Baby It's You (1983)

Baby It's You




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In the early 1960s, two very different New Jersey high schoolers share their first love in this bittersweet romantic drama, an early feature by writer/director John Sayles. Jill Rosen (Rosanna Arquette) is a sweet, overachieving Jewish girl heading for college to become an actor; "Sheik" Capodilupo (Vincent Spano) is a mysterious, confident Italian guy who pushes his way into Jill's already busy life. Sheik successfully woos Jill, and the story follows their ups and downs as teenage romantics. … More

Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
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Written By: Amy Robinson, John Sayles
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 7, 2003
Box Office: $1.9M
Paramount Pictures

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Critic Reviews for Baby It's You

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (5)

Arquette and Spano hit exactly the right note.

Full Review… | February 27, 2008
Time Out
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A labor of love for everyone involved.

Full Review… | February 27, 2008
New York Times
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As a filmmaker, Sayles still seems more likable than incisive or original, but it's a likability with a certain brilliance.

Full Review… | February 27, 2008
Chicago Reader
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Rosanna Arquette has a way about her.

Full Review… | February 27, 2008
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | February 23, 2012
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A patchy romance but tough-minded and full of vividly smudged emotions

Full Review… | December 18, 2011

Audience Reviews for Baby It's You


Written and directed by John Sayles, "Baby It's You" is on the surface a genuinely heartfelt romance. Like a lot of Sayles' other movies(this is his only studio movie to date), it also works on a political level as it relates to perceptions and class.

It is 1967 and Jill Rosen(Rosanna Arquette) is a high school senior in Trenton, New Jersey who is interested in becoming an actress and has auditioned for the lead in the school play. Sheik(Vincent Spano), a new student, asks her out for a date which she at first declines but eventually succumbs to his charm.(I thought Sheik was originally a Rudolph Valentino reference and no doubt he is handsome. I was shocked at the real reason for the nickname which is revealed late in the movie.) He is going in the opposite direction as Jill, rarely attending his own classes and occasionally attending hers.

Inside of the cocoon of their high school lives and routines, Jill and Sheik come together but things change as they move out into the wider world and encounter different attitudes and people that have an effect on them. "Baby It's You" starts in a world that still resembles the 1950's in many ways set to a Frank Sinatra soundtrack but ends up in the conflicted 1960's, minus any reference to Vietnam. And to its credit, the movie does end on a truly lovely note.

Walter M.

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