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Baby Comes Home (1980)

TV Movie  -   -  Comedy | Drama  -  16 October 1980 (USA)
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A middle-aged couple deals with familial upheaval after giving birth to an unplanned 4th baby 17 years after their last child. The mother wrestles with with fears about aging, the father ... See full summary »

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A middle-aged couple deals with familial upheaval after giving birth to an unplanned 4th baby 17 years after their last child. The mother wrestles with with fears about aging, the father feels left out and their grown-up children have their own issues. Written by Anonymous

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During the delivery room scene, Colleen Dewhurst's actual hands are shown several times. After the baby is born, you see a left hand touching the baby, but it clearly is not Colleen Dewhurst's left hand. The hand has short, polished fingernails, while Dewhurst's were unpolished and short, except her index fingernail, which was long. The hand is also obviously the hand of a younger woman. See more »

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Having a new baby causes turmoil in a middle aged couple's lives...
25 October 2002 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Anna Kramer, the "heroine" from And Baby Makes Six, a quirky housewife with a penchant for quoting literature, returns in Baby Comes Home and is again portrayed with depth by Colleen Dewhurst. Warren Oates also returns as Anna's classical music-loving husband, Michael, as does Mildred Dunnock as Anna's prickly mother. The rest of the major characters are portrayed by different actors in this film, an irritation in and of itself.

In And Baby Makes Six, the primary focus was Anna fighting tooth and nail, over the objections of her family, to have her menopause baby. Now she is dealing with the upheaval of having the new baby at age 47 and wondering if she has taken on more than she can handle. Many sequels are not as good as the original and this tv-movie is no exception. And Baby Makes Six, which came out the year before, had its flaws, but is a couple of levels above Baby Comes Home. Baby Comes Home picks up on the way to the hospital to have the baby, which is a bit before where the first film ended.

Now that she has the much-anticipated baby Sarah, the formerly self-assured Anna, though very happy at first, becomes increasingly concerned about her looks and aging. She is too embarassed to have sex with her husband and he does not help matters by giving her a membership to a health club. Before long, she cannot even bring herself to leave the house.

Her husband, mother, best friend and three older children do what they can to try to snap her out of her funk, but have little effect. Besides, her family members are all dealing with their own issues. Jason, her 17 year old younger son, an aspiring filmmaker, is beside himself about his SAT scores. So is his best friend, a key player later on. Serena, Anna's mother, who has always been critical of Anna's choice to stay home instead of having a career, does not like getting older any better than her daughter.

Michael is feeling neglected and he probably is. However, he tells an employee that Anna is obsessed with the baby and putting her ahead of him. We see no evidence of this, unless you count Anna interrupting a smooching session with him to go feed the crying baby. Really she is neglecting everyone but the baby, including herself, because of her depression. Eventually, a crisis arises and Anna has to decide to either snap out of her malaise or give in completely.

Both this movie and its predecessor were intended as pilots for a series, though the original aired on NBC and this one was on CBS. Having different actors playing Anna and Michael's three older children and Anna's OBGyn is a bit of a distraction, but can be overlooked. The fact that Shelley List scripted both films lends itself to a welcome continuity.

What Baby Comes Home lacks that And Baby Makes Six had in spades is humor. There are a few laughs, but a better sense of fun would have helped this movie. Where And Baby Makes Six tended at times to lapse into dialogue that Anna Kramer would call "maudlin and soppy," Baby Comes Home spends a lot of time wallowing in the corny and melodramatic, particularly in the delivery room scene, which we were blessedly spared in the first film, as well as in the "turning point" scene.

One thing I prefer about this sequel in comparison with its predecessor is Warren Oates's much more sympathetic portrayal of Michael Kramer. His voice and behavior were gratingly harsh in And Baby Makes Six. Fortunately, he has toned it down here and you can identify with how he is feeling. The actors portraying Elizabeth, Franklin and Jason, the older kids, are pretty flat compared to the ones from the first movie. I particularly missed Timothy Hutton, much more compelling as Jason than Christopher Marcantel.

Mildred Dunnock is good fun as Anna's mom, who does not seem to know how to show her daughter she cares. One cannot say enough nice things about Colleen Dewhurst, who is always delightful. She is clearly raising the level of the entire production with her abilities. A large and imposing figure even in her bare feet and towering close to 6' in heels, it is hard to imagine she could feel insecure.

These are good, interesting characters, but they needed some better things to say and do. I basically enjoyed this film, but I had a sugar high when it was over.


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