Look Who’s Talking
Release year: 1989
Director: Amy Heckerling
Screenwriter: Amy Heckerling
Starring: Kirstie Alley, John Travolta, Bruce Willis (voice), Olympia Dukakis, George Segal, Abe Vigoda, Twink Caplan, Jason Schaller
When Mollie (Alley) discovers she is pregnant with her married lover she decides to raise the baby on her own. During labour she meets cab driver James (Travolta) who drives her to the hospital and afterwards get involved in the life of Mollie and her son Mikey. Everything is narrated by baby Mikey (Willis) giving a baby perspective to the chaos of adulthood.
It’s such a simple and brilliant set-up that the most unbelievable thing is it wasn’t though of earlier. Off course it helps that the baby is voiced by the charmingly cheeky Willis (Die Hard, 1988) and in the capable hands of Heckerling (Clueless, 1995), who got the idea during her pregnancy, the movie is a smorgasbord of great one-liners (‘Are you thinking, what I am thinkin? Yeah, lunch!’). Alley (Village of the Damned, 1995) is great as Mollie, charming and real, and Travolta (Grease, 1978), well, is Travolta.The two are great together and the baby thoughts makes jokes of everyday things by making us look at them anew. Funny, charming and undeniable sweet, Look Who’s Talking is a classic.
Amy Heckerling was inspired to write the film after her husband and writer Neal Israel started playfully talking in a different voice to pretend what their new baby would say. Her husband also has a cameo as Kirstie Alley’s character’s boss.