Reviewer's Rating 3 out of 5   User Rating 3 out of 5
Baby Boom (1987)
PG

From time to time, Hollywood likes to make movies that assuage some of the guilt that it feels for being such a superficial, unthinking, materialistic behemoth. "Baby Boom" is one of these films - a typically 1980s movie whose essential message is 'making money and living in flash apartments is all well and good, but what we all really want is to have kids and live in an old house making jam'.

JC Wiatt (Keaton) is a high-flying yuppie, perfectly content with her luxurious Manhattan lifestyle and boyfriend Ramis. But a major shake-up arrives in the shape of Elizabeth (Kennedy and Kennedy), a distant relative's baby left to her in a will.

Before long, Ramis moves out and JC finds herself fired. But rather than seeking millions in compensation, she buys a decrepit pad in snowy Vermont and quits the rat race to care for her new infant. Soon, she has her eye on local vet Dr Jeff (a very smooth Shepard) and her homemade baby food is spiralling into a major cottage industry.

As a gentle comedy, this works in spades and while lesser actors may well have relegated it to made-for-telly cheese, Keaton is, of course, loaded with charisma and comic sense. Okay, so the message may be a little old-fashioned, but forget that and enjoy this for the light-hearted fun (with a couple of nice little twists) that it is. It even spawned a TV series starring Charlie's Angel, Kate Jackson.

Oh - and the babies are sooooooooo cute.

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Director: Charles Shyer

Writer: Charles Shyer, Nancy Shyer

Stars: Diane Keaton, Harold Ramis, Sam Shepherd, Kristina Kennedy, Michelle Kennedy, James Spader, Pat Hingle, Sam Wanamaker

Genre: Comedy

Length: 103 minutes

Cinema: 1987

Country: USA

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