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She's Having a Baby (1988)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 5 February 1988 (USA)
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 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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Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

5 February 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Papá a la fuerza  »

Box Office


$16,031,707 (USA)

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Did You Know?


Actress Elizabeth McGovern previously turned down the role of Ariel in the Kevin Bacon starring film Footloose (1984), the part in the end being cast with Lori Singer, so McGovern could play Deborah Gelly in Once Upon a Time in America (1984). See more »


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 »


Jefferson "Jake" Edward Briggs: Wh... why do you... why do you think I'm nervous?
Fantasy Girl: Because you don't know what you want.
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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 »


Referenced in There's Nothing Out There (1991) See more »


Written by Stephen Duffy and Roger Freeman
Performed by Dr. Calculus
Produced by Stephen Duffy and Paul Staveley O'Duffy
Courtesy of 10 Records, Ltd.
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An absolute gem of a film.
30 July 2002 | by (Brooklyn, N.Y.) – See all my reviews

I would go on record to say that John Hughes' "She's Having A Baby" is by far the best film he's ever done -- and this from the man responsible for those giddy teen comedies from the '80's (i.e. BREAKFAST CLUB, SIXTEEN CANDLES, FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF).

It's ironic that his best work would be about grownups, or in this case, growing up. Jake and Kristi (played superbly by Kevin Bacon and Elizabeth McGovern), are indeed, your average married couple going through the same problems most married people do, and most kids their age would be sidestepping. But Hughes adds more dimension and more insight, and in spite of the laughs (which there are, by the way) and even some silly sequences,he still wrings out an air of truth.

Sadly, this film flopped at the B.O. in it's initial release back in 1988, but then why carp about performance. "SHAB" is a quiet gem of a film to be appreciated by the few that appreciate good filmmaking.

Grade: A-

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