Released as the Eighties were coming to an end, Look Who’s Talking was the first in a trilogy of films whose unique feature was that the viewer could hear what the young baby in the film was thinking.
Technically the film probably slots into the romantic comedy genre, but given that the spoken thoughts of the youngster were what provided most of the films funny moments, it is easy to overlook the fact that the film did actually have a plot.
Mollie Jensen (Kirstie Alley) is an accountant who finds herself pregnant after having an affair with one of her clients, Albert (George Segal). Despite promising to leave his wife and help bring up the child, Albert ends up breaking Mollie’s heart when she discovers him with another woman (and not his wife either).
She is so angry that she storms off, but then goes into labour, so hails a cab driven by a guy called James (John Travolta), who rushes her to hospital and is then mistaken by the hospital staff as being the father of the baby, and ends up being Mollie’s birthing partner. Mollie gives birth to a baby boy, who she names Mikey (and who’s thoughts are voiced by Bruce Willis).
Time goes by, and Mollie is coming to terms with being a single parent, when she discovers that James has been using her address in order to keep his grandfather in a local nursing home. James convinces Mollie to let him keep his grandfather in the home in exchange for becoming a babysitter.
As you can probably guess from this rather contrived sounding plot, James and Mollie end up becoming a couple, and the film ends with a scene where we see that Mikey is about to get a little sister.
The 1990 sequel, Look Who’s Talking Too, sees both Mikey and his sister, Julie, voicing their thoughts (Julie’s voice being provided by Roseanne Barr), whilst in 1993 Look Who’s Talking Now came along which saw the kids able to talk now, so instead we have Danny DeVito and Diane Keaton providing the voices for the families pet dogs. Me thinks that last one was a case of over egging the pudding somewhat.