Review – Look Who’s Talking (1989)

Let’s play a game of telephone and make some assumptions that, while aren’t terribly illogical, are indeed completely wrong at the same time. I’ve been wanting to review Look Who’s Talking for a long time. This movie sprung up in the late eighties and was popular enough to create an entire trilogy… silly me, I figured due to the title, there was an actual talking baby… by that, I mean talking in a way that his parents can actually hear and understand, creating a massive difference in the direction of the plot. However, that’s really not what we get. At all. Let’s get into it.

This film centers on a man, a woman, and a baby. The woman is the mother, but the man is not the father, he’s just a lowly cab driver. What follows is what can only be described as a romantic comedy when it comes to the story itself. What gives it that special edge that made a difference in the late eighties was that it featured narration from the baby’s point of view.

So let me get this straight. In this film entitled Look Who’s Talking, the baby doesn’t talk, we just hear his thoughts, correct? So nothing he says makes a single difference to what happens in the film then, right? We just get some humorous insight as to what babies think about and why… in exactly the same style as in America’s Funniest Home Videos. I fully understand that in the late eighties, this was fairly new and original, but in 2016, we’ve seen this exact same thing in a lot of other current things – most recently Stewie in Family Guy. But also, the Baby Geniuses series and Rugrats. Tell me again why this movie turned into a trilogy?

I’m not going to sit here and tell you it’s a bad movie, because it’s really not. It’s just not what I thought it would be. In the end, as far as the story was concerned, it was really very typical. However, it did actually have pretty good chemistry between the two leads, and those two together could pull in a couple sequels without the baby even talking. There was only a couple of scenes where, as the audience, I felt like the babys perspective was really important. The rest of the movie honestly pulled most of their strength from the leads, which is fine.

It’s hard to praise a movie on a gimmick, I’ll say that right off hand, but at the same time, there is something deeply classic and nostalgic that you feel when watching this film, which ultimately saves it from being something unimportant and ultimately pointless. Then again, I feel like a great number of films in the eighties had that feeling, good or bad, and Look Who’s Talking fits right in there with the rest.

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