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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
James Ray ...
Jim Briggs
Sarah Briggs
Gayle Bainbridge
Reba McKinney ...
Anthony Mockus Sr. ...


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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Man. Woman. Life. Death. Infinity. Tuna casserole. One movie dares to tell it all. See more »


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Release Date:

5 February 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Papá a la fuerza  »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,827,520, 7 February 1988, Wide Release

Gross USA:

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


John Hughes performed a few roles on this picture, as Screenwriter, Producer, and Director. See more »


When Jake kisses his wife goodbye, comes down the sidewalk, stumbles, and falls, a blue pad to protect his knees is clearly visible on the sidewalk. See more »


Harry: Dashiel (Suggesting a name for the baby! His real life son's name!)
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Crazy Credits

The film's title is followed by the same 5 symbols that appeared at the start of each episode of Ben Casey (1961): "man, woman, birth, death, infinity" as the narrator of that series used to say. See more »


References Lolita (1962) See more »


Written by David J., Daniel Ash, and Kevin Haskins
Performed by Love and Rockets
Produced by John A. Rivers and Love and Rockets
Courtesy of Beggars Banquet Records, Ltd.
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A Great Piece From the John Hughes Catalog
21 July 2013 | by See all my reviews

Such a great movie! I was arguing with myself for the longest time, avoiding this one, thinking it may not contain elements of what I commonly associate John Hughes movies to be....a certain formula if you will. I was not displeased in the least with this movie. It had all the emotional elements a movie should have and what a great directorial project. I always enjoyed Hughes and his certain direction points and trademarks. I thought he did a great job.

Kevin Bacon and Elizabeth McGovern shine true as a newly wed couple, struggling in the beginning years and also experiencing different effects of their marriage. In some places, I found myself completely relating and laughing out loud. The ending held me on pins and needles and with that conclusion, I felt this movie had everything it should offer. Much Recommended and you can't say you've experienced a great John Hughes movie, until you see this one.

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