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.
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.