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She's Having a Baby (1988)

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Jake and Kristy Briggs are newlyweds. Being young, they are perhaps a bit unprepared for the full reality of marriage and all that it (and their parents) expect from them. Do they want ... See full summary »

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Jake Briggs
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Jim Briggs
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Sarah Briggs
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Gayle Bainbridge
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Bill
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Ken
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Lynn
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Jake and Kristy Briggs are newlyweds. Being young, they are perhaps a bit unprepared for the full reality of marriage and all that it (and their parents) expect from them. Do they want babies? Their parents certainly want them to. Is married life all that there is? Things certainly aren't helped by Jake's friend Davis, who always seems to turn up just in time to put a spanner in the works. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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A comedy about the labours of love

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5 February 1988 (USA)  »

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She's Having a Baby  »

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$16,031,707 (USA)
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Paul Gleason plays an uncredited character called "Blind Boy Grunt". Blind Boy Grunt was a pseudonym used by Bob Dylan in the early 1960s, and was also the name of a famous bootleg album of his in the early 1970s. See more »

Goofs

When Jake meets the mysterious girl in the museum, he is wearing a gray suit with a dark pink tie. He's still wearing that suit on the train, but when he arrives home, he is wearing a dark suit with a red tie. See more »

Quotes

[Jake's job interview]
Howard: How do you feel about slave wages?
Jefferson "Jake" Edward Briggs: Slave wages are okay.
Bill: How do you feel about alcoholics?
Jefferson "Jake" Edward Briggs: Um, I like alcoholics?
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Crazy Credits

Various stars suggesting baby names - Kirstie Alley, Harry Anderson, Jay and Michael Astin, Dan Aykroyd, Matthew Broderick, John Candy, Dyan Cannon, Belinda Carlisle, Ted Danson, Judi Evans, Woody Harrelson, Robert Hays, "Magic" Johnson, Michael Keaton, Joanna Kerns, Penny Marshall, Bill Murray, Roy Orbison, Cindy Pickett, Annie Potts, John Ratzenberger, Ally Sheedy, Lyman Ward, Wil Wheaton, Warren Zevon. See more »

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MORE THAN A FEELING
Written by Tom Scholz
Performed by Boston
Produced by John Boylan and Tom Scholz
Courtesy of CBS Records
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A Classic of the Era
18 June 2005 | by (Seattle, WA) – See all my reviews

I actually saw this film in the theaters (one of a handful of people in the world, I believe). Most people weren't prepared for John Hughes to break into more grown-up fare after his successful films about teens (Ferris Bueller, Pretty in Pink, etc.), and this film's failure (along with the failure of Planes, Trains, and Automobiles) forced Hughes into making commercially successful but artistically bankrupt crap like Home Alone.

Although I was in college when the film came out, I instantly fell in love with the story of this fictionalized version of Hughes own early married life. Kevin Bacon did some of his best work in this film, and Elizabeth McGovern is simply radiant as the "she" of the title. Alec Balwdin is thin and disgusting as the "best friend" who has an unrequited lust for his pal's wife.

Filled with surreal moments (which are par for the course today, in shows like Scrubs) where Bacon's character imagines his response (or the response of others) to various situations, several stand out. The wonderful suburban lawnmower scene, the moment when he imagines his in-laws giving sex advice ("Get your butt a little higher, Jake!"), etc.

As a young father, I have felt everything Jake felt as they ventured into parenthood. Fear, wonder, and a weird sense of losing your wife's body to something you don't quite understand. And as funny as the film is, it is also quite poignant at moments and full of heart.

The use of classic late 80's bands (a Hughes specialty) is excellent and quite extensive. Gene Loves Jezebel, Love and Rockets, XTX, Bryan Ferry, Everything But the Girl, and Kate Bush (whose song is used most effectively to tug at heart strings) are all used to highlight, comment on, and bring the story to life.

Highly recommended and easily Hughes' most heartfelt film.


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