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She's Having a Baby (1988)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 5 February 1988 (USA)
Young newlyweds find out just how unprepared they are for their future together.

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Sarah Briggs
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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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5 February 1988 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$3,827,520 (USA) (7 February 1988)

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$16,031,707 (USA)
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At the beginning of Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987), Neal Page (Steve Martin) races a character (played by Kevin Bacon) for a taxi. Later, Neal phones his wife to tell her that he has been delayed again. In the background, you can hear the fight from this movie, which was also directed by John Hughes. The fight between Bacon and Elizabeth McGovern is the scene in which she screams that she doesn't like his friend's girlfriend. See more »

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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

Jefferson "Jake" Edward Briggs: [getting ready for bed] Oh, come on. Am I supposed to make my best friend stay in a hotel?
Kristen "Kristy" Briggs: Best friend, my ass. You haven't seen him in two years and in that time he has turned into a complete jerk.
Jefferson "Jake" Edward Briggs: Excuse me?
Kristen "Kristy" Briggs: You heard me and his girlfriend is nauseating.
Jefferson "Jake" Edward Briggs: Nauseating?
Kristen "Kristy" Briggs: [shouting] Her mother died last night, but she didn't to come! She models nude in videos!
Jefferson "Jake" Edward Briggs: She wasn't nude though. She was wearing one of those G-things.
Kristen "Kristy" Briggs: It probably wasn't a video.
Jefferson "Jake" Edward Briggs: Well, m-maybe her mother wasn't a very nice person.
Kristen "Kristy" Briggs:
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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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Soundtracks

CHAIN GANG
Written and Performed by Sam Cooke
Published by ABKCO Music, Inc.
Produced by Hugo and Luigi
Courtesy of RCA Records, Inc.
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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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