Baby Boom (film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Charles Shyer|
|Produced by||Nancy Meyers
Bruce A. Block
|Written by||Nancy Meyers
|Music by||Bill Conti|
|Cinematography||William A. Fraker|
|Edited by||Lynzee Klingman|
|Distributed by||United Artists|
|October 7, 1987|
|Box office||$26,712,476 (US)|
Baby Boom is a 1987 comedy film starring Diane Keaton. The film also launched a subsequent television show, running from 1988 to 1989. The original music score was composed by Bill Conti and the cinematography was by William A. Fraker.
J.C. Wiatt (Diane Keaton) is a driven Manhattan career woman (nicknamed the "Tiger Lady") typical of the 1980s whose fast-paced life leaves her with no time for romance or relaxation (or as the narrator in the beginning puts it she works "5 to 9".), though she derives pleasure from her frantic schedule and demanding job. She works as a management consultant and lives with an investment banker (Harold Ramis), whose job and life are likewise hectic. Her life is thrown into turmoil when she inherits a toddler, Elizabeth (twins Kristina and Michelle Kennedy), from a deceased cousin whom she hadn't seen since 1954.
Caring for the child soon occupies much of her time and her business career begins to suffer, culminating in the loss of her boyfriend and job. Wiatt tries to give Elizabeth up for adoption but finds that she has grown too attached to the child, forcing a reevaluation of her priorities. She moves into a house in the country in Vermont. Purchasing the home without first having seen it in person or having it inspected she finds it is riddled with problems (failing plumbing and heating, lack of water, bad roof).
Suffering a nervous breakdown and on the brink of financial collapse, she sees an opportunity to sell baby food applesauce she had concocted for Elizabeth from fresh ingredients. Amid the clamor for her new products she develops a relationship with local veterinarian Jeff Cooper (Sam Shepard). At first annoyed by him, she is opposed to Jeff's overtures and is focused now on as fast as possible to return to New York. Finding a buyer for the house proves almost impossible.
After a rough start she succeeds in selling "Country Baby", her gourmet baby food, and soon business is booming. Finally, her old boss (Sam Wanamaker) and his client (Pat Hingle) take notice. They offer to buy her company for millions, take her product nationwide, and give her back her career and high-prestige life. On the brink of accepting, she decides that she can grow her enterprise on her own without having to sacrifice her personal life. She returns to Vermont and the arms of her new lover and adopted daughter.
- Diane Keaton — J.C. Wiatt
- Sam Shepard — Dr. Jeff Cooper
- Harold Ramis — Steven Buchner
- Sam Wanamaker — Fritz Curtis
- James Spader — Ken Arrenberg
- Pat Hingle — Hughes Larrabee
- Britt Leach — Verne Boone
- Linda Ellerbee — Narrator
- Kim Sebastian — Robin
- Mary Gross — Charlotte Elkman
- Kristina & Michelle Kennedy — Elizabeth
Baby Boom was favorably received by audiences and critics alike. The Rotten Tomatoes criticism aggregation website ranks it at 80 percent fresh (positive). It earned a respectable USD$1,608,924 in its opening weekend in the U.S. and earned approximately $26,712,476 in its entire run.
The film debuted strongly on VHS.
- Baby Boom (TV series) - As previously mentioned, Baby Boom subsequently inspired a sitcom series starring Kate Jackson as J.C. Wiatt. Sam Wanamaker (Fritz Curtis) and Michelle and Kristina Kennedy (Elizabeth) were the only actors from the film to reprise their roles in the TV series. The pilot premiered September 10, 1988 on NBC, and the series began on November 2, 1988. At the insistence of series creators Nancy Meyers and Charles Shyer, the show was made without a laugh track. In December 1988, NBC announced that the series would go on hiatus after the December 21 episode. After airing the first six episodes, the network had planned on bringing the show back for its back nine, after making certain "creative changes", but neither the remaining seven episodes of the first half of the season nor the back nine were ever made. Only one leftover episode of the original six ordered by the network aired, in the summer of 1989.
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