Look Who's Talking

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Look Who's Talking
Look whos talking.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAmy Heckerling
Produced byJonathan D. Krane
Written byAmy Heckerling
StarringJohn Travolta
Kirstie Alley
Music byDavid Kitay
CinematographyThomas Del Ruth
Editing byDebra Chiate
StudioManagement Company Entertainment Group (M.C.E.G.)
Distributed byTri-Star Pictures
Release dates
  • October 13, 1989 (1989-10-13)
Running time96 minutes [1]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$7.5 million[2]
Box office$296,999,813[3]
 
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Look Who's Talking
Look whos talking.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAmy Heckerling
Produced byJonathan D. Krane
Written byAmy Heckerling
StarringJohn Travolta
Kirstie Alley
Music byDavid Kitay
CinematographyThomas Del Ruth
Editing byDebra Chiate
StudioManagement Company Entertainment Group (M.C.E.G.)
Distributed byTri-Star Pictures
Release dates
  • October 13, 1989 (1989-10-13)
Running time96 minutes [1]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$7.5 million[2]
Box office$296,999,813[3]

Look Who's Talking is a 1989 romantic comedy film written and directed by Amy Heckerling and starring John Travolta and Kirstie Alley.[4] Bruce Willis plays the voice of Mollie's son, Mikey.[5] The film features George Segal as Albert, the illegitimate father of Mikey.

Plot[edit]

Mollie is an accountant living and working in New York City. The latest client she has been assigned by her firm is a charmingly handsome but shallow, womanizing executive named Albert. He seduces her, and although he is married, he embarks on an affair with her, promising to leave his wife for her.

Mollie insists that their relationship has to stop; however, succumbing to temptation, she proceeds to have sex with him, and becomes pregnant. Once she realizes this, she informs him, who takes the news well and again promises to leave his wife and raise the baby with her. Until then, she decides to tell her eccentric and overbearing parents that there is no father and that she became pregnant via a sperm donor. She continues her relationship with him as the pregnancy develops; however, she fears he is seeing another woman, Melissa. Later, when she and her best friend, Rona, are shopping, she finds him in a clinch with Melissa. He then tells her that he is in love with Melissa and that he leaving his wife, so he and Melissa can get a place together. Angry and upset, a heartbroken Mollie storms off in a rage while the fight causes her to suddenly go into labor. When she hails a cab, the driver, James Ubriacco, realizes the seriousness of the situation and speeds off to the hospital. Upon reaching the hospital, the nurses mistake him for the baby's father, and he feels inclined to stay. She gives birth to a son and names him Michael, "Mikey" for short. A few days after he is brought home, she receives a visit from James, and he returns the purse she left behind in his taxi, even though she claims it was stolen. He meets Mikey, and they seem to enjoy each other's company.

Over the next month, Mollie is dealing with being a single parent and Mikey is becoming used to his new world when she discovers that James has been using her address to keep his grandfather in a nursing home in the local area. She confronts him and he offers to babysit Mikey if she lets him continue to use the address, to which she agrees. She starts dating again but quickly realizes that none of the men she has been seeing are good enough for Mikey. We see three of them with her at restaurants, then we see her imagining how they'd treat him after witnessing their behaviors: the first angrily berates the waiter for messing up his order and she imagines him being an abusive father; the second is a fastidious neat freak who she sees as too uptight; the third is a man named Harry who works with her father. James tricks him into taking advantage of her by having her pay for everything. One night, she lets her guard down and almost sleeps with James; however, after imagining what life would be like if she married him, she asks him to leave, despite him telling her he loves both her and Mikey.

Soon after, Mollie is forced to help Albert with his taxes, when he pleads with her to let him see Mikey. She agrees but forgets to inform James, who is babysitting him. A fight ensues when Albert arrives and claims to be Mikey's father; James does not believe this is possible, as Mollie had told him she used a sperm donor. James is further unconvinced when he asks him questions about Mikey to prove he's the father and finds out that, apart from Mikey's birthday, Albert knows absolutely nothing about him. They get into an argument, and Albert leaves. Later, Mollie takes Mikey to see Albert, who shows that he has not changed; she proceeds to destroy his office with the help of a very enthusiastic Mikey. She receives a call from the nursing home James' grandfather is living at complaining about his behavior. She explains to the manager why his behavior had been so bad, and he agrees to let him stay, believing her to be James' wife. She runs into James outside the office; he had overheard the discussion, and he thanks her.

While Mollie is pleading with the manager, Mikey escapes from James' grandfather. First he wanders into the cafeteria and then the kitchen. After he sees a taxi outside the nursing home and believes it to be James', he climbs in as it is taken away by a tow truck. After leaving it, he ends up standing in the middle of open traffic, looking for James' taxi. James and Mollie rescue him from the street, and when he calls him "Da-da," she sees that he is not only perfect for Mikey, but perfect for her, as well. They kiss, with Mikey looking on happily.

As the credits roll, James and an older Mikey are shown walking through the hospital to see Mollie (now married to James), who has just given birth to Mikey's half-sister, Julie.

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Reception[edit]

Look Who's Talking currently holds a 59% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.[6]

The film grossed $140,088,813 domestically and a worldwide total of $296,999,813,[3] making it Travolta's most successful film in 11 years since Grease.

Sequels and reboot[edit]

The film was successful enough to spawn two sequels: Look Who's Talking Too (1990) and Look Who's Talking Now (1993). The success of the first two films also inspired an ABC sitcom called Baby Talk, which aired from 1991–92 and featured Tony Danza as the voice of "Baby Mickey." John Travolta, Kirstie Alley, and Olympia Dukakis are the only actors to appear in all three films in the series.

On April 6, 2010, it was reported that Fast & Furious producer Neal H. Moritz is planning to reboot the series.[7]

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