I have a weakness for romantic comedies from the ’80s, and Baby Boom with Diane Keaton is one of my favorites. She plays J.C. Wiatt, who is so driven and ambitious at work that she has never really made time for a personal life. Then a distant relative dies and she’s appointed as her guardian.
J.C. lives in a sleek, gray, contemporary apartment in New York City that reflects who she is as a high-powered businesswoman:
She soon realizes that a house filled with leather, glass, and chrome, isn’t exactly baby friendly:
When J.C. can no longer keep up with her high-powered business career, she quits her job and takes Elizabeth to live in the small town of Hadleyville, Vermont:
J.C. has bought this charming yellow farmhouse from the classified ads, sight unseen:
J.C. spends the long winter inside the farmhouse making applesauce from all the apples she gathered in her orchard. She later begins selling it as “Country Baby” baby food, and it’s a big hit with yuppie parents:
There are some problems with the roof that become apparent during a snowstorm:
The plumber explains that no, she’ll have to tap into the county water line, which is several miles down the road, and that’s going to be kind of expensive. J.C. has a meltdown–the house has had one problem after another and she’s broke.
Things look up for her when she falls for the local vet (played by Sam Shepard).
Baby Boom was written by Nancy Meyers, who is behind more good house-movies than you can shake a stick at, including The Parent Trap, Father of the Bride, and Something’s Gotta Give.
I think the sets have held up pretty well considering they were designed in 1987. All these years later, I still love that yellow house.
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