Thursday, April 15, 2010

10 Great Movies About Having a Baby

This week is baby week. Let's take a look at the top ten movies about having babies/being pregnant. Danielle, this list goes out to you, (but only because you got me thinking about it last week when you mentioned Knocked Up).

10. 9 Months (1995) - This comedy starring Hugh Grant, Julianne Moore, Tom Arnold and Joan Cusack takes a look at how crazy a man can go when an unexpected pregnancy forces him to grow up. Between watching Samuel, Grant, giving up his Porsche and beating up a mascot, this movie is good for a few laughs.

9. For Keeps (1988) - Number nine on the list goes in a completely different direction than number ten. High school students learn how hard it is to make a relationship work when balancing school, a new baby and a loss of youth.

8. Look Who's Talking (1989) - Before the weight loss commercials and the reality show, Kirstie Alley starred as the mother of every one's favorite talking baby. This movie makes it fun to think about what babies must really be thinking.

7. She's Having a Baby (1988) - This movie illustrates how tiring it can be to try and try for a baby. The performances from Kevin Bacon and Elizabeth McGovern are moving, but for me, the soundtrack is what makes this movie memorable. If you have never listened to the song, "This Woman's Work," by Kate Bush, you should download it immediately.

6. Three Men and A Baby (1987) - Watching three clueless men figure out what to do with a baby is humorous, but watching their hearts melt in the process makes us all wish we had three dads.

5. Parenthood (1989) - This movie is made up of numerous story lines that show the ups and downs of parenthood. The all star cast is at their best and includes: Steve Martin, Rick Moranis, Keanu Reeves and Dianne Wiest.

4. Waitress (2007) - Waitress is a different kind of movie about pregnancy. Keri Russell stars a very unhappy woman who wants to leave her husband. Her plans are changed when she learns that she is pregnant, but this movie goes to show that you don't have to stay married or be unhappy when a pregnancy takes you by surprise. Even though the plot sounds less than appealing, this movie is quite charming thanks to Russell and Nathan Fillion (Castle).

3. Knocked Up (2007) - This film is raunchy fun with heart. I liked Seth Rogan before this movie, but I loved him after. His laugh is infectious and Katherine Heigel reinvented her film career. Watching the two of them find an OBGYN is hilarious, because it is so true.

2. Father of the Bride Part II (1995) - There are so many things about this movie that make it fun. Franck, Martin Short, is as over the top and as crazy as he is in the first one. His appearance in the movie makes for the laughs, but really what makes it great is the end scene. When Steve Martin is holding his child and grandchild in the hospital it warms your heart. I also love that the family aspect is so strong. I makes me want to call my parents and say hello.

1. Juno (2007) - I missed this movie in the theater and with all the buzz surrounding it I was hoping not to be disappointed, and I wasn't. The quirkiness of this film helps navigate the serious issues at hand. Ellen Page, Juno, is refreshing. Her character isn't over the top with emotion, she is simply a teenager dealing with things the best way she knows how. The music in the film fits perfectly and the writing......well there is a reason Diablo Cody won the Oscar.

Two movies that would have made the cut had I been going beyond the the top ten would be: Raising Arizona and Baby Boom.


Chris said...

Excellent list. I would suggest that "Best Baby Scene From a Movie" would be when that demon/oracle baby pops out of that dude's chest in Total Recall. Heartwarming.

Jessica said...

I never understood 'Raising Arizona.' Maybe I missed the point but thanks for not putting it on the top 10 and just leaving it at a shout-out.