We love movies. And television. Perhaps a little bit too much. In an effort to keep this under control, I had to go with movies that were only about babies or pregnancy, not family or parenting. That’s an entirely different list.
Top Ten Movies About Babies:
The music. The message. The wit and humor. It’s the little indy film that could. Ellen Page portrays a pregnant high school junior and while never making it look glamorous, gave a lighter side to teen pregnancy. And since I worked from home throughout my pregnancy, I basically got to dress just like her.
Quote: Couldn’t choose just one…
“I could so go for like a huge cookie right now, with like, a lamb kabob simultaneously.”
Mac: “I’m not ready to be a Pop Pop.” Bren: “You’re not going to be a pop-pop. Somebody else is going to find a precious blessing from Jesus in this garbage dump of a situation.”
Surprisingly, I didn’t really think much of the movie the first time I watched it. The second, third and fourth time…totally different story. It got even funnier after I was pregnant. When Amy Pohler’s character pees on the sink because she can’t open the toilet? I haven’t done it but I have no judgement…I hate those locks!
Quote: “If you listen to DMX, the baby comes out goin ‘Ennngghhh!”
Though this isn’t the most morally stimulating of plots (unhappily married, accidentally pregnant and begins an affair with married OB/GYN), I love how Jenna gradually warms up to her baby. I also love how they portrayed the moment when mommy met baby for the first time. Everything else just got blurry.
Quote: “Dear Baby, I hope someday somebody wants to hold you for 20 minutes straight and that’s all they do. They don’t pull away. They don’t look at your face. They don’t try to kiss you. All they do is wrap you up in their arms and hold on tight, without an ounce of selfishness in it.”
Look Who’s Talking
I’m pretty sure Walking on Sunshine was the very first song I put on Harry’s playlist. I loved this movie as a kid and when I watched it as an adult all I could think was, “why was I allowed to watch this movie as a kid?” You’re going to see that as a recurring theme here. And I’m willing to confess that when I guess what Harry’s thinking, I think of it in the voice of Bruce Willis.
Quote: “Help! Help! Somebody burp me before I blow up!”
Three Men and a Baby
Another movie that I have no idea why I was allowed to watch this as a kid. I guess it’s assumed that movies with babies and kids are safe for other kids to watch. Watching it now – I cringe a bit when I imagine a mom leaving a poor baby on the alleged father’s doorstep. This movie’s lucky it didn’t end up as, “Three Social Workers and a Baby.”
Quote: “Oh, this is disgusting. It’s all over and it’s… it’s sticky and… we’re going to need some kind of cleaning fluid to get this off.”
It’s been a while since I’ve watched this but we’re long overdue here. Though I’m wondering if I should watch it as Matt will soon be solo with Harry for longer stretches during the week. I’m not gonna lie – I’d put money on the chances of him holding up Harry to a hand dryer.
Quote: “I understand that you little guys start out with your woobies and you think they’re great… and they are, they are terrific. But pretty soon, a woobie isn’t enough. You’re out on the street trying to score an electric blanket, or maybe a quilt. And the next thing you know, you’re strung out on bedspreads Ken. That’s serious.”
Chances are you’ve never heard of this movie. But within days of us watching it, Matt bought me a copy. If a movie could encompass the way my heart feels, I think this is it. There’s heartache, there’s redemption, there’s a greater plan than the sum of our “mistakes”.
Quote: Hard to pick, as a lot of this movie’s beauty is portrayed through motions, not spoken words. But if I have to… “My grandmother used to say, ‘If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans.'”
The reason this list isn’t numbered is because these last three would be tied for 1. All three of these are movies I watched a lot as a kid (again, with the exception of Baby Boom…why?!). Raising Arizona has scene after scene of lines that are on rotation in our house, especially since Harry came. It’s Coen brothers brilliance.
Quote: Too many. There’s this. But my favorite random one has to be:
“Son, you got a panty on your head.”
You know movies that stick with you in all walks of life? Somehow, something in this movie is always relevant. Lately, it’s been the scene where Rick Moranis’s wife pulls out her secret stash of Ding Dongs, taking a break from their strict diet. Though I’m the one leading our Real Food lifestyle, I’ve definitely had daydreams about such indulgences. I’m willing to bet Matt does, too.
(And this movie inspired the current TV show which is…awesome.)
Quote: Karen: “He likes to butt things…with his head.”
Nathan: “You must be so proud.”
This one takes the cake. The making of baby applesauce last week just reminded me of how much I love this movie. While I was definitely given a more “ease-in” approach to motherhood than Diane Keaton was, I’ve juggled similar thoughts when it comes to being a working woman who wants a successful career, but ultimately knows that the babe will always come first. The nanny interviews used to make me laugh, now they give me the heeby jeebies.
Quote: “I can’t have a baby because I have a 12:30 lunch meeting”
Honorable Mention: She’s Having a Baby (never actually seen it but heard great things), Hand That Rocks the Cradle (scary!), Father of the Bride II (“Father of the bride and a baby? GET OUT OF TOWN.”)
I know a lot of these are probably pretty predictable, but not without reason. What did I miss? What movie gave you a good belly laugh during pregnancy and during the infancy of parenthood?