in. A woman is berated for bringing her child into the office when she couldn't arrange child care.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Mollie and James are loving, devoted parents but struggle as a couple: heated arguments in front of the children, causing the kids distress. James scams free entry with the kids into a movie theater, teaches them to behave badly to get free popcorn. Baby Julie thinks her big brother Mickey is stupid. Mickey doesn't treat Julie very well, mostly because he's jealous, but when the chips are down he shows he really cares about her and they make up. Mollie's brother says he hates "orientals," and her hypercritical mother says James has the earning capacity of an illiterate immigrant. Mollie's brother leaves the kids alone in the apartment to chase a burglar; dangerous consequences are shown.

Violence

A toddler pushes another to the floor. Toddlers simulate a mugging, with one grabbing another's toy and a tug-of-war tussle. A surgeon's bloody, gloved hand shown several times. James punches a bad guy. Mickey hits James with a toy hammer during play time. War games with Nerf balls and squirt guns. The uncle sleeps with a gun, aims it at people who surprise him; keeping the gun later justified when it's used against a burglar. Mild scariness from a toddler imagining monsters in his room, including a demon-like puppet and a teddy bear transforming into a monster with red eyes, long claws, and large fangs; the toilet turns into a monster, which is then played for comedy. A toddler and infant are left alone in a fire. A burglar breaks in. A fetus in the womb wraps the umbilical cord around its neck, prompting emergency surgery.

Sex

Adults kiss in bed, sometimes clothed or in pajamas and a teddy; the man asks if her diaphragm is in. Animation shows an unfertilized egg traveling into a uterus, sperm swimming, with one saying this isn't a wet dream, lots of sperm hitting a diaphragm and falling, one slipping through the diaphragm and fertilizing the egg to sexually suggestive noises. An animated fetus in the womb talks, has open eyes, is visibly naked, and refers to having "two mouths," one of which is supposed to be the vagina. A toddler wonders where his sister's penis is and says "penis" several times. A montage of kissing in old Hollywood movies. Mention that getting laid is just a physical thing. A close-up of spraying perfume on breasts in a bra. Mention that something is better than sex. Toddlers talk about seeing up another's dress and playing doctor in a stereotyped way that suggests men bragging to each other about sexual conquests. Lots of sexual innuendo.

Language

"Buttholes," "f---ing," "a--hole," "ass," "damn," "fat ass," "butts," "d--kface," and "s--t." Lots of references to and jokes about toilets using "piss," "dump," "doo-doo," and "poo-poo." Innuendo about nuts and having big balls. A toddler says "penis" several times and calls his dad a "penis." A Gymboree-type teacher calls a kid a brat, played for comedy.

Consumerism

A toddler watches commercials for toys and instantly wants everything he sees advertised. A few food and drink products mentioned by name or shown with labels visible. James says Learjets are great. A Popeye doll and a Pee-wee Herman doll prominently played with. Several scenes show Zabar's tote bags.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Adults briefly drink wine and act giddy. A fantasy sequence glamorizes smoking and drinking while driving as cool and rebellious. A toddler picks up a glass tube in the park, which his mother says is a crack pipe.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Look Who's Talking Too is a sequel to the 1989 talking-baby hit Look Who's Talking. Of course it also features cute talking babies, but the mature situations, strong language, and sexual themes make it best for teens and up. There's lots of sexual innuendo and gender stereotyping. Sexual content includes an animated sequence showing conception and a fetus in the womb that talks in voice-over. The fetus wraps the umbilical cord around its neck, makes a joke about it, and an emergency Caesarian is performed that shows a doctor's bloody, gloved hand several times. Lots of strong language, including "f--k," "s--t," and "d--kface." Lots of potty language, too, like "poo-poo" and "dump." Toddlers talk like adults bragging about sex. Little kids may be scared by the toys that transform into monsters in the dark and by the toilet monster. A toddler picks up a glass pipe in the park and his mom says it's a crack pipe. A fantasy sequence glamorizes smoking and drinking while driving as cool and rebellious. There's a burglary, a man brandishes a gun several times, one punch in the face, and a fire with babies in danger.

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What's the story?

In LOOK WHO'S TALKING TOO, Mollie (Kirstie Alley) and James (John Travolta) have been married for about a year when Mollie gets pregnant again despite using birth control. This time it's a girl (Roseanne Barr), and Mickey (Bruce Willis) is more than a little jealous. Added pressure to use the potty and Mom and Dad's frequent fights about money don't help, either. When Mollie's brother moves in, it all becomes too much for James and he walks out. Can Mollie win him back?

Is it any good?

Unfortunately, despite the same director and the same strong cast, this sequel doesn't muster the same silly charm that made Look Who's Talking so popular. The jokes in Look Who's Talking Too at best just haven't aged well and at worst are in bad taste. Mature situations, sexual content, and strong language keep it from being a good family choice. Add to that a plot full of holes, a weak script, and a cast that doesn't seem that enthusiastic either, and there's not much reason to spend an evening watching this movie.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether Look Who's Talking Too is a good sequel. Did you see the first movie? How does this one compare? If you didn't see it, do you want to now?

  • Is the romance between Mollie and James realistic? Why or why not?

  • What makes a good parent? Are Mollie and James good parents? Why or why not?

  • What stereotypes does this movie promote?

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