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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


Drama, Comedy

Nov 21, 2000

Paramount Home Video

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So very little works in She's Having a Baby that it's easiest just to grouse on how petty and little-minded and pro-conformity it is.

November 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

A rare failure from filmmaker John Hughes...

July 11, 2006 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Deals with a husband who just doesn't want to grow up and face his responsibilities.

August 28, 2004 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

The Hughes formula at its thinnest.

May 23, 2004
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

It should have been the movie where Hughes got Oscar nominations; the Academy weren't going to award his comedies, but here is where he showed he could branch out and grow up.

November 16, 2003

When good Hughes goes bad.

May 28, 2003
Juicy Cerebellum

Hilarious look at married life in Suburban Chicago

February 19, 2003
Henderson Home News (Henderson, NV)

Honest and funny, though stuck in the 80's.

February 21, 2001 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Audience Reviews for She's Having a Baby

Really good, despite weak. Don't appear to be a John Hughes's film.
May 21, 2011
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.
February 26, 2011

Super Reviewer

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!
February 2, 2011

Super Reviewer

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.
August 10, 2009
David Ladd

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    1. Davis McDonald: Yeah, you'll be happy, you just won't know it, that's all.
    – Submitted by Alexander S (17 months ago)
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