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Baby Boom (1987)

Diane Keaton , Sam Shepard , Charles Shyer  |  PG |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (313 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Diane Keaton, Sam Shepard, Harold Ramis, Kristina Kennedy, Michelle Kennedy
  • Directors: Charles Shyer
  • Writers: Charles Shyer, Nancy Meyers
  • Producers: Bruce A. Block, Nancy Meyers
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Letterboxed, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: MGM Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 6, 2001
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (313 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000542C9
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,099 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Baby Boom" on IMDb

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J.C. Wiatt (Keaton) thinks she has it all together. Beautiful and talented, she's on the road to certain success. So when an adorable baby girl comes into her life by way of a distant cousin's will, it's J.C. who breaks out in a rash! Juggling power lunches and powdered formula, she is soon forced off the fast track by a conniving colleague and a bigoted boss. But this lady won't stay down for long. She'll prove to the world that a woman can have it alland onher own terms too!

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars DIANE KEATON IS MAGIC December 17, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
Baby Boom remains one of my favorite silly movies -- featuring so many enticing and amusing elements, it is like a terrific turkey sandwich the day after Thanksgiving, with loads of mayo. Diane Keaton, always one of my personal favorites, displays her usual charm and actually makes you laugh out loud at many points throughout. Her Tiger Lady is one of the best caricatures of a shark-like corporate female ever, and her blossoming softness, courtesy of that adorable baby girl, is a joy to behold. The settings, from the hustle-bustle of a cheerfully skewed Manhattan office and environs, to the Christmas-card perfection (but don't be fooled!) of a Vermont farmhouse, pull you in, and add color to a predictable but funny plot. Sam Shepard lends his trademark subtlety and attractiveness as a Vermont vet. This movie is hard to resist.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A guilty pleasure.. February 8, 2001
By Bruce E
It's silly, it's sentimental, it's not a "great" film, but it'll charm the pants off you. Ten years after "Annie Hall" Keaton hits her prime playing a force of nature transformed by a three-year-old and Sam Shepard's gentle country vet. This is a spartan DVD with few frills--just the original trailer and the choice of English or French soundtracks and French/Spanish/English subtitles.
On my "Rent," "Buy," or "Don't Bother" scale this is a definite "Buy."
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Engaging Performance by Diane Keaton January 13, 2002
As anyone who has walked a mile or two knows, life is about choices and making decisions. And a lot of that has to do with realizing and setting priorities, because-- as a wise person once said-- You Can't Have It All. It's the lesson we all learn in our own way in our own time, according to our own personal situation, and director Charles Shyer examines one of them in his amiable comedy, "Baby Boom," starring Diane Keaton.
J.C. Wiatt (Keaton) is a high-powered businesswoman on the fast track to success; she knows what she wants, has set her priorities, and a partnership in the firm for which she works is on the horizon. Her live-in significant other, Steven (Harold Ramis), is of a like mind-set, so they complement one another's life style perfectly. Marriage and/or having children is in neither of their respective vocabularies. then one day, J.C. "inherits" a baby, the child of a distant relative (a cousin she'd met only once) who has been killed in a tragic accident, and suddenly, J.C.'s world is turned upside down. Keeping the baby is out of the question, of course. Or is it? For J.C., it just may not be as simple as it seems, initially. She's been living life on her own terms, but now she is once again faced with choices, decisions and setting priorities. And along the way, she learns one of life's most important lessons: The fact that the lesson never ends.
There's some amusing moments and some insights to be gleaned from Shyer's film, and overall it's a pleasant, enjoyable experience. It is not, however, an entirely original idea, and Shyer laces it with stereotypes and cliches to boot. This is not necessarily a bad thing, though. If his characters are stereotypical, it's because they reflect a certain realism. J.C.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Endearingly touching July 31, 2005
Sorry some reviewers thought this movie was a waste of time -- not every Diane Keaton film can be an Oscar winner. Baby Boom, however, succeeds in touching the heart of anyone who has had such a driven and hectic corporate career that the notion of burping a bouncing baby on your lap is as foreign as learning to write backwards!

When J.C. Wyatt, a successful ad executive, "inherits" baby Elizabeth after an unfortunate accident claims the baby's parents (J.C.'s cousin), she is forced to manage the demands of runny noses, changing diapers (what a great scene where she actually reads the directions on the package to figure out how to put the diaper on!) along with the cut throat corporate climbers in the male-dominated world of advertising.

There are scenes so heartwarming it will bring tears to your eyes, like when J.C. falls asleep cuddling baby Elizabeth when she is sick, or when the prospective adoptive parents are so rigid and heartless that they aren't "getting a boy" it sends J.C. flying out the door, baby in tow, ready to give it another try. Even if you are not a parent, you will appreciate J.C.'s hysteria over finding the right babysitter, the proper medicine, and just about every toy known to toddlers.

James Spader is the sly fox colleague who steals J.C.'s accounts out from under her before she makes the decision to leave New York City behind and settle into a Vermont "dream house" with Elizabeth. After numerous mishaps with the house, nearly going broke on repairs and battling a brutal Northern winter, J.C. stumbles upon a golden idea to sell her homemade baby food to the local shops. Alas she is financially on top again, and really loving being a mom.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Motherhood and Career - Who Wins? July 21, 2007
This movie takes me back to the high powered 80s when career was everything and women were expected to choose - motherhood or career. It is still that way, but many women are choosing to be "stay at home" moms as career pressures grow. It makes me wonder why the US isn't more family and child care centered. Maybe someday?
This movie is a fun story about Diane Keaton ending up as a mom without any planning and having motherhood temporarily derail her career. She finds another avenue to have both. It is very sweet and still sends a message we need to hear.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 4 days ago by domenica dimaio
5.0 out of 5 stars This movie is the BEST I have ever seen
This movie is the BEST I have ever seen! The baby is precious, Diane Keeton is incredible & the veterinarian is terrific!
I can't watch it enough. I share it with friends. Read more
Published 5 days ago by carol r
5.0 out of 5 stars Diane Keaton very funny
Love the movie.
Published 5 days ago by Sandra
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Would like to order one
Published 14 days ago by Verla M. shultz
4.0 out of 5 stars Generally a good plot, but very
Generally a good plot, but very, very, very 80's. You have been warned! Shoulder pads and shallow attempts at feminism abound.
Published 16 days ago by Claire E Victory
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of my all time favorites.
Published 20 days ago by Florida Mom Mom
1.0 out of 5 stars The DVD was for region 2 and could not be ...
The DVD was for region 2 and could not be played. Why was I sold a DVD for region 2? I will return the Dvd and want one for region 1
Published 22 days ago by Shirley Portie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 26 days ago by Rudy M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, heart warming moving to watch with family on ...
Great, heart warming moving to watch with family on a rainy night or just by yourself with a big bowl of popcorn and hot chocolate. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Gillian Dowling
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved this. It is the best.
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