Baby Boom - A nice mess

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German title Baby Boom - A nice mess
Original title Baby boom
Country of production United States
original language English
Publishing year 1987
length 106 minutes
Age rating FSK 6
Director Charles Shyer
script Nancy Meyers ,
Charles Shyer
production Bruce A. Block ,
Nancy Meyers
music Bill Conti
camera William A. Fraker
cut Lynzee Klingman

Baby Boom - A beautiful Christmas present (Original title: Baby Boom ) is an American comedy film directed by Charles Shyer from 1987 .


JC Wiatt is a successful business consultant who is literally married to her job. She lives with the investment banker Steven in a shared apartment in New York. Just as she is about to be named co-owner of her company, her life is completely turned upside down: She is given custody of little Elizabeth Wiatt, the daughter of distant relatives who have died in an accident.

Since she has absolutely nothing to do with a baby, JC tries to have Elizabeth adopted. But when the potential parents want to take the baby with them, she decides to keep Elizabeth. When her friend Steven finds out about this, he leaves her. In addition, she is increasingly neglecting her job, so that a younger colleague gradually overtakes her. JC then decides to quit her job. She buys a two hundred year old property with some farm animals, land and a private lake in Vermont and moves there with Elizabeth. However, JC soon realized that country life was turning out to be more difficult than she had imagined. Her new house needs some costly repairs that she cannot afford, and she ultimately misses the big city and her work. She has a nervous breakdown which results in her calling the local veterinarian, Dr. Meet Jeff Cooper, who keeps an eye on her. Annoyed by everyone and everything, she defies Jeff's advances and now focuses on getting back to New York as soon as possible. But the chance to find a buyer for your house quickly turns out to be almost impossible.

To pass the boredom, JC begins to make homemade applesauce, which Elizabeth loves to eat. Soon, however, she has the goods in excess and begins to sell the applesauce on a large scale under the “Country Baby” brand. “Country Baby” becomes an absolute bestseller, so that JC has to go into large-scale production soon and their company continues to grow. In the meantime, JC gives in to Jeff's charm and falls in love with him.

Despite the phenomenal success of her small business, JC still wants to go back to New York, so the call from her old boss, Fritz, comes in handy. He wants to buy JC's company on behalf of a customer, Food Chain. He makes her a very lucrative offer, which on the one hand would make her a millionaire and on the other hand would bring her back to her beloved business life. But JC declines the offer because she realizes that her priorities have now changed and she doesn't want to give up her new life with Elizabeth in Vermont.

The film ends with JC informing Jeff of her decision on her return from New York and meeting him for the evening. When JC arrives at home, Elizabeth calls her "Mama" for the first time.


The lexicon of international films wrote that the film was a “shallow comedy knitted according to simple patterns” that wanted to arouse sympathy for a “family idyll” in which women were not employed.


Diane Keaton and the film for Best Motion Picture Comedy or Musical were nominated for a Golden Globe Award in 1988 . Pam Dixon was nominated for casting for the Artios of the Casting Society of America in 1988 .

The German Film and Media Evaluation FBW in Wiesbaden awarded the film the title valuable.


The film was shot in New York City , Los Angeles, and various locations in Vermont . It had its world premiere on September 17, 1987 at the Toronto Film Festival . The film grossed about 26.7 million US dollars into US cinemas.

The actor Chris Noth , still unknown in the 1980s, can be seen in the film in an extra role .

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  1. Baby Boom - A nice present. In: Lexicon of International Films . Film service , accessed March 2, 2017 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used 
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  3. Baby Boom premiere dates
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