Making the Grades
The talkative family with no last name is at it again in Look Who's Talking Now! After having two children that voiced their opinions from the point of conception forward, the family has managed to adopt two dogs that share the same personifying abilities. Travolta, who plays James, is now a corporate pilot, and manages to get a new job on the day his wife Mollie (Kirstie Alley) loses hers. The problem is that James's new boss is a blonde with a passion for James, and a poodle that needs a home. After demanding a good deal of James's time, the crunch comes down when she requests that he work on Christmas eve, and it turns out to be a set up to get James alone.
Although the movie is based on the same old idea from the two previous versions (right down to the sperm running to find the egg, although it's of the canine variety in this case), it was refreshing to see the writers choose a marriage over an affair. Even more impressive is that Travolta's character makes that choice on his own, before being found by his wife. The movie is obviously intended to be a Christmas story, thus demanding the happy ending.
The movie is rated PG-13 due to adult language and casual attitudes towards sexual situations, but this rating seems confusing as the video box explains that this is a movie for adults and kids. With little paw prints decorating the package, I tend to think the studio was hoping to attract a significant audience from the pre-13 market. With some minor alterations, this film could easily fit into a PG category.
There are a couple of good laughs, but most funny lines hinge on a sexual innuendo. Even so, the movie is a good rent for the 13 and over group looking for a "no-brainer" that holds some respect for marriage.