Daily Archives: February 11, 2008

Look Who’s Talking??

There’s been a lot of talk this year about movies like Juno, Knocked Up, Waitress, and, of course, Bella.

But this weekend, I watched a relatively old movie which I’ve never heard discussed as a pro-life film, Look Who’s Talking (1989) with Kirstie Allie and John Travolta.

It’s crude in parts (as are, reviewers have noted, some of the above films), but it features, like the above, a woman in an unplanned, unexpected and rather unfortunate pregnancy, resulting from an adulterous liaison, stating, emphatically, “I am not having an abortion.”

The premise of the film, of course, is Bruce Willis’s narration of the baby’s thoughts throughout the film. It has started a kind of comedic genre. The narration starts with conception (argument loses strength when the narration starts *before* conception, illustrating the inaccurate, Aristotelian view of conception).

However, the actual conception moment is pretty amazing, and occurs just as Dr. John Bruchalski describes it from his in vitro fertilization days: a visible electric charge.

Then, throughout the next section of the film, it shows the unborn baby in utero, making observations about his own development and depicted very accurately: not as a “little baby,” not as a “blob of tissue,” nor as the false “stages of evolution” myth that was created in the 19th century, but as a fetus actually looks in the womb.