Here’s the deal, I’ve never been mainstream anything. Having said that, one thing I really do keep very up to date with is the movie and television world. I love to be the first to see new releases and essentially enjoy things before any kind of frenzy has had the chance to start. As such, my tastes are vast and with a cinema backlog nearing one hundred years it’s understandable that I have stumbled across a few wonderful films that aren’t mentioned on lists of classics. Looking back to my first statement, it’s also understandable that almost my entire list of favourites is made up of these films that most people have never heard of. So let’s change that.
I’ll start with one of my all time favourites for duvet night and a date with a bottle of wine and 5 kilos of chocolate.
Baby Boom (1987)
Starring Diane Keaton, Sam Shepard, Harold Ramis and more.
Genre: Romantic Comedy
This film is about successful New York business woman J.C Wiatt whose life is flipped on its head when she inherits her cousin’s baby after he dies in a car accident. She has to adjust to life as a mother whilst juggling a career in a male dominated world. Naturally all hell breaks loose. A change of life warrants a change of scenery so she moves all the way to snowy Vermont and ends up starting a new venture. She finds herself having to choose between her old views of ‘having it all,’ and her new life where she realises she has found something she didn’t even know she was looking for.
*Quick disclaimer: I’m a hopeless romantic and once you add snow to it and I can make even the vaguest suggestion that it might be a Christmas film, it’s pretty much on my list. That aside, this is not a Christmas film but it certainly wouldn’t be out of place on a cold night, when its dark before 4pm, snuggled up to your loved ones.*
First of all I’ll start with the cast. Diane Keaton is wonderful. You really can’t go too far wrong with one of her films. There are plenty of other faces in this film that you’ll recognise too and you’ll probably enter that dangerous circle of googling a film’s cast and ending up adding six more films to your ‘To-Watch’ list. I will warn you, at parts there is trademark cheese going on. There are a couple of scenes where a big ol’ face palm is the only appropriate reaction but I don’t care. What even is a romcom without a little dollop of cheese?
Next is the filming location. You know that beautiful snowy house in Marley & Me? The last house before we all sob and break? Think that, in Vermont, with roaring fires and barn dances and babies and a blossoming romance. I mean?! I’m sorry if that’s not your think but I really live for that in a ‘night in film.’ Can we just take a moment to have some Baby Boom location appreciation right about now please:
Another huge draw for me is this is a secret Christmas film. You can totally get away with watching it at any time of year (especially when your family are telling you it’s too early for Christmas films) and you’ll feel plenty festive. As I’ve mentioned earlier, this isn’t technically a Christmas film. There’s a whole twenty minutes of snow and fairy lights and festive beautifulness to help the romance along but that is MORE than enough for me to sneak this into my favourite film sub bracket. Basically – I can, so I will.
The story in this film is heartwarming too. Once the scenery has finished giving you unattainable house goals, you’ll end up completely wrapped up in the cosy, squishy, fuzzy feelings the story gives you. Alongside the businesswoman/working mother plot we have going on, this is essentially a beautiful story of adoption and falling in love with a child that comes to you in a less conventional way than giving birth yourself. On top of that, J.C Wiatt is smashing it as a single mother. The more I watch this film, the more I find new ways to fall in love with it.
My final word on this film is a shout out to the writer and producer Nancy Meyers. I love so many of her films so I know I’m in good hands with her work. For those of you who aren’t sure who she is, amongst many other hits she is the woman responsible for the 1998 remake of The Parent Trap starring Lindsay Lohan, Natasha Richardson and Dennis Quaid. That alone deserves all kinds of accolades. It’s certainly a film that can be found on my all time favourites list. Maybe I’ll compile a comprehensive list of those one day…?
Et voila! Please give this film a try, and let me know what you think!!