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Top Ten Baby Films. Without getting broody.

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John Travolta and friend in Look Who's Talking (1989)


10: Juno (2007)

Juno (2007)

Disaster strikes when Juno MacGuff (Ellen Page) loses her virginity and youth in one foul sweep getting pregnant by her high school sweetheart and best friend, Bleeker (Michael Cera). Unable to go through with termination, Juno decides to keep the baby and give it to adoptive parents she chooses from the Pennysaver ads. With the full support of her quirky family, everything looks set, until cracks start to show in her chosen couple's relationship. Juno's kooky screenplay was written over seven weeks in a Starbucks in Minnesota by newcomer Diablo Cody and received widespread acclaim, winning an Academy Award and three Oscar nominations.


9: Raising Arizona (1987)

Raising Arizona (1987)

This early Coen brothers' film was only their second feature and was shot in just 13 weeks. Policewoman Edwina falls for repeat offender, Herbert, while taking his mug shot. When “Hi” discovers her fiancé has run out on her, he proposes and they marry on his release. The newly-weds move into a desert mobile home and soon discover “Ed” is infertile. Gutted, they learn about the famous Arizona quintuplets, sons of a local furniture businessman, and decide to steal one. When news of their action spreads, mayhem ensues and Hi is further propelled back into the criminal world.


8: She’s Having a Baby (1988)

She’s Having a Baby (1988)

Brat Pack director, writer and producer John Hughes casts Kevin Bacon and Elizabeth McGovern as newly-weds Jake and Kristy Briggs. She's Having a Baby depicts the couple before marriage through to the early days of their union when they share uncertain views on parenthood, right up to the birth of their first child. The film largely mirrors elements of Hughes' own life and focuses more on Jake's reaction to suburban life and his dismay at realising he is no longer one of “the boys”.


7: Baby Boom (1987)

Baby Boom (1987)

Successful New York business woman, JC Wiatt (Diane Keaton) is known as “the tiger lady” but has her roar knocked out of her when she inherits a baby girl from a distant overseas relative. Trying to rid herself of Elizabeth fails when she realises she has grown too attached and she soon discovers the baby is a disastrous addition to her life – destroying her relationship with her investment banker boyfriend and her high-flying career. Seeking a new start, JC heads out into the country to Vermont, buys a house and inadvertently sets up a successful gourmet baby food business.


6: For Keeps (1988)

A Smile Like Yours

The director of the first three Karate Kid films gets girlie and confronts another issue still relevant today – teen pregnancy. Eighties starlet Mollie Ringwald plays Darcy Bobrucz, the editor of the high school paper and a promising student who has already secured a college place. When she falls pregnant with her long-term boyfriend, Stan, they go against the opinions of both sets of parents who encourage abortion, by keeping the child. Ringwald's last teen role and most serious, For Keeps, is a realistic depiction of teen pregnancy and the sacrifices that go with it.


5: Maybe Baby (2000)

Maybe Baby (2000)

Joely Richardson and Hugh Laurie explore an issue currently close to the nation's heart as more late pregnancies are common and an increasing number of couples suffer from fertility problems. In Maybe Baby this issue is sensitively and comically tackled through Lucy and Sam Bell's inability to conceive. Trying everything from new age chanting, acupuncture, ovulation charts and medical assistance, their struggle soon puts a strain on their relationship that is heightened by Sam's decision to write a screenplay about their difficulty.


4: Look Who’s Talking (1989)

Look Who’s Talking (1989)

The start of a successful money-spinner, legendary 80s movie Look Who's Talking twisted the popular comic device of talking animals by having a vocal baby as its narrator. Kirstie Alley stars as Mollie Jensen, a pregnant accountant in New York, whose boyfriend is not only married but also cheating on her. Mollie meets taxi driver, James, while in labour and a relationship begins to form. All the while Mickey provides comical commentary on the world around him.


3: 3 Men and a Baby (1987)

3 Men And A Baby (1987)

Based upon a French movie, 80s classic Three Men and a Baby was the beginning of a fruitful franchise, starring Steve Guttenberg, Ted Danson and Tom Selleck as three bachelors who find a baby on their doorstep. Discovering one of them is Mary's father, they decide to raise her between them until her mother returns, wanting her back. Full of memorable scenes like the trio singing “Goodnight Sweetheart”, what is less widely known about the film is the urban legend that surrounded the movie on its release, suggesting the guys' apartment was haunted by the ghost of a nine year-old suicidal boy.


2: Jack and Sarah (1995)

Jack and Sarah (1995)

Withnail gets sensitive in Jack and Sarah, one of Richard E. Grant's better roles before he descended into disappointing nonsense like Spiceworld. Coping hideously with depression after his wife dies in childbirth, Jack is unable to care for newborn Sarah and on a whim hires clueless American waitress, Amy as Sarah's nanny. As Amy bonds with Sarah, Jack bonds with Amy.


1: Junior (1994)

Junior (1994)

Exploring every woman's dream and every man's nightmare, Junior sees what would happen if men were the ones contending with pregnancy. Casting The Terminator as the father-to-be is a particularly nice touch. Schwarzenegger plays gynaecologist, Doctor Alex Hesse, joint creator of the “Expectane” fertility drug that aims to reduce the chances of a woman's body rejecting an embryo. Unable to find a subject for the drug, Dr Hesse tests it on himself. Junior is complete nonsense but entertaining nonetheless and recreates the magic of Twins, reuniting Danny DeVito and Schwarzenegger.


Honorary mentions:

Father of the Bride Part II (1995)
A Smile Like Yours
(1997)
Baby’s Day Out
(1994)
Immediate Family (1989)
Baby Geniuses (1999)
Nine Months (1995)


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