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.
When I was a kid, my sister and I would watch this film, laughing over Michael Keaton’s antics as a stay-at-home dad. After watching him change a diaper and rev up a chain saw, I was never able to take him seriously as Batman.
This came out around the time I was deciding which career to pursue. JC’s dilemma made me realize that, despite feminism, you can’t easily wear a suit and take care of a baby. That said, motherhood never looked so good as Diane Keaton raises her kid, creates a baby food business and dates Sam Shepard. If single motherhood were that much fun, the birth rate would truly rise.
Baby's Day Out
I recently watched this John Hughes flick with my seven year old. I never could stand the talking baby movies-they annoy me. Thank goodness Baby Bink, the star of this film, just crawls around dangerous places without speaking. The buffoon adults provide enough entertainment to grin and bear the scenes of ‘baby crossing the street’ and ‘baby climbing out of the taxi.” Lara Flynn Boyle does an especially good job of over-acting the part of a concerned mom.
Who can resist Nicholas Cage and Holly Hunter as a couple so desperate to be parents that they steal a baby? The antics in this film are hilarious. Nathan Jr., the baby, is kidnapped by a cop, bank robbers and a bounty hunter and eventually left in the middle of the road. He never cries, but most of the adults do. Every parent can relate to the final scene of giving the baby back without repercussions. Only in the movies can such an act take place.
Polanski’s film about bearing the devil’s child is enough to scare anyone away from procreation. Ruth Gordon as the friendly neighbor who makes special shakes made me wary of any homemade treats delivered to my door during my pregnancies. This is not a movie for a newlywed or pregnant woman. Best to watch it when you are well immersed in parenthood. Then you can appreciate the fact that no matter how badly your kid behaves, you will always be the mom sacrificing every ounce of your soul for the joy of parenthood.