A while ago I did a movie review for one of my favorite comedies that came out of the 80s, Baby Boom. Now in that review I mainly talked about the movie's plot and what I found so humorous about it. Right now I want to talk about the main character, J.C. Wiatt, as played by the wonderful Diane Keaton.
J.C. is the typical working yuppie who lets her career become her own life. She is a successful executive who is well on her way to being made a partner in the company she works for. She has no personal life, outside of a relationship of convenience with another high powered executive who lives for his job as well. So when she receives a phone call in the middle of the night, she's not prepared for what's about to come.
The phone call informs her that her distant cousin has died and has left her an inheritance. Little does she know that when she arrives at the airport to pick up her inheritance, it's a baby girl named Elizabeth. From here on out J.C.'s life changes forever.
At first she wants to give Elizabeth to a nice family who has the time and desire to raise a baby, but by the time that opportunity comes she has already bonded with Elizabeth, and when the family turns out to be a little odd (even by Kansas standards), she decides to keep her. J.C. tries to tell herself that she can keep her life the same way, that it won't change anything. Then she loses her guy and her job over the decision.
What I love about J.C. is that instead of moping and feeling sorry for herself all the time (she just does for a little bit) she moves out to a farm in Vermont and start her life over. She is a fighter who won't give up the idea that anyone, man or woman, can have a family and a job at the same time. She is a role model for every single parent out there (myself included) who is doing their best to provide for their child and live a life at the same time.