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Philadelphia Daily News from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania • Page 47

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Wednesday. Oct. 7. 1987 PHILADELPHIA lDA(LYr NEWS Page 47 9910 Frankfort Ave-Phila. (Morrell Shopping Plaza) NE 7-9855 By Objective career in 'Baby Boom Of the i DANCE PARTYLpK FRIDAY SATURDAY Sensational All New Sound Light Show with D.

J. Honk i it "A SOPHISTICATED, SCREWBALL COMEDY THAT'S A WORK OF ART." Rex Reed, ATTHE MOVIES "It's impossible to resist Diane Keaton gives an Oscar-calibre performance." Michael Medved. SNEAK PREVIEWS "Tvo thumbs up for 'BABY SISKEL EBERT THE MOVIES "'BABY BOOM' is a total 10. It's the most original, witty, inventive comedy in years -genuinely, gloriously funny." Susan Granger. WMCA RADIO "'BABY BOOM puts the class back in classic screen comedy.

It's a must-see for everyone." -Ceorge Anthony. TORONTO RUN "Brilliantly comia" Dennis Cunningham. WCBS-TV "Hooray! Hooray! Absolutely terrific The brightest sassiest and wittiest comedy of the year." Jeffrey Lyons, SNEAK PREVIEWSINN MOVIE REVIEW Motherhood Keaton juggles baby "Baby Boom," a comedy starring Diane Keaton, Sam Shepard, Sam Wanamaker and Harold Ramis. Directed by Charles Shyer. Screenplay by Nancy Meyers and Charles Shyer.

Running time: 106 minutes. A United Artists release. At area theaters. By BEN YAGODA Daily News Movie Critic Dean see where "Baby Boom" might make some people The movie is about J.C Wiatt (Diane Keaton), a management consultant who gives new meaning to the word yuppie. Not content simply to wear running shoes along with her business suit, she actually ru ns to work in them, so eager is she to get crack-ing.

J.C. resolutely does not want it all. She's single (her live-in boyfriend is as much of a workaholic as she is; they make the kind of couple whose idea of a good time is reading the funny parts of annual reports out loud), and has gladly let her biological clock run out. She won't even get a dog. As she says, "You know me, I'm not really great with living Then, through the kind of circumstances that are always happening in the movies (though, oddly, never in real life) she finds herself the possessor of a 13-month-old baby girl.

At first, she balks: "I can't have a she says. "I have a 12:30 meeting." But she soon grows accustomed to the kid's face, and resolves to keep her -with the unfortunate result that she loses both her boyfriend and her job. So far, so unobjectionable. But at this point roughly halfway through the film "Baby Boom" takes a turn to the acutely implausi-' ble, the politically incorrect and, worst of all, the not very amusing; J.C. leaves New York and (sight un: seen) buys a farmhouse in Vermont! where, after experiencing the kind of rural misadventures that have been more sharply satirized on "Ne-' whart," she settles into a quite comfortable existence.

She meets a cute, sensitive veterinarian who looks like Sam Shepard (by Jove, he is Sam Shepard), and does so well in the other measures of life that when her old company offers her an offer that Diane Keaton weighs pros and cons Harold Ramis (who's excellent as J.C's all-business boyfriend) says, "Now, Elizabeth, just grow up." Perfect. They also have a way with sight gags not pies in fares or cars hitting fruit stands, but the subtler-stuff. After the spit-up episode, We see: J.C. wiping off the baby; at the edge of the frame is a container of Fantastic. And when she has to take Elizabeth along on an important luncheon meeting, how does she carry the baby? Under her arm, like a sack of potatoes.

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When you think of it as only a movie, however (and a slick, manipu lative light comedy at that), you have to admit that "Baby Boom" does a nice job. Like "Private Benjamin" and "Irreconcilable Differences," it's a product of the husband-and-wife team of Charles Shyer and Nancy Meyers. (He directs, she produces, they write). In this film, they've put together an odd but effective combination of styles; 30s screwball comedies (in which people, like Rosalind Russell wore suits and in which sojourns to the country were often taken), '50s corpo- rate comedies like "The Apartment" and very up-to-date references. They've also elicited a very good performance from Diane Keaton, especially in the first part of the film when she's the "dragon lady" of her firm.

In comedies (as opposed to dramas like "Reds" and "Mrs, Soffel," where she can be tiresomely solemn), we've gotten so used to Keaton as a dizzy Annie Hall that it's invigorating tO; see her play straight. Unfortunately, once she gets to Vermont, she commences to stutter, blush and act goofy, as though the.mountain air unloosed a screw in her constitution. Especially objectionable is the way she turns to emotional Jello at the sight of Shepard, who himself is not at his best. Given very little in the way of good lines or motivation, he takes to grinning and rubbing his nose, both to the point of annoyance. Where Meyers and Shyer excel is in gags a rarer talent these days than you might think.

They produce the kind of finely-honed, character-based laugh lines that have all but disappeared from the movies, now found only in sitcoms like or "Designing Women." When the baby does something on the order of spitting of parenting in "Baby Boom" II 0 on An Unexpected Comedy. UNITED ARTISTS PRESENTS a nnr meyerscharlb shyeb ramnioN "babk buost HAROU! RAMS SAM WAMAMAKER aitd SAfJ SHErMl as JIFF COOPER Music by BUCOKTI Director of ftiotognvli, WILLIAM A. FRAJCER. A Wrmen by NAtO MEYERS CHAHLFS S3MH Produced by NANCY MEYERS Directed by CHARLES SKYER I THE 1TH IN 4-CHANNEL STEREOI (AT SAM'S PLACE) SAM'S PLACE TIMES WED. AND THURS.

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