She's Having a Baby (1988)
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Critic Reviews for She's Having a Baby
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.
[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.
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.
She's Having a Baby wants to be everyone's story, but its hollowness makes it no one's.
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.
Audience Reviews for She's Having a Baby
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.
Really good, despite weak. Don't appear to be a John Hughes's film.
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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