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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.

Director:

John Hughes

Writer:

John Hughes

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Bacon ... Jake Briggs
Elizabeth McGovern ... Kristy Briggs
Alec Baldwin ... Davis McDonald
James Ray James Ray ... Jim Briggs
Holland Taylor ... Sarah Briggs
William Windom ... Russ Bainbridge
Cathryn Damon ... Gayle Bainbridge
Reba McKinney Reba McKinney ... Grandmother
Bill Erwin ... Grandfather
Paul Gleason ... Howard
Dennis Dugan ... Bill
Anthony Mockus Sr. Anthony Mockus Sr. ... Minister
John Ashton ... Ken
Larry Hankin ... Hank
Edie McClurg ... Lynn
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Storyline

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 See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 February 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

She's Having a Baby See more »

Filming Locations:

Glencoe, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,827,520, 7 February 1988

Gross USA:

$16,031,707

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,031,707
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

This movie was filmed at the same time as two other John Hughes movies: The Great Outdoors (1988), which was written by Hughes, and Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987), which was written and directed by him. Some of the same cast members from both films appear in this film in cameos seen at the end of the picture. See more »

Goofs

When Kristy tells Jake she stopped taking the pill, he is shown on a rocket sled which crashes into a concrete wall. When it explodes the size of the flame doesn't match the size of the wreckage - it's clearly a model. See more »

Quotes

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 »


Soundtracks

Happy Families
Written by Andy Partridge
Performed by XTC (as XTC)
Produced by Andy Partridge
XTC performs courtesy of Geffen Records, Inc./Virgin Records Limited
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The Hughes series continues...
10 February 2004 | by PookyiscuteSee all my reviews

So, I guess if I were at gunpoint, I would choose this as being my second favorite film in the Hughes lineup. He has made so many good movies, it's hard to pick just one as your favorite, but this is definitely a close second to The Breakfast Club.

Kevin Bacon plays a writer just out of college trying to support his newly wedded wife, while at the same time working for some sort of ad agency, and trying to write his first book. Throughout the movie, it's him narrarating his life from the start of his wedding until the end of the movie...

His wife, however, decides that she's ready for a baby. He on the other hand, does not really get as excited about the idea as she does.

The entire movie is set up from his point of view, and he sees the world through his eyes, and a lot of 'what ifs' start to boggle his mind. His confusion and dry humor make it a great classic, and a great watch for anyone. A fun piece of movie trivia...in the movie 'Trains, Planes, and Automobiles' Steve Martin's wife in the movie, lays awake late one night watching a movie on T.V. If you listen closely to what they're saying, it's a scene from 'She's Having a Baby'. The scene when Kevin Bacon and his on screen wife are having a fight. A fun little movie fact for you.

I hope you'll see it if you haven't. And if you already did, you're smart. And if you saw it and didn't like it, well, then....there we are.

I give this movie, a 10 out of 10. A great movie, to be seen by all!

And that's the end of my review.


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