Look Who’s Talking

Look Who’s Talking (1989)

Riding the wave of 1980s baby movies (“Mr. Mom”, “Baby Boom”, “Three Men and a Baby”, etc.), “Look Who’s Talking” takes the novel approach of telling the story through the baby’s eyes.  Mikey comes to know the world around him as his mother tries to muddle her way through it while looking for something better for the both of them.  Mikey, though, is the one who sees what that something better is.

Bruce Willis is spot-on as the voice of Mikey.  I’m not usually one to give a lot of praise to voice actors, but Willis perfectly captures the vibrancy and wonder of youth without hamming it up too much.  John Travolta is similarly perfect in his role as the “anything to get by” cabbie that inadvertently stumbles into Mikey’s life.  While Kirstie Alley may be the weakest link of the three, she does fine and – more importantly – her chemistry on the screen with Travolta is palpable and they quickly become one of the more believable “reluctant couples” I can think of.  The other noteworthy thing about this film – to me- was how well done it is for a talking baby/little kid movie.  Generally speaking, putting a small kid in a movie (and, worse yet, to feature the child prominently) is one of the best ways to ruin a movie.  But this was either the best kid/director combo ever or whoever worked with Willis really knew what they were doing as far as syncing up Mikey and his inner dialogue.

Trite?  Yes.  Cheesy?  Yes.  And silly and adorable as well.

Stars: 3.5/5


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