The life of super-yuppie J.C. is thrown into turmoil when she inherits a baby from a distant relative.
Release Year: 1987
Rating: 5.7/10 (5,865 voted)
Stars: Diane Keaton, Sam Shepard, Harold Ramis
J.C. Wiatt is a successful New York business woman known around town as the "tiger lady." She gets news of an inheritance from a relative from another country and off the bat she suspects it's money. Well it's not money, it's a baby girl. At first she doesn't accept until the lady that gives the baby to her has to catch her flight. J.C. is now stuck with an annoying baby girl. Her boyfriend doesn't like the idea of a baby living with them and he leaves her. J.C. has enough of it and takes her to meet a family ready to adopt her. She leaves but hears the baby cry while walking away and has to go back. The baby is too attached to her now and won't let her go. Later, her baby gets into mischief which causes her to get fired. Now, she sets her eyes on an old two story cottage in Vermont to get out of the New York life. When she arrives, the house needs more help than originally thought…
Writers: Nancy Meyers, Charles Shyer
Dr. Jeff Cooper
An unexpected comedy.
Release Date: 7 October 1987
Filming Locations: 444 S. Flower Street, Downtown, Los Angeles, California, USA
Opening Weekend: $1,357,413
(12 October 1987)
Did You Know?
At the end of the film, the credits list: "For Annie", who is the little girl sitting in the vet's office at the end (with her dog). This is actually Annie Meyers-Shyer, daughter of the directer Charles Shyer. In Disney's 1998 version of
The Parent Trap, which was directed by Charles Shyer's wife, Nancy Meyers, the twins played by Lindsay Lohan in the film were named after the real Annie Meyers-Shyer and her sister, Hallie Meyers-Shyer. However, at the end of this film, the credits list "For Hallie" instead.
Two of the news blurbs have identical text under different headlines.
Now look. There is nothing in the world to get uptight about. We are two summa cum laudes. We can handle one little baby for eight hours.
"One would take it for granted that a woman like this has it all. One must never take anything for granted."
In the opening scenes of Baby Boom, set against a back drop of hustling and
bustling women in the workplace, Linda Ellerbee provides us the following
"Sociologists say the new working woman is a phenomenon of our time. Take
J.C. Wyatt for example, graduated first in her class at Yale, got her M.B.A.
at Harvard. Has a corner office at the corner of Th and park. She works 5
to 9, makes six figures a year and they call her the "Tiger Lady". Married
to her job, she lives with an investment banker married to his. They
collect African Art, co-own their own co-op and have separate but equal IRA
accounts. One would take it for granted that a woman like this has it all.
One must never take anything for granted."
And that my friends sets up Baby Boom in a manner far better than I could
even begin to. And why must one never take anything for granted? Thought
you'd never ask. Just as J.C. Wyatt (Diane Keaton)is about to be made a
partner in the company she works for, and a few hours before she is to have
the most important business meeting of her career, J.C. is left an
inheritance by some long forgotten relatives. That inheritance turns out to
be cute and charming Baby Elizabeth(Kristina and Michelle Kennedy), dumped
on J.C. at the airport. It seems since J.C. is the only known surviving
relative, it is left to her to care for Elizabeth. Thus we end up with the
first half of our fish out of water story and it's a dandy, thanks in large
part once again to Miss Keaton's wonderful comedic timing, and the fact that
we like and admire her character. In a formulaic comedy such as this, the
value of that is inestimable.
In the early going we know that much of what we see will be how well J.C.
copes with being an executive while trying to raise an infant, a job she is
totally unprepared for. As for her "investment banker" Steven, whom she
shares the co-op with, playing father is not his idea of a good time and he
quickly makes his exit. This is J.C.'s and Elizabeth's story, so obviously
he is not needed. The film could have easily gone off course in the early
going, making it strictly a comedy of slapstick, but thanks to a good script
by Nancy Myers and Charles Shyer, it quickly steers away from that. What we
do see is J.C. not only quickly learning to care for her child, but also
figuring out how to juggle motherhood and an executive position at the same
time. Of course nothing in the film world is easy and circumstances soon
force J.C. and Elizabeth out of New York City to the snowy country side of
Vermont, and we get our second fish out of water story. It is here that
J.C. meets Dr. Jeff Cooper (Sam Shepherd), the town veterinarian and a
romantic interest for J.C.
In order to move their film along at a nice clip, Meyers and Shyer, do take
some licenses and shortcuts. How J.C. obtains Baby Elizabeth is a little
suspect, as is how quickly J.C. purchases a house in Vermont, just from a
newspaper ad. In films of this nature there is nothing wrong with taking a
few shortcuts if it helps to get from important point A to more important
point B. It's the same thing that happens later, as we see J.C. try to
build a new business. There is no doubt that in the real world, it doesn't
quite work that way, but again, if this were a dramatic true life story,
things like that might matter. For this lightweight comedy, it's just not
Another thing the director Charles Shyers does is make good use of the
Kennedy twins as Baby Elizabeth. In any film where a child is an important
part of what is happening on screen many directors overplay the cuteness
bits. Shyers seems to know exactly when Elizabeth is important to what is
happening in the scene and when she is not. He never dwells or lingers too
long on closeups of her, and he does not develop what I call the "cute kid
syndrome" whereas the director overplays, overdoes, or rams a child actor
down our throats when it's not needed. Shyers knows this is Keaton's film,
and never forgets that. My hat's off to him.
One could easily argue, as some have, that the Shyers have made a comedy
about a women's place in the world. Perhaps they have, but I don't agree.
At no point did I think they were telling us what women in general should or
should not do with their careers. What they are saying, is that all of us,
women and men alike, should be able to make personal choices that have
nothing to do with our careers and be able to do it without being penalized
for it. It's a philosophy I happen to agree with, and when I do that you
get my grade, which for Baby Boom adds up to a B+.