Show Business: The Whole Town's Talking

Hollywood has a wisecracking, baby-faced sleeper hit

You earn $60 million in your first four weeks, and everybody has an explanation for your success. As the surprise movie hit of the fall season, Tri-Star's baby-love comedy Look Who's Talking has inspired plenty of retrospective wisdom. It came out at the right time of year, when its only competition was heavy dramas. It hits yuppie moviegoers where they live: in the narrow margin between careers and parenthood. It carries echoes of When Harry Met Sally in the loving friendship of a thirtysomething mom (Kirstie Alley) and the cabdriver (John Travolta) who moonlights as baby-sitter. It has Hollywood's favorite premise,...

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