Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Baby Boom


Baby Boom is an atypical upwardly mobile 80s comedy that sadly over eggs (over fertilises?) the pudding by having not one, but two fish out of water situations; businesswoman becomes parental guardian in the film's most successful and sweetly funny first half, and heading out to the sticks and struggling to adapt and conform in the flagging second half.

So uneven is the two  situations that it makes it feel like you're watching two different movies; the cinema equivalent of a cut and shut. 

I'd give the first half three stars and the second half two at a push.

Still Diane Keaton can do this sort of thing with a winning charm in her sleep, but she's beaten in the utterly adorable stakes this time round by the baby of the title who has far less screen time after the first hour, again another reason why this sadly outstays its welcome.

Directed by Charles Shyler, a man whose entire catalogue of work seems to be a litany of missed opportunities and ill advised projects.

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  1. I think you're so spot on in this. I like Keaton a lot, but the screenwriter here seems to have committed the same mistake as Goldie Hawn's "Private Benjamin" - wedging two fish-out-of-water scenarios needlessly together. Businesswoman saddled with a child was fun, but "Baby Boom" veers into "Green Acres" territory when she moves out of New York. In "Private Benjamin" I enjoyed the spoiled rich girl trapped in the military comedy, I was less fond of the expatriate in Paris second half. Maybe the filmmakers didn't think they could stretch the comedy of one idea to film length, but the result seems considerably less satisfying.
    By the way, I hadn't thought of this film for YEARS! Thanks for bringing it up!

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    1. I completely agree Ken, Private Benjamin suffers the same problems.

      I hadn't thought of it myself for some time, but spookily I saw a DVD of it in a charity shop recently, thought little of it and then less than a month later, up it crops on TV

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