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LOOK WHO'S TALKING NOW

Review by Elaine Ferguson

Starring:  John Travolta, Kirstie Alley, Lysette Anthony, Olympia Dukakis, George Segal, and Charles Barkley
Featuring the voices of: Danny DeVito and Diane Keaton
Director: Tom Ropelewski
Edition: Digital Sound
Rating: PG-13
Run Time: 95 minutes
Release Date: 6/11/2002
Studio: Columbia Tri Star Home Entertainment

“Oh-oh, bad smell.  You don’t look like dog people --- you look like snake people.”

“Aw, he is kinda scrawny.”

“I’ve coughed up hair balls better looking then you!”

Film ***

They say cats have nine lives…professionally speaking, John Travolta certainly seems to have his share.  The original film in this franchise, Look Who’s Talking, helped revive a sagging career for Travolta.  Now having evolved through the talking babies, in this final flick of the franchise, the movie has gone to the dogs --- Rocks and Daphne --- featuring the voices of Danny DeVito and Diane Keaton.  Travolta  reprises his role James Ubriacco, with Kirstie Alley returning as his wife Mollie.  The children have grown and Mickey is now played by David Gallagher with Tabita Lupen in the role of his little sister Julie, and she is suitably adorable.

As in the first film, we are treated to sperm traveling and fighting to fertilize the egg, except this time it is the result of passion shared between two dogs, the four-legged variety.  As a result, a shamed dog must face her master with this new litter.  They are all cute, except of course Rocks who finds he is facing the death chamber before Mickey rescues him.

James is finally able to get out of taxicab and into the cockpit of the private jet of Samantha played by Lysette Anthony.  Samantha is a lonely, rich girl who has decided she wants James to pilot more than her plane.  Meanwhile, Mollie is laid off and very insecure.  Samantha decides to “help out” by giving her poodle to the family when she discovers they are seeking a dog, not knowing that James and Mickey have decided to save Rocks from the gas chamber. 

Of course Mollie and Rocks don’t get along, Rocks and Daphne don’t like each other --- could it be the big house for Rocks after all ---- or will Santa save the day?  You will have fun finding out.  Keaton is in her usual high-strung form and it works perfectly as the uptight, stuck-up Daphne, who can’t believe she has been left with these untrained humans and hideous mutt, Rocks.

The movie is rated PG-13 for adult themes and scenes of fighting dogs and wolves, which might frighten younger children.  This is a film that has plenty of laughs for the entire family.  In keeping with the tradition of fitting dancing in any Travolta film, LWTN doesn’t disappoint.

Video **

The film is digitally re-mastered, a fairly standard look nothing to set your big screen on fire.  One word of caution, make sure your brightness level is not too high, otherwise the menu screen will blind you!

Audio **

Once again, the film audio is digitally re-mastered, but with the exception of the songs that pop up, there is nothing to stretch out your speakers with.

Features *

Very bone bare on the extras for this disc.  In addition to the trailer for this film, they also have Stuart Little and Soccer Dog.  Subtitles are available in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese and Korean.  You also have your standard interactive menu and scene selection capability.

Summary :

Kids will certainly enjoy this movie but as with the others adults will howl too.  One of the funnier scenes is when Rocks is lead out like Dead Man Walking to the gas chamber and his fellow “inmates” counsel him on how to face death, followed by the other dogs working to convince Mickey that they are THE dog for him.  Besides, in July when it is a 110 (I live in Texas trust me ---110) this holiday themed movie will be great to get away from the heat for a little while.