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A bit soapy but a charming performance from Diane Keaton makes this film rather charming and watchable
I am neither a woman nor am I someone who works within the world of office buildings and expense reports. Still, the look at the specific issues of being a woman / mother working in the modern sector here seem both authentic and sadly timeless. While much of the movie is relatively forgettable, there's enough little pleasures (small-town life humor, learning to raise a daughter) and heartfelt feminism to make it worthwhile.
Charles Shyer should make a sequel to BABY BOOM with the original cast now 30+ years older, where a grown-up Elizabeth is living with her mother in Vermont with no job prospects after the recession, totally fed up with J.C.'s neoliberal bullshit. Early on in the film, J.C.'s male boss tells her that she'll "never have it all"---that family life and city life and corporate life are incompatible---and the movie somehow believes that it's a feminist message to, uh, agree entirely that a woman can't be successful in New York AND be a mother? That rather than be a partner in an enormous law firm, a mother is better suited to, uh, make gourmet baby food and live in a part of the country where she's stuck with only one viable sexual partner, who forces his tongue down her happily unresistant throat? Lower your expectations, ladies---not just for life in general, but for what to expect from this awful boomer nonsense.
Like her character in the film, Diane Keaton carries the film very well by not turning the act into pure amusement but also perfectly embodying independent motherhood in unexpected struggles and decision-making, which the latter is eventually where the heart truly blossoms in the solidification of the mostly maintained subjective meaning. (B+)
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In this film, you see JC navigate through motherhood as a mother not by choice. She is forced into the life of a mother. Her life path goes against societal norms as a single working mother and the process of took for her to realize that she could not focus fully on her family and her job as well.
This movie was not only funny but hit home on a lot of secular issues that women had to confront but then and even now. Love Love this movie
It's ok nothing great
It's good movie to watch
Corporate executive has her life turned upside down when she is given guardianship over a distant relative's young daughter. Standard situations ensue in the adjustments to motherhood and the eventual discovery that self-worth may not only be measurable by income and status. Critics loved it of course but it's not very funny and entirely predictable.
Focused career woman becomes a mom overnight when she becomes a guardian for her deceased distant cousin's toddler. It was amazing to see her move to the country, start a new romance, found a baby food company and turn it into a $3 million business without the child aging. Her firm really should not have let her go.