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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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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 »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 February 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Papá a la fuerza See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$16,031,707
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Dolby

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Kevin Bacon later top-billed He Said, She Said (1991) for Paramount Pictures, having previously headlined the earlier box-office hit for the studio, Footloose (1984). Bacon had also appeared in other 1980s Paramount films, such as this movie and Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987). 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

Russ Bainbridge: [to Jake] If you're gonna piss your life away writing some goddamn book that no one is ever gonna give a crap about, why did you have to involve my daughter? Let's say she gets pregnant. What are you gonna do? Three can't live on what you make. Two can't live on what you make.
Jefferson "Jake" Edward Briggs: [having a vision of him, Kristy and their baby in a cold, dark alley somewhere with a fire burning] Kristy, is the baby warmer?
Kristen "Kristy" Briggs: We're fine. Sweetie, don't burn your book. Maybe we can get some wood.
Jefferson "Jake" Edward Briggs: Wood's expensive. Words ...
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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 »

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Features The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

Apron Strings
Written by Ben Watt and Tracey Thorn
Performed by Everything But The Girl
Produced by Ben Watt
Everything But The Girl performs courtesy of Blanco Y Negro Records, Ltd./WEA Records, Ltd./Sire Records,
Inc.
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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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