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She's Having a Baby (1988)

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

Certificate:

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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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The teaser trailer appeared on the January 1987 video release of Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986), but the film was not released until over a year later, due to John Hughes having problems editing the film during post-production. 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

Fantasy Girl: If you're still in love with her, how come you're here with me?
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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 »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)
Written by Eddie Holland (as Edward Holland), Lamont Dozier, and Brian Holland
Performed by Marvin Gaye
Produced by Eddie Holland (as Holland), Lamont Dozier (as Dozier), Brian Holland (as Holland)
Courtesy of Motown Records Corporation
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Fun and enjoyable. Bacon is a blast here.
30 May 2000 | by ipswich-2See all my reviews

It's difficult not to like this John Hughes movie which explores the relationship between Jefferson Briggs (Bacon) and Kristy (McGovern) from their wedding day till their baby's birth. The movie centers around how Bacon matures to become a responsible family man. The movie is portrayed through the eyes of new graduate Briggs and the audience moves along with his fears, plight and fortunes. Although not entirely original, there are moments throughout that you will empathize and laugh along with, mainly because we all went through this before. This is one of Hughes' definitive films from the 1980s and the music accompanying the movie is great, from Gene Loves Jezebel to Everything But The Girl and Kate Bush. Bacon is hilarious and McGovern gives an understated but effective performance as the wife determined to have a baby. Alec Baldwin is brilliant as Davis McDonald, the devilish best friend of Bacon who tries to dissuade him out of marriage. There are genuinely funny moments that pepper this movie throughout and makes it really delightful. There are the "high-brow" critics who slag this movie off. Don't be influenced by their views. This is an endearing and enjoyable movie.


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