: So they come in different sizes? What are these? Jumbos? James
: Are you thinking what I'm thinking? Mikey
: Yeah. Lunch!
Mollie Jensen (Kirstie Alley) is an accountant living in New York City. She's been having an affair for quite some time with a wealthy client, Albert, who continuously makes excuses for why he hasn't left his wife yet. Mollie ends up pregnant, and Albert promises to support both her and the baby.
But then, she finds Albert with another woman. The shock sends her into labor, and she is forced to take a cab driven by James Ubriacco (John Travolta
) to the hospital. James is a nice guy, sticking around and providing support all through the birth. A few days after, he shows up at her apartment to return her purse, which she had left in the cab. He immediately hits it off with Mollie's son Mikey (voiced by Bruce Willis
). Eventually, a relationship develops between the two adults, with baby Mikey commenting on it all the way.
Let's face it, the real appeal is not in the romantic comedy plot line, but the fact that this time, we get the baby's POV on the matter. For the most part, it's Actually Pretty Funny
Followed by two sequels, with diminishing returns. Also spawned a short-lived Spiritual Successor
sitcom, Baby Talk
, which ran for two seasons from 1991-1992. While the sitcom was a different continuity and none of the film's characters appear, the characters were created by Amy Heckerling, who wrote and directed the first film.
- Accidental Misnaming: Albert keeps calling Mikey "Mickey".
- Actor Allusion: Kirstie Alley's character is reduced to working as an elf in a mall Santa display, sporting a gigantic pair of pointed ears. When some kids ask what she's supposed to be, she snarls "I'm a Vulcan! Wanna see my death grip?" Alley's first movie role was playing the Vulcan Saavik in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.
- Bad Date: Molly has one, thanks to a "little helpful advice" from the babysitter.
- But We Used a Condom: Mollie has a diaphragm, it just doesn't seem to do her any good.
- Call Back:
- Chekhov's Gun: When James first visits Mollie after she gave birth to Mikey, he returns her purse, which she left in his cab while in labor. He mentions her diaphragm was inside. In the second film, James and Mollie conceive Julie despite the fact that she was wearing that diaphragm.
- Deadpan Snarker: Lots of Mikey's commentary falls into this.
- Double Entendre: The entire scene when James is taking the splinter out of Mollie's hand and her mother hears outside the apartment door. Made even better when James zips his pants as he walks out.
- Eskimos Aren't Real: Somewhat averted in Look Who's Talking Too. Baby Mikey is sitting awake at night scared. He lists various things he's worried about, and that they aren't real. This includes monsters, ghosts, witches, and dinosaurs. He knows that one of them used to be real, but can't remember which. Justified, since he is a baby.
- Gilligan Cut: After Mollie vows aloud that she will not develop Postpartum Depression, the scene cuts abruptly to her crying uncontrollably.
- Imagine Spot: Several.
- Innocent Inaccurate: Mikey is prone to these (being an infant and all). He thinks boobs are only there for food, for example. (He does have a point, to be fair.)
James: Are you thinkin' what I'm thinkin'?
Mikey: Yeah. Lunch!
- Infant Immortality: When Mikey wanders out into a busy New York City street, cars rush past him and crash all around him. He doesn't have a scratch.
- Though at least Jimmy and Molly are both astounded by this rather than taking it as a given.
- Instant Birth, Just Add Water: Subverted, but Jimmy believes the trope to be true. Jimmy starts driving like a mad man when he finds out his fare (Mollie) is in labor. She yells at him to calm down and drive safe, the first stages of labor can take hours. He replies that the traffic in that area of town can take hours as well. Mollie was right, they get to the hospital in plenty of time.
- "Jump Off a Bridge" Rebuttal
- Law of Inverse Fertility: Mollie never plans her pregnancies.
- Morning Sickness: Mollie's first clue to her conception. Once the "sperm race to fertilize" sequence ends, we're "greeted" by a shot of Mollie puking her guts out.
- My Biological Clock Is Ticking: Told to Mollie by her OB/GYN when she finds out about her first pregnancy. This leads to a nightmare where she's hanging from a clock tower.
- Nice to the Waiter: Mollie starts dating several men and discarding them by imagining how they would behave with her son, Mikey, judging on how they treat the waiter.
- Out-of-Context Eavesdropping: James pulls out a splinter from Molly's finger. Her mother overhears and assume they're having sex. When James comes out, he zips his fly.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: After learning that Mollie lied about having a vasectomy, James and Mollie got into an argument. Mollie tells him Albert has a right to see his son and tells James he's too immature to be a dad. Then James calls her out for using Mikey to push other guys away.
- Straw Character: Molly's brother, representing everything a New Yorker should not believe.
- Time Skip: The first film has Mikey aging a couple of years.
- You're Drinking Breast Milk: Jimmy does a Spit Take when Mollie informs him the bottled milk he put in his coffee is her breast milk.
Jimmy: Why didn't you tell me?
Mikey: Hey, you're on your own.