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Baby Boom
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Review by Chuck Arrington | posted March 25, 2001 | E-mail the Author
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BABY BOOM

Synopsis:

Diane Keaton is a captain of industry. She works 20 hour days earns a six figure income and has no time for anything that detracts from her ability to earn and amaze her male counterparts. Her life while full of all the benefits of work is bereft of anything even remotely considered "quality of life". That is until one day when she receives a bequeathed item from a cousin whom she hadn't seen since 1954. Not a trust or a gift of money but a baby. Baby Elizabeth to be exact. Talk about chaos. Her career once on the fast track is quickly finding it's way to the slow lane. The immediate option…adoption. I mean afterall, you don't know the child and barely knew it's parents. However, after participating in a review of the possible candidates for adoptive parent, Keaton chooses to mother the child herself and a whirlwind of change envelops her life. Baby Boom is typical 80's fare and it's quite an enjoyable film as well!

Audio/Video:

The audio for the feature is a 2-channel stereo presentation that presents the film but not in the best way possible. The soundtrack complete with David Sanborn on saxophone suffers from the overly tinny and empty presentation this kind of platform provides. The dialogue is clear but in some of the louder scenes, it's definitely muffled. The video is extremely soft throughout the whole of the feature. Nothing is sharp and the quality of the image is akin to a 1st generation VHS copy rather than a DVD.

Extras:

The sole extra on the disc is the film's trailer. It's presented in 2-channel stereo and is full frame. The visual quality of the trailer is fair.

Overall:

I saw this on a flight to Los Angeles about 11 years ago and couldn't appreciate it due to some serious inner ear pressure. Watching it under better circumstances improved the film dramatically. This is a funny film due in large part to Diane Keaton's great performance. She's believable even though she is essentially the same character in every role she plays. That's not a bad thing in her case as she's a thoroughly enjoyable actor. Baby Boom is a very funny film dated, but funny. It's classic 80's humor that still full of the humor it was born with way back in 1987! Recommended

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