To celebrate the release of Focus Features’ movie Babies, FilmInFocus asked a group of people whose work involves new arrivals to pick their top baby-related movies.
Ingredients: two real winners, a not-so-convincing love story, a slightly more convincing baby wish and a “sure, that will work out” kidnap plan. Nathan Jr., the little tike in the middle of it all, remains surprisingly happy and doesn’t seem to need much, like food, or a diaper change. It’s Look Who’s Talking by the Coen brothers.
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This one’s from his point of view. In fact, Mom’s the bad guy for most of the story. Woe-is-me Kevin Bacon hates growing up and fatherhood looms large. But, when the baby is ready to come, Dad’s finally ready to embrace his new role. If that sounds like a Hollywood cliché, it’s not intentional. In fact, it’s the ending that made this movie for me.
No actual baby here, but plenty of trying. Hugh Laurie, in his pre-House days, borrows from life, and his wife’s diary, to write a screenplay on a couple’s struggles with infertility. Ben Elton’s book had me peeing my pants, the movie is not quite as funny, but very sweet.
Forget about boy or girl, Rosemary would have been happy with just human. Mia Farrow rocks in this and so does her funky short do ― like the movie, it’s withstood the test of time pretty well. Rosemary’s desperation as she realizes no one can be trusted, her selfish son-of-a-gun husband included, is unsettling and real.
After that, let’s end on a sweeter note. Here’s the deal: He’s not a freak, he’s just special! And to any mom who cannot relate to Mrs. Jumbo, what is wrong with you?! “Let those eyes, sparkle and shine…” I have to cry every time I hear that song ― current pregnant state not helping. I used to sing my own little boy to sleep with it.