Look Who's Talking Too [VHS]
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This sequel picks up where 'Look Who's Talking' left off, with James (John Travolta) and Mollie (Kirstie Alley) having a baby together. Meanwhile, Mikey (voiced by Bruce Willis) deals with growing up, the intrusion of a new baby sister, Julie (voiced by Roseanne Barr), and that daunting rite of passage - toilet training.
If nothing else, the powers that be behind this terrible sequel to the 1989 hit Look Who's Talking will be divinely punished for abusing John Lennon's "Jealous Guy" on the soundtrack. Until then, it's better to push memories of this movie to the back of one's memory. John Travolta and Kirstie Alley reprise their roles from the earlier film, but this time their married relationship is in trouble for sundry reasons. Adding to that complication is the arrival of a new baby (whined by Roseanne Barr) to join the previous one (quipped by Bruce Willis). Mel Brooks and Damon Wayans add their voices to those of some other kids, but this hastily patched-together follow-up wouldn't be funny no matter how may comic minds you threw in the mix. Between the shoddy script and miscasting of Barr, there's enough doom to go around in this thing, but an opening-credits sequence that manages, through crummy special effects, to turn a sperm's path toward an egg into a nauseating experience doesn't help. Stick with the original. --Tom Keogh
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Tension between the siblings arises, and as well with Mollie and James when Mollie's brother Stuart moves in.
Mikey is also learning how to use the toilet for the first time.....
I'm ashamed to say that when this was released in the cinemas back in 1991, I saw this a whopping three times. Not because I loved it, because there wasn't much else for a thirteen year old to see at that time, and my gosh, the phrase 'blatant cash in' must have been coined thanks to this movie.
The novelty of the film, adult voices for babies, is still there, but as cocky as Willis is, and his voice talents were brilliant in the first movie, the bad script cannot provide the cute humour that Mikey once had.
So it involves us more with Travolta and Alley, and although there are as good as you'd expect in a film like this, again, the script just destroys anything the narrative has to offer.
So we get the obligatory dance scene that Travolta has in every film, literal toilet humour, and the films saving grace, Gilbert Godfried as quite possibly the most neurotic Nursery owner ever.
But my biggest question is how much of the budget did the makers spend on the soundtrack? Because there are some huge songs in the film, from the likes of Lennon, Elvis, and Harrison. Amazing music for an almost non existent movie.
It all ends with a big fire where the children are in peril, Mikey learning to love his sister, and just like every other family friendly movie released at this time, a family barbecue.
All to the music of Sonny and Cher.
But I never saw it again, critically panned as it was viewings on television were sparse and just never on I could have a chance. I saw the inevitable third installment as I grew up but struggled to sit through it, pondering if this was bad writing consistent with the franchise or just a bad installment.
Recently I found the triple collection and snatched them up; I honestly cannot decide whether I prefer this or the original!
Sure the first was fresher, more original and more focused as far as story goes, but then 'too' just brought more to the table - it wasn't a simple rom com from a unique angle, it was a simple rom com from a unique angle with a great subplot of change. from the toilet training at the start, to the adorable Bruce Willis piping up to be the big caring brother only to turn sour by his baby sister's simple naivity. Sure ther ending could be branded cheesy but, it works. the actor's are all convincing, the script interesting on a few levels, and it is ther guilty pleasure to brandish proudly on your shelf.
Indeed many friends have viewed my collection and paused judgingly on this addition, to which point I was adament they gave it a chance and many have fallen for its charms as hard as I; I may be in need of a new set soon! (well for 2 of the films anyway).
Sure Bruce has done better, but few are as constantly watchable and charming.
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