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.
Diane Keaton plays J.C. Wiatt, a yuppie who has everything her little heart — safely nestled beneath a double-breasted blazer — could desire: a high-powered job in advertising and a low-libido boyfriend. When a distant relative dies, though, she “inherits” the woman’s toddler. Can she satisfy the toughest client she’s ever faced? This movie’s witty twists and turns, and its memorably wacky cast of supporting characters, will leave you smiling wider than J.C.’s shoulder pads.
Ginger Rogers did more than just dance with Fred Astaire: She also starred in this sweet comedy about a young, single gal who finds a baby and decides to take care of it. Of course, everybody thinks it’s her illegitimate child (a big scandal back in the day). Her boss’s son is ordered to keep her morally upright…and finds himself falling for the spunky heroine.
Children of Men
Think all baby movies have to be awww-inspiring chick flicks? Check out this dark, deep tale, set in 2027. In this dystopia of the near future, humans can no longer procreate. As mankind approaches extinction, a cynical bureaucrat makes a huge discovery: the first pregnant woman in 18 years. It’ll be an even bigger miracle if he can usher her to safety. Watch this one and you’ll never roll your eyes at a screaming infant on an airplane again. (As if!)
The big baby in this movie is Ben Stone, a pothead who finds himself hurtling toward fatherhood after a one-night stand. He’s got a good heart, but that alone won’t make him a great dad — a lesson he’ll have to learn, and fast. Sounds like serious stuff, but you’ll laugh so hard, you’ll wish you were wearing a diaper.
The Coen brothers are known for their brooding fare, from Fargo to No Country for Old Men. But they know how to bring the funny, too; Arizona’s the proof. The cult classic stars Nicholas Cage and Holly Hunter as couple driven to desperation by infertility. Their solution? To kidnap one of the “Arizona Quints,” a fivesome born to a fertile furniture king. But first they’ve got to get around a bounty hunter hot on their trail. Follow along on the deliciously crazy ride!