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On my "Rent," "Buy," or "Don't Bother" scale this is a definite "Buy."
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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