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

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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.

Violence

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

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

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

Consumerism
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?

QUALITY
 

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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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
Genre:Comedy
Run time:93 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:mature material.

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Written byAnonymous October 13, 2014
AGE
12
QUALITY
 

Great baby movie has some sexual references

I LOVE this movie but it has some sexual references (they show Mikey inside his mother's womb) and violence (the father has a fight with a tough guy who claims that he's Mikey's father) but there's only one cuss. (a--hole) All in all it's one of my fav PG-13 rated movies.
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Kid, 10 years old July 4, 2013
AGE
12
QUALITY
 

Innaproppiate

It's okay... I watched this with my 7-year old brother and 2-year old sister and obviously they didn't know what the sperm & egg scenes were about. I knew about sex a bit from some 12 movies and books and stuff, but they had no idea what was going on. My little brother thought the sperms were worms. The movie is rated a 12a in sky movies, most of the scenes are okay. But if it's going to be a 12a, they should take out the sperm scenes. It should maybe be a 15 with those scenes? I'm not sure anyway there is also this - molly has sex with a married man, and there's a lot of swearing too (mostly from the adults, but Mikey - the baby - calls someone a d--k for not letting him watch a programme about a bear. He's one.) anyway... around 11-12 for the youngest. well i know younger people watch 12, 15 and 18 movies - i watch 12s and some 15s - but for the actual rating, 12 at the youngest.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Kid, 12 years old April 12, 2012
AGE
15
QUALITY
 

stupid, boring, charmless, cheap, low budget, starter of stupid talking baby series. Bad language is the main issue with this off color movie. This movie lives up to it's pg-13 rating but not as bad as the other movies.

Disappointing, unrealistic, innapropriate, stupid, classic 80's XXX like movie. I'm going to list all the catagories of innapropriate material from 1/10. Violence 1/10, bad language 8/10, sexual content 6/10, drinking and drugs 5/10, positive role model 0/10, positive message 1/10, educational value 0/10, consumerism 3/10, good graphics 0/10. I wish I had never watched this movie! It was just a huge waste of time. My MPAA rating is pg-13 for strong persasive language, crude and offensive diolague, sexual references, sensuality, innuendo, off color humor,some mild comic violence, smoking, drinking and drug references. I do not agree with CSM for the on for 13+ rating. look for yo1yo2yo3 for more reviews about Look who's talking two, and Look who's talking now. You will find my reviews on this website if you look up: Braveheart, and The godfather part III. Unfortunatily, CSM didn't post all the Look who's talking movies on their website.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent Written byKarenFi5 October 3, 2011
AGE
16
QUALITY
 

Look out!

Two sex scenes in the movie. The F word is used once. The Lord's name is said in vain. All the while, the woman is having an affair with a married man.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing

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