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Look Who's Talking

Columbia Pictures/Sony Pictures Home Entertainment . R4 . COLOR . 92 mins . M15+ . PAL


Who else thought John Travolta was over as an actor when seeing this movie? Looking back on it after his recent successes you could be forgiven for thinking so, yet I now look at it as an interim solution until something better, Pulp Fiction, came along. He needed a change of direction and got it. This movie still ranks as one of his 'decent' earlier films after successes like Saturday Night Fever and Grease.

Being in love with a married man and then realising you're pregnant with his child is not the greatest of situations to be in. Mollie (Kirstie Alley) is such a person. Not wanting to disclose her situation to her parents, she fabricates a story about being artificially inseminated and is now on a quest to find the perfect father for her child, Mikey (voiced by Bruce Willis).

Meanwhile, the real father, Albert (George Segal), wants to be a part of her life, plus the child's if need be, but is required to leave his current wife and kids. He does so, but ends up with his interior decorator. What is Mollie to do? She comes across a cab driver named James (John Travolta) who helps her get to the hospital on time. He in turn uses her mailing address to set up residency for his grandfather who is being kicked out of his retirement home.

This connection enables them to keep in touch often enough that baby Mikey considers James the father. From here it's a pretty obvious outcome which comes about pretty swiftly to end the movie.


Eek, this movie is dirty. Spread across a single layer, this 92 minute movie has all manner of film defects in the print. Obviously this wasn't the best print they could have found and if it was then this movie is going to die a dirty death. Is that good?

Colour saturation is a little on the light side, giving a washed out look to the transfer. Sharpness is not as great as it could have been, which is a detriment to the detail in the image. There is detail, but there could be so much more. Black level is fine at times and a little lacking at other times.

MPEG artifacts are few and far between, but are most prominent in low light scenes and poor shadow detail is an inherited side effect.

The most obvious defects are, as I said above, film noise and dirt. It's a very dirty print and looks pretty dismal at times. Take the scene at the beginning where Mollie is doing her pregnancy test, when she looks into the test tube the whole scene is grey, washed out, and very dirty indeed. Still, this is a widescreen (1.85) 16:9 transfer, so at least some sort of effort was made.


The audio is not that much better, but it's not that great either. There are two-channel surround tracks encoded onto the disc with English being the obvious choice for this review.

Dialogue is clear at all times, so there's no problem there. When the music kicks in it seems to jump a decibel or two in level almost as if it has been remastered as it fills the front sound stage and flows into the rears.

Don't expect too much out of your surrounds and be prepared for some stock standard sound effects. Is there like a default package distributed to all sound editing studios? Because these sounds are very dated indeed.


Talent profiles/cast and crew biographies/Filmographies whatever you call them, that's all you get. Some nicely themed static menus as well.


It's a decent movie that uses the Bruce Willis voiceover to great effect, but why oh why did they need to make sequels? I think the sequels did more damage to their careers than the first movie.

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      And I quote...
    "...a decent movie that uses the Bruce Willis voiceover to great effect."
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