Baby Boom (1987)


“Now look. There is nothing in the world to get uptight about. We are two summa cum laudes. We can handle one little baby for eight hours. ” – JC Wiatt

Number of Times Seen – Between 5-10 times (Cable in the 80’s and 90’s, 9 Sep 2001  and 3 May 2017)

Brief Synopsis – An advertising executive has her life turned around when she inherits the baby of a distant relative who was killed in a car accident.

My Take on it – I was quite surprised at how much I enjoyed watching this film after not having seen it in 15 years.

My life has changed so much over that time and the fact that I’m a parent now gives me such a different perspective than when I was single or even when I was a kid and saw this.

Diane Keaton is so much fun to watch in this film because she gets to play a dual part; a tough as nails executive and a new parent dealing with life where you must nurture a child.

It’s pretty ironic that she chose this role since she herself never got married and didn’t have any kids yet when this film was made yet adopted two kids years later.

There are many parts of this film that are quite kitschy yet they still feel wholesome and fun due to the pastoral setting of much of this film.

The supporting cast are quite enjoyable to watch because they are all so different and have diverse quirky mannerism that you both chuckle yet recognize the kind of people that they are.

Bottom Line – Such a fun film and Keaton is amazing in this role which has dual personalities. Some of the film is a bit kitschy yet it still feels wholesome due to the location setting.  The supporting cast is fun to watch because they give us lots of diverse personalities for the varying characters.  I enjoyed this so much more now since I am a parent than I did when I watched it as a kid or even when I was single. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Writer-producer Nancy Meyers once said of this film: “Our movie is about someone who never planned on motherhood. The comedy comes from J.C.’s ineptness to deal with this surprise. Ten years ago [c. 1977], Baby Boom (1987) would have probably starred a man, because not until recently, with the great female drive toward careerism and success, would it be believable that a woman could be so ill-prepared for motherhood.”  (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy

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3 thoughts on “Baby Boom (1987)

  1. This movie is interesting one to look at from a feminist perspective. It sells that whole notion of women can have it all. The family, business, everything. I love it but it’s very different than the feminist roles of the 70s or 90s. Interesting to me

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