Rated: PG-13 Reviewed by: Linda Release date: July 14, 1995 Released by: Twentieth Century Fox
Producer, writer and director Chris Columbus' (Home Alone, Mrs. Doubtfire) new film, Nine Months, is not to be missed. It is packed with laughs and heartfelt emotion - a combination which is truly hard to beat.
Starring Hugh Grant ("Four Weddings and a Funeral) and Julianne Moore (Vanya on 42nd Street), Nine Months is based on the French film "Neuf Mois" which Columbus knew he could develop into a successful American adaptation. After all, he and his wife have been conducting the research over the past several years, raising three children of their own.
Samuel (Grant) doesn't initially share Columbus' view. Settled into an enjoyable existence with Rebecca (Moor), his girlfriend of five years, Samuel becomes frightened by the major changes he feels are inherent in parenthood. Grant does a great job portraying the anxious father-to-be.
As Rebecca, Moore is wonderful. Having been involved in projects of a more serious, dramatic nature, Moore embraced the chance to play in a romantic comedy.
Joan Curask and Tom Arnold round out the cast as the over friendly and fertile Marty and Gail Dwyer, whose obnoxious children play a large role in Samuel's pre-parental nightmares. The two are extremely funny and I was particularly impressed with Cusack, whose supporting roles I have enjoyed in many other films, most notably Men Don't Leave. Both Arnold and Cusack exude a real tenderness and their characters significantly impact Samuel and Rebecca's relationship.
I loved the film! This is truly a labor of love and laughs. Chris Columbus and his wonderful cast have given birth to a winner!