LOOK WHO'S TALKING ULTIMATE COLLECTOR'S PACK: DVD
Look Who’s Talking – Single mother Mollie (Kirstie Alley) is desperate for a reliable man to fill the husband/father role in her life. Unfortunately for her, her son Mikey (voiced by Bruce Willis) has differing views on who would make a better dad for him and has his eye on brash taxi driver and pilot instructor James Ubriacco (John Travolta).
Look Who’s Talking Too – James, Mollie and Mikey are now a family and are adjusting to life with the latest addition, a baby girl named Julie (voiced by Roseanne Barr).
Look Who’s Talking Now – The Ubriacco family find themselves the owners of two dogs, the streetwise Rocks (voiced by Danny DeVito) and the well-to-do Daphne (voiced by Diane Keaton). But which one will they keep?
Review by Craig Miller:
The Look Who’s Talking phenomenon of 1990 took the high concept idea of dubbing adult voices over the mumblings and wild limb movements of infant children to giddy heights, coaxing big numbers to cinemas and earning around US$300 million worldwide.
Now it’s the DVD’s turn, and although it has as much chance of doing those same figures in DVD sales as John Travolta has of returning to B-grade obscurity, this collector’s edition (which includes all three films on two discs) will be a welcome relief for those in the market for reasonable family entertainment.
Centred around Alley’s character Mollie, the film and its subsequent sequels are dominated by issues of family, something obviously close to Heckerling’s heart as she created, directs and writes this first installment and plays a big part in the sequels also.
Unfortunately, after the success of the first film, studios were always going to make at least one sequel, but this idea has little to offer the second and third time around other than rehashing the same setups time and time again.
Travolta uses his vast array of skills well, singing and dancing in all three of the films, although I’m sure he would have gladly given it up for a role that required a little more than some hammy musical scenes. An opportunity he got a year after finishing with Look Who’s Talking Now in Pulp Fiction. The overdubbing is probably what people will remember and enjoy most about this series with Bruce Willis surprisingly good as the voice of Mikey in the first two offerings (his comedy timing and expression is great). However, by the third installment the dubbing is used to illustrate what the family dogs are thinking, and the concept seems tired and more than a little “played”. I still marvel as to how this third film attracted DeVito and Keaton as the voice talent for a couple of dogs. For a series of family comedy films they do contain some coarse language and deal with some adult themes like single parenting, families breaking up and the difficulties in raising children, a warning for those who think it’s ok to just plonk the little ones down in front of this and forget about them.
Funnily enough, the biggest criticism of this package is not the lack of appeal these films have to anyone over ten or without a youngish family, but the transfer of these movies to DVD. Very little effort has been made to give them a quality release, with the picture at times little better than a good video tape copy you might have hidden in the back of your cupboard.
There are certainly much better family orientated movies being made these days, but if you are one for the little nostalgic delights of the early 1990s, sickly sweet subject matter and the illusion that babies could have a strong grasp of the English language while in the womb, then these films may just be what you’re looking for!
Published January 8, 2004
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LOOK WHO'S TALKING ULTIMATE COLLECTOR'S PACK: DVD (M)
CAST: John Travolta, Kirstie Alley, Olympia Dukakis & voices of Bruce Willis (Look Who’s Talking & Look Who’s Talking Too), Roseanne Barr (Look Who’s Talking Too), Danny De Vito & Diane Keaton (Look Who’s Talking Now).
DIRECTOR: Look Who’s Talking & Look Who’s Talking Too – Amy Heckerling, Look Who’s Talking Now – Tom Ropelewski
SCRIPT: 1 & 2. Amy Heckerling, 3. Tom Ropelewski & Amy Heckerling.
RUNNING TIME: 1. 92 minutes, 2. 81 minutes, 3. 96 minutes
PRESENTATION: Widescreen 1.85:1 16:9 enhanced, Dolby 2.0
SPECIAL FEATURES: Biographies and Trailers.
DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment
DVD RELEASE: December 3, 2003