(30) Stars of Summer event, I featured a preview for Baby Boom starring Diane Keaton, so it's only fitting that I feature some other pregnancy-themed films here! Full circle, is what I'm saying. Tree of life. Hakuna matata. Goo-goo, ga-ga.
Release date: June 1, 2007
When this movie first came out, I was NOT a fan. Perhaps it was because I was watching it with the wrong girl -- a person who [no offense to her now, as she's a perfectly FINE human being, and I'm sure she's just as happy/better off in 2013 as I am] I couldn't imagine having a kid with. Or perhaps it's because, as usual, I'm a little late to the party, and the comedic stylings of Seth Rogen didn't quite do it for me [yet]. Or maybe it was my immaturity, mixed with a complete misunderstanding of what being pregnant/having a child is actually about. I caught a few minutes (broken up by several VERY LONG/ANNOYING commercial breaks) on E!, and remember liking it/laughing more than I did in 2007. And, if anything, I'm certainly a fan of Judd Apatow, even his ambitious failures. I'll have to watch this again in the coming weeks.
Release date: June 12, 1968
Three Men and a Baby
Release date: Nov. 25, 1987
Now THIS is more like it. I'm totally the Danson (because I'm a dapper ladies' man with a hairpiece), Patrick's the Selleck (because he once dated Courteney Cox) and JB's the Guttenberg (because he loves Police Academy so much). Jokes aside, the last line in this trailer is great.
Release date: Dec. 25, 2007
It's weird to think that this movie came out the same year as Knocked Up, because Knocked Up seems so much ... older? Or is it just me? This is a touching, funny film. The all-star cast (Ellen Page, Michael Cera, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman, Allison Janney and J.K. Simmons, among others) has never been better, and director Jason Reitman establishes himself as an "auteur" (although I'm not the biggest fan of Thank You for Smoking, and I'm sure an argument could be made that THAT was his breakthrough debut). Too bad there was such a post-Juno backlash, specifically directed at writer Diablo Cody (some deserved, some notsomuch) and the whole trend of quirky, indie, neo-language/music/speech-pattern comedies.
Release date: Nov. 23, 1994
This was a real movie! Directed by Jason Reitman's dad, Ivan! And people went to see it! A lot! It made over $100 million! That's crazy!
Release date: July 12, 1995
I've never seen this movie, and this trailer is SUCH a piece of shit. But it's got a good cast (aside from Robin Williams doing a horrible Russian accent) and I'm sure it's pleasant enough. Who here has seen it? What can you tell me about it? Is it a waste of my time, or should I add it to my post-birth movie marathon? Oh yeah, during the course of writing this week's column, I made up my mind that I'm going to watch a bunch of these movies while I'm home (you know, "nesting"). Pretty great, right?
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 1
Release date: July 12, 1995
It's like they held a mirror up to my life.
Bringing Up Baby
Release date: Feb. 18, 1938
Look here, see? I know this movie doesn't feature an actual baby, but a pet leopard named "Baby," see? And that you might think I'm confused because the word "Baby" is in the title, see? Well listen, bub, I'm not confused -- I just wanted to feature a moving picture from the '30s in my trailer roundup, see? And what better example than a screwball comedy starring Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant? This flick is cracker jack, see? It's the bee's knees! Top of the pops! Hotsy-totsy! The tit's meow! See?
Release date: Oct. 2, 1981
This seems ripe for a "Heath Holland On ..." column.
She's Having a Baby
Release date: Feb. 5, 1988
I kind of ... love this trailer? From the reaction shots of a VERY young Kevin Bacon, to the closing song, it just WORKS. But maybe I'm in a weird '80s mood. Or maybe I'm just smitten with the concept of (all together now) "having a baby." Because, based on IMDb (5.6/10) and Rotten Tomatoes (48 percent "fresh"), it's not very good. I haven't seen it (should I?). Kevin Smith says it's his favorite John Hughes movie, and he used it as a template for Jersey Girl. Hmmm ... that doesn't inspire confidence.
Release date: Nov. 20, 2009
Remember what I said about a mirror?
What are your favorite movies about having kids? What am I missing? Let me know in the comments, below! Thanks!