Look Who's Talking

1989, Movie, PG-13, 93 mins

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The voice of Bruce Willis is the "who" in LOOK WHO'S TALKING, a mildly amusing comedy buoyed by a voiceover gimmick. With trademark irony, Willis supplies dialogue for an infant, whose jaundiced view of the adult word provides the laughs. Mollie (Kirstie Alley) is an accountant who's been sleeping with Albert (George Segal), a married client who can't bring himself to leave his wife. Even Mollie's pregnancy doesn't change his mind. But when Mollie goes into labor, she meets an interesting taxi driver (John Travolta).

Writer-director Amy Heckerling takes a clever idea and conveys it superbly. The voiceover works well because the filmmakers use the device for all it's worth, with Willis providing a voice for the child when it's a sperm, a fetus, and a baby. With his sarcastic delivery, Willis has the ideal voice for the part. Alley and Travolta are affable enough, but the story itself is ordinary and merely passes time. Thanks to the ingenious voiceover, however, LOOK WHO'S TALKING is a genial, entertaining film, the enormous popularity of which led to two more mediocre installments, in 1990 and 1993. leave a comment

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