Look Who's Talking (1989)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Domestic Comedy  |   Release Date - Oct 13, 1989 (USA)  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - PG13
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Review by Perry Seibert

Look Who's Talking gets by on the ease of the lead actors, and the arch delivery of Bruce Willis. The premise is sitcom material at best (as a failed television adaptation proved), but one of the reasons movie stars become stars is that they are able to elevate average material. Making one of his many comebacks, John Travolta is as warm and likable as he has been in any film. His character is equal part (non-criminal) con man and family man, but Travolta communicates an innate goodness that is appealing. Kirstie Alley, best known at the time for replacing Shelly Long on Cheers, does what she can with the least interesting of the three main characters. Bruce Willis walks off with the movie without ever appearing on-screen. His delivery was obviously reminiscent of his work on Moonlighting, but devoid of the sexual innuendo which made it click with a wide audience. Coming on the heels of Die Hard, this film showed another layer of Willis' talents. Look Who's Talking is far from a classic, but it is a well-made lighthearted comedy.