• PG-13, 1 hr. 46 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    John Hughes
    In Theaters:
    Feb 5, 1988 Wide
    On DVD:
    Nov 21, 2000
  • Paramount Home Video

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She's Having a Baby Reviews

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Lucas M

Super Reviewer

May 21, 2011
Really good, despite weak. Don't appear to be a John Hughes's film.
AJ V

Super Reviewer

September 6, 2010
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.
Megan S

Super Reviewer

February 2, 2011
Okay, not the greatest John Hughes movie of course. Watching movies like this make me wonder why some people get married in the first place and it makes me feel lucky to have such a positive relationship, the fights are so stupid!
cancercapricorn2002
cancercapricorn2002

Super Reviewer

August 10, 2009
This is John Hughes comic tale about a young man's struggle to mature in the face of marriage and impending fatherhood. Kevin Bacon is perfectly cast as the loving husband not quite willing to give up his dreams of bachelorhood. He's 100% committed to his wife, he just isn't quite ready to move on to the next step. Not wanting to create waves he agrees to start trying to get pregnant. which only makes his anxiety worse...and more amusing. Sex becomes a chore and his wife a mess of hormones he can't ever seem to please. The baby has already changed his life and it hasn't even arrived. Things only get worse once she becomes pregnant, culminating in an intense birth scene that teaches our hero the value of his marriage. It may take two to make a baby, but this is Bacon's show all the way. He plays this role with energy, honesty and intelligence. By using everyday situations, Hughes makes the humor all the more approachable and funny. Bacon's actions aren't always likable, but you can't really blame him for feeling the way he does. Parenthood is a huge step, and though this is a comedy, it treats the situation with the respect it deserves. Though the film misfires at points, it is overall an enchanting story about life, love and starting a family.
Cassandra M

Super Reviewer

August 8, 2009
If you haven't seen this lovely little film yet, and you are due to be a young family man, I recommend it. Watch it with you significant other, and dare to try and not shed a tear, both laughing and really crying. If you're an 80's music fan, there's simply another great reason to love this film. Plus, Hughes uses fantasy outakes in a way few people had done prior to Ally Macbeal. It renders what could have been a generally typical, boring "chick-flick" a decently entertaining picture.
Leigh R

Super Reviewer

October 17, 2006
So cute. They were so young it was just adorable.
deano
deano

Super Reviewer

November 16, 2006
Bit funny with the young married couple in their dream life has turned into a series of nightmares until the wife tells the interesting news.
Cameron W. Johnson
Cameron W. Johnson

Super Reviewer

April 30, 2014
"She's havin' a baby, what a lovely way of saying how much you love me". Sorry, Paul Anka, you can generalize the baby with "a", rather than "my", but there's no making that song's lyric less than a little creepy, and come to think of it, this film's title is a little unnerving... and a little lazy. Oh, well, jeez, John Hughes, is the main theme of this romantic comedy supposed to be parenthood or something like that? Say what you will, but whether it be because not to many people are lazy enough to take on a title like this, or whatever, it's original, at least in comparison with the film itself. It's not even distinguished as a John Hughes film about grown-up issues which stars someone whose surname derives from a tasty, but unhealthy snack, because first it was "Planes, Trains & Automobiles", with John Candy, and now you have this film, with Kevin Bacon. I'm making a stretch, sure, but looking at the "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon" game, you seem to be obligated to stretch something out when Kevin Bacon is around, as this film's title won't tell you, seeing as how they must not have put too much thought into it. The film itself, however, has its inspired elements, and yet, I must admit that its lazy aspects don't end with the title.

The film is plenty refreshing, and when it's less than that, it tends to devolve to tropes, not exactly being consistently predictable, but with beats whose gradual unraveling carries some predictability which slows down momentum to an ambition to freshen up storytelling, sometimes a touch too much. There's not a whole lot of style to this film, but John Hughes, as director and writer, makes a few slightly questionable touches to storytelling style, particularly when it comes to dramatizations of Kevin Bacon's lead Jefferson "Jake" Briggs' eccentric fantasies, which are not only forced, but thin out subtlety, despite their being more unique than the narrative concept itself. These odd stylistic touches aren't especially big issues, but they stand, and they're a little harder to ignore as inconsequential once the film's storytelling seems to abandon them, sometimes for the sake of heavier, perhaps even dramatic elements which drive inconsistency in tone, but just barely. Unevenness in style and tone is there, but just barely, especially compared to an unevenness in pacing, whose tighter elements are often awkward in their hurrying, and whose more draggy elements are often repetitious, resulting in a lack of certainty to momentum so extreme and recurrent that the film gets to be aimless. To make matters worse, as lively as John Hughes keeps a lot of things as director, there are dry spells where a certain quietness or simple steadiness to directorial pacing comes into play, maybe dulling things down, and certainly stiffening already questionable pacing that gets the final product to an almost 110-minute runtime which its narrative might not be meaty enough to sustain. Natural shortcomings to this barely consequential narrative hold back potential that, well, is all but transcended, thanks to plenty of inspired and effective elements, which, alas, see too great a challenge within the unevenness for underwhelmingness to go overcome. The film falls shy of rewarding, but for what this is, that's impressive, for although natural shortcomings and inconsistencies shake momentum, there's enough engagement value to make quite the entertaining flick.

Entertainment value is even reinforced by the musical value of the film, which alternates between old-fashioned song and solid, then-contemporary tunes of the latter '80s that aren't too clichéd, and liven things up, thanks partly to their clever utilization within Hughes' direction. Hughes, at least as director, drives much of the entertainment value of the film through style, because even though Hughes' writing has some questionable stylistic touches, Hughes' direction has a snap to its plays on visuals and Alan Heim's editing which keeps momentum brisk, until broken by slower storytelling touches that, while often steady to the point of blandness, draw you in when they most need to, particularly with a surprisingly penetrating final act. Alternating between fun and thoughtful, Hughes' direction is what most drives the final product to the brink of rewarding, over which it can't quite cross, partly due to the natural shortcomings that Hughes faces as a filmmaker whose directorial skills outweigh his narrative skills. There's not much to this film's story concept, and yet, it's plenty interesting, interpreting relatable subject matter dealing with the evolution of a couple and of the reinforcement of a husband's masculinity in a manner whose more lighthearted elements are fun and whose more weighty aspects are compelling, even in a concept that Hughes brings to life in a script which, at the same time, holds the final product back. If Hughes' script was more refreshing, realized in style, and even in tone and pacing, the final product might have actually stood a chance of transcending its minimalist story concept's potential and achieving a rewarding point, yet at the same time, the film owes much of its engagement value to Hughes' direction and writing, which has its share of solid, refreshing set pieces, as well as dialogue that is often literary in its snap, and consistently complimentary to a strong sense of humor that ranges from amusing to near-hilarious. As for the deeper aspects of Hughes' writing, while characterization seems to focus too much on the Jake Briggs protagonist, to the point of even underplaying the should-be almost equally significant Kristy Briggs role, the film is driven by grounded and memorable characters, brought to life by grounded and memorable performances, with Alec Baldwin stealing the spotlight every time he steps under it through his classic electric chemistry, while Kevin Bacon's portrayal of a passionate, but quiet everyman who embraces and questions many of the paths taken in his life is impeccable, with enough charming and convincingness to make quite the worthy lead. Bacon's individual charisma, and chemistry with his peers, is a delight that drives the film about as much as highlights in Hughes' direction and writing, of which there aren't enough to make a truly strong affair, but enough to make an almost rewardingly entertaining one.

When it's all said and done, a minimalist story of limited consequence could have been made into a rewarding opus if it wasn't so challenged by a lack of originality in certain places, the occasional questionable stylistic choice, and an unevenness in tone and pace, for the solid soundtrack, slickly paced, when not thoughtful highlights in John Hughes' stylish direction and snappy writing, and charismatic acting - especially from worthy leading man Kevin Bacon - prove to be enough to make the lazily titled "She's Having a Baby" a generally very entertaining and sometimes compellingly inspired, if ultimately held back dramedy.

2.75/5 - Decent
The80sExpert
May 13, 2010
A very cute, funny, dramatic, enduring story which many people can relate to, and if not still find the film enjoyable. I did kind of expect the topic of having a baby to come up sooner in the story, since it's in the title, but it really works the way it is. The main character has a lot of strange day dreams throughout the movie, which I could do without, but some of them are funny so I didn't mind after a while. Anyway, I would recommend this movie to everyone.
philliprenke
December 30, 2009
I think John Hughes should have stuck writing for teenagers when he made this movie. Of course he's writen a lot of movies with older casts that are great, this movie just didn't coalesce for some reason. I didn't understand the surreal dream segments in this film either.
skootertaylor
December 8, 2007
Kooky flick! Sometimes it could be painful to watch. Many things were hard to understand and made no sense!
danigirl789
July 24, 2007
This movie was alright. It was just kinda bland, because it didnt really have any parts that made me jump out of my seat or nothing. But the story was good and it all worked out for the best.
July 20, 2007
I was completely able to relate to the entire content of the movie, which was a little bit shocking. Two young kids get married, live in a dump.. struggle with all that life has to offer and are reminded several times by family members that this wasn't going to be a walk in the park. Slowly, but surely, things start to work out for the best for the inspiring hopefuls. Then, they begin to journey into the possibliities of being pregnant. It gives a humorous outlook on the whole concept. The beginning of the movie does drag, but helps you to understand each character for a brief 2 minutes a piece. Kevin Bacon, as a young stud with his well-groomed hair (LOL), makes the entire movie comical and definitely worth a look.
angelkisses32703
June 6, 2007
bacon plays a good nervous dad Bladwin a lonley wanna be Gigolo and McGovern a goody to shoes that's stuck up and prego
shelerella
May 29, 2007
This was actually a pretty cute movie...A sweet and humorous look into the world of pregnancy, and becoming a grown-up..
LikeWord
April 11, 2007
Love this movie! They need more baby movies! Very very funny, remember to check the credits for baby advice from a TON of superfamous actors.actresses :)
February 13, 2007
i think this movie reflects a pretty acurate display of how a lot of couples are when the expierence the birth of a child
.:SexiVixxEN :

Super Reviewer

January 21, 2007
For some reason my world stops when this movie is on.Its got everything,comedy ,drama,happy,sad etc.Kevin Bacon is awesome,its just a sweet story I LOVE this movie!
omikan27
January 14, 2007
I remember this as being a smart and far-from-syrup-coated look at potential parenthood. Was I ever gratified to find that Kevin Smith has cited this one as his favorite non-teen-oriented Hughes flick too-- and even admitted that JERSEY GIRL is somewhat of a homage to it.
July 3, 2014
34%?? Are you frakking kidding me!? She's Having A Baby deserves 4 Stars just for that last John Hughes + Kate Bush full box of tissues scene alone!! Throw in a half for Alec Baldwin's breakout scene stealing role as KB's best friend - "Yeah, you'll be happy, you just won't know it, that's all."
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