On the surface, Christmas (or any holiday) is about family, food, and being with your loved ones. But, as we all know, this simple message is not always clear.
The final film in the Look Who’s Talking trilogy is Look Who’s Talking Now (1993). Taking place several years after Look Who’s Talking (1989) andLook Who’s Talking Too(1990), the family has grown. But so has their troubles. Mollie (Kirstie Alley) has lost her job due to the recession. James (John Travolta) has achieved his professional dream of becoming a pilot. Their children, Mikey (David Gallagher) and Julie (Tabitha Lupien) are now school aged.
The narrative kicks off with the arrival of James’s new boss, Samantha (Lysette Anthony). Samantha has eyes for James that go beyond the professional realm. Meanwhile, the family reluctantly adopts Rocks (voiced by Danny DeVito) and is forced to temporarily take care of Samantha’s dog Daphne (voiced by Diane Keaton). With Christmas coming, will they be together or will circumstances pull them apart?
I personally think that this movie is adorable. Though it fits neatly in the Christmas movie genre, it is neither too cutesy, schmaltzy, or over the top. There is just enough comedy and the message of being together for this time of year that makes it a pretty good watch in my book.
For many of us, sibling rivalry is par for the course when we are not an only child. The question is, when push comes to shove, do we continue that rivalry or do we put our siblings first?
Look Who’s Talking Too (1990) is the sequel to the 1989 movie, Look Who’s Talking (1989). James (John Travolta) and Mollie (Kirstie Allie) are now married. Mollie is pregnant with Julie (voiced by Roseanne Barr). Big brother Mikey (voiced by Bruce Willis) is not exactly sure about the soon to be new addition to the family. As James and Mollie deal with the struggle of raising two little ones, Mikey and Julie learn to live with one another.
Thirty years ago (is it really thirty years?), the reviewers destroyed the movie. I disagree. It’s not the most original of movies (or sequels), but it is charming. The comedy comes from the everyday-ness of the narrative, the stress that comes with marriage and raising children.
In the world of beauty competitions, the ultimate goal is to win. For some contestants and their handlers, that means resorting to tactics that break a few rules.
In the 1999 movie, Drop Dead Gorgeous, a small town in Minnesota is preparing for their annual beauty pageant. Gladys Leeman (Kirstie Alley) is the matriarch of the wealthiest family in town. She will do anything (and I mean anything) to ensure that her daughter Becky (Denise Richards) comes out on top.
But Becky has a rival in Amber Atkins (Kirsten Dunst), whose mother Annette (Ellen Barkin), is equally as eager to see her daughter take the crown. Before the winner is announced there will be some roadblocks along the way. One of which maybe a dead body.
It’s not quite a satire, but it has elements of the genre. What I remember about the movie is that is both entertaining and a treatise of how we treat young women. If all they learn is that their looks are the most important thing in life, what will their expectations be for the rest of their lives?
In the 1990’s, the Olsen twins were the child star darlings of the era. Nearly everything they touched turned into gold.
Well, almost everything….
In 1995, they starred in It Takes Two. Amanda (Ashley Olsen) is an orphan living in a orphanage run by Diane (Kirstie Alley). Alyssa (Mary-Kate Olsen) lost her mother quite a while ago. Her father (Steve Guttenberg) is on the verge of marrying again, but it appears that his soon to be wife is interested in her fiance for more than himself…..
This movie is your standard rom-com. The meet-cute between the potential couple, the meddling kids, the significant other already in the picture who might just break up the potential couple, etc. While it has the hallmarks of the the genre, I find this movie to be cookie cutter and boring.
First person narrative is a common storytelling technique. But it is uncommon when the first person narrative is through the eyes of a baby.
In Look Who’s Talking (1989), Mollie (Kirstie Alley) is a single, career focused woman who only wants a normal boyfriend. Unfortunately, she has a penchant for unavailable, older men. She soon finds herself pregnant by a married colleague. While in labor, she hails a cab to get to the hospital. The man in the drivers seat, James (John Travolta), might be the man she is looking for.
The story is told through voice over of Mikey (voiced by Bruce Willis), Mollie’s son. It’s one of those movies that is enjoyable, funny and still relevant after 26 years. Adding to it’s likability is that contrary to the rules in Hollywood, the sequels to this movie, Look Who’s Talking Too (1990) and Look Who’s Talking Now (1993), do not decline in quality as some movie sequels do.