Look Who's Talking Now
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|Look Who's Talking Now|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Tom Ropelewski|
|Produced by||Leslie Dixon
|Written by||Tom Ropelewski
Amy Heckerling (characters)
Danny DeVito (voice)
Diane Keaton (voice)
|Music by||William Ross|
|Edited by||Henry Hitner
Michael A. Stevenson
|Distributed by||TriStar Pictures|
Look Who's Talking Now is the third and final installment in the film series that began with Look Who's Talking in 1989. Released in 1993, it finds John Travolta and Kirstie Alley reprising their roles as James and Mollie Ubriacco, respectively, and introducing the newly extended family members to it.
David Gallagher and Tabitha Lupien portray Mikey and Julie respectively. Unlike the previous films, it does not feature the voiceover talents of Bruce Willis, Roseanne Barr, Damon Wayans, or Joan Rivers as their interior monologues; rather, Danny DeVito and Diane Keaton provide voiceover roles for their newly acquired dogs, Rocks and Daphne, respectively, and it focuses more on their life.
James and Mollie, after struggling to put Mikey (now 7) and Julie (now 4) to bed, again have sex in their bedroom. She tries to refuse but he charms his way through her resistant behavior. Meanwhile outside, a pair of different breed dogs, having come from a night out are about to part ways. But the male, Trooper, instead cons the female, Princess, into mating with him after he lies and says that he is going to be fixed the next day. The screen changes for the credits of several of Trooper's sperm cells entering Princess' eggs. Their owners discover that she has given birth and decide simply to put them up for adoption.
A few days afterwards, a young cross bred puppy is up for sale and we can hear him talking. He sees Mikey passing by him and begs him to take him home. He, however, has to hurry past in tow of Mollie, and two harsh looking individuals buy the puppy. He manages to escape them and starts his life as a stray.
James is a private air pilot working for Samantha d'Bonne - who has a crush on him and is always trying to extend the trips to spend more time with him. Mikey tells Santa that he wants a dog for Christmas. James feels the time has come to give him the present he has always wished for and tells Samantha about this. In the meantime, Mollie is a top accountant at her firm but because her salary is so high, she is suddenly laid off in order for the firm to save money.
Unable to acquire a decent job, Mollie gets one as one of the mall Santa's elves for the holiday season. During a visit, Mikey discovers to his horror that Santa is a fake and becomes upset with disbelief.
One day, though, the dog gets caught by the dog catcher and taken to a kennel, where several others are kept. He is about to be put to sleep on the same day that James brings Mikey there to select one. Overjoyed, he bumps into the same one he saw as a puppy, takes an instant liking to him, and decides to take him home.
Soon James and Mikey get home with the dog who Mikey has named Rocks, only to see that Samantha is at their house and has brought over her dog, Daphne, who is highly trained and she wants James to have her as a present from her. Mollie is angry when she discovers that he has gone and gotten a dog for Mikey without discussing it with her and they have a brief argument. As Rocks will be put to sleep if he's returned to the kennel and James does not want to offend Samantha by refusing Daphne, they realize they are stuck with two dogs. James compromises that whichever one behaves better will stay while the other will be gotten rid of somehow.
Mikey and Rocks, along with Julie and Daphne, begin a small series of sibling squabbles that irritate each child and their dog. Rocks, who had been getting threats from Mollie to be back out on the streets for eating her expensive shoes and peeing all over the floor, breaks the line by accidentally destroying Daphne's doghouse while playing fetch with Mikey. She goes into Mollie's room and sets him up by chewing on her shoes. Later that night when Mollie is sleeping, they sneak out and have a night on the town. Daphne begins to stop being so arrogant, learns to enjoy herself, and have fun. She also begins to see Rocks in a new light and soon falls in love with him, and he feels the same for her. When Mollie discovers her chewed up shoes she throws a fit screaming, "You are out of here!". Mikey hears this and becomes upset. While being shut out on the patio, Daphne later apologizes to Rocks for her actions and it is discovered that he doesn't understand their attempts to train him to sit, lie down, beg, or any of the other standard tricks a dog is taught. As "the world's most overtrained dog", she proceeds to teach him the simple tricks that the family has been trying to teach him. Mollie realizes that Daphne misses Rocks and talks to her about how someone can grow on you and after a while you can't live without them.
Meanwhile, James and Samantha go to her partner's home cabin on Christmas Eve during a strong snowstorm. He fails to discover this is an elaborate setup to get them alone and stranded. She sends her driver away keeping James from leaving. She unplugs the phone and fax machine and plants a phony fax sheet clarifying that her partner will not arrive until that night or early the following morning. Realizing that he would possibly freeze to death trying to get out, he silently agrees to stay, giving her the satisfaction that her setup was working.
Mollie begins to suspect James is having an affair with Samantha when she calls her office and discovers they are at a cabin in northern New York and her partner is in the Bahamas with his family for the weekend, but is convinced by her mother (Olympia Dukakis) that he loves her and would never cheat on her. She calls back and under the guise of a flower delivery service manages to get the cabin's address. She gathers the children and gifts to take Christmas to James. They suffer a car accident when it slides off the snowy, icy road and into the forest below the highway. A wolf appears and prepares to attack Mollie as she gets out of the car. Rocks rolls down the window and faces him, attacking and scaring him away. He and Daphne decide to split up to get help. He sends her to find some while he follows James' scent. After she straightens out the difference between 'sniff' and 'snort' she finds a park ranger, and calls the squad to the car.
While teaching Samantha how to dance in the den under firelight, James looks up and discovers that the phone line has been unplugged. He finally catches on to her ploy, dropping her promptly onto the floor. After she tells him he deserves better than a "frumpy little housewife who doesn't have the ability to find a decent job" Rocks appears at the door. She continues to threaten him, stating that if he walks out the door she will fire him and he won't find another decent job for the rest of his "pathetic" life. Her voice is cut off though as Rocks pees all over her feet and they leave her. After discovering that Mollie and the kids are no longer at the car, James and Rocks are confronted by a pack of wolves. Rocks defends James, and as the attack happens off screen there are the sounds of James' beeper and a dog's yelping, presumably that of Rocks.
Back at the ranger station, Mikey is looking out the window and he thinks he sees Santa hiking up the path to the station. All are surprised when James comes in. He explains that he was attacked by wolves and Rocks came to his rescue, leading Mikey and Daphne to believe sadly that he had been killed. James brings out his beeper, which has been crushed in the attack. Rocks appears and all is well again, apparently the sound of the beeper was what drove the wolves off and neither were hurt. After seeing that he is obeying every command that comes out of James' mouth (though he doesn't realize it) Mollie votes that he stays, and they are one big happy family again. Daphne chooses him as her mate. The ranger chimes in and states he's picking up a weird transmission on his radio. He turns the dial and Santa's voice is made out stating "Ho, ho, ho! Merry Christmas!" much to Mikey's surprise.
- John Travolta as James Ubriacco
- Kirstie Alley as Mollie Ubriacco
- David Gallagher as Mikey Ubriacco
- Tabitha Lupien as Julie Ubriacco
- Lysette Anthony as Samantha
- George Segal as Albert
- Olympia Dukakis as Rosie
- Charles Barkley as Himself
- Danny DeVito As Rocks
- Diane Keaton As Daphne
- Additional Dog/Wolf voices
Unlike the previous films, the children no longer have voiceovers for their inner thoughts since they are now old enough to talk for themselves. Danny DeVito and Diane Keaton portray the Ubriaccos' pets. This also marked the film debuts of Tabitha Lupien, and David Gallagher, best known for his later role as Simon Camden on 7th Heaven.
Twink Caplan, who portrayed Mollie's best friend, Rona, in the previous two films, does not appear in this one nor was she mentioned. Also Elias Koteas, who portrayed Mollie's brother, Stuart, in the second film does also not appear nor was he mentioned. Both Caplan and Koteas declined to return for the third one.
French singer Jordy performs, along with both David Gallagher and Tabitha Lupien, amongst other children, in a special music video for the film, titled It's Christmas C'est Noel from the Christmas album Potion magique.
The film received overwhelmingly negative reviews upon its release. It was also a box office bomb only earning over $10 million, making it the lowest grossing one in the series. On the movie review site Rotten Tomatoes, Look Who's Talking Now holds a 0% approval rating. Among its main problems were the lack of originality, the bland treatment of the children and its overblown ending.
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