She's Having a Baby (1988)

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An aspiring writer faces up to the responsibilities of marriage and family in this romantic comedy from writer, director, and producer John Hughes. Despite the misgivings he pours out to best friend Davis McDonald (Alec Baldwin), Jake Briggs (Kevin Bacon) marries high-school sweetheart Kristy (Elizabeth McGovern). After an abortive attempt at graduate school in New Mexico, the couple settles in suburban Chicago. Jake fakes his way into a job as an advertising copywriter, while Kristy settles … More

Rating: PG-13 (adult situations/language)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: John Hughes
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On DVD: Nov 21, 2000
Runtime:
Paramount Home Video

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Critic Reviews for She's Having a Baby

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (11)

If She's Having a Baby were a funnier movie, if the fights were more cleverly written and Bacon and McGovern played them more deftly and lightly, it wouldn't have that unpleasant edge -- seesawing between romance and paranoia.

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Los Angeles Times
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[The film] assumes that boys will be boys but that the mystical act of fatherhood will make a man of you. Trouble with She's Having a Baby is, Hughes believes this without feeling obliged to develop it dramatically.

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Philadelphia Inquirer
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It's a measure of how little maneuvering room the movie leaves its performers that a lovely, sensitive actress like Elizabeth McGovern makes virtually no impression.

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Orlando Sentinel
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She's Having a Baby wants to be everyone's story, but its hollowness makes it no one's.

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Chicago Tribune
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McGovern manages to fare better with the cliches thrown at her than Bacon does; but neither has a prayer of scoring at a game whose rules and players might have been dreamed up by a computer.

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Chicago Reader
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Bacon`s character is such a chronic complainer than we wonder why McGovern doesn't dump him.

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Chicago Tribune
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Audience Reviews for She's Having a Baby

½

The title event doesn't even happen until forty minutes into the movie. Elizabeth McGovern is criminally one-note as a criminally underwritten shrew. Kristy and Jake's relationship arc is borderline nonexistent. How did they fall for each other in the first place, and are we to believe that a baby will infuse purpose in this surface love story? Kevin Bacon plays quarter-life-crisis with stunned anxiety, and the using newspaper to plan out where furniture goes is rather clever, but the movie is a bore and a half.

aliceinpunderland
Alice Shen

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Really good, despite weak. Don't appear to be a John Hughes's film.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

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Hughes writes and directs this comedy drama of a young married couple. It is mostly dramatic, but it does have a good amount of humour throughout the film, which makes it really enjoyable. It's a good film.

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Aj V

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