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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:
... Jake Briggs
... Kristy Briggs
... Davis McDonald
James Ray ... Jim Briggs
... Sarah Briggs
... Russ Bainbridge
... Gayle Bainbridge
Reba McKinney ... Grandmother
... Grandfather
... Howard
... Bill
Anthony Mockus Sr. ... Minister
... Ken
... Hank
... Lynn
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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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Man. Woman. Life. Death. Infinity. Tuna casserole. One movie dares to tell it all. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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5 February 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Papá a la fuerza  »

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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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The hospital where Kristy has the baby, The Evanston Hospital, is a real hospital located in Evanston, Illinois. It still exists today (as of 2017), but has been extensively remodelled, to the point of not looking like the hospital in the film. It is also now called the Northshore Evanston Hospital. See more »

Goofs

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

Davis McDonald: Yeah, you'll be happy. You just won't know it.
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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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Referenced in Nostalgia Critic: Is Juno Any Damn Good? (2014) See more »

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MORE THAN A FEELING
Written by Tom Scholz
Performed by Boston
Produced by John Boylan and Tom Scholz
Courtesy of CBS Records
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Charismatic Stars and Imaginative Ideas meld effortlessly...
30 November 2005 | by See all my reviews

SHE'S HAVING A BABY was an imaginative and charming 1988 comedy that follows a young couple from courtship through parenthood via some amusing vignettes and clever fantasy sequences that effectively break the fourth wall and constantly remind us that we are watching a movie, but this idea is set up from the beginning through the narration and internal fantasies of lead character Jefferson "Jake" Briggs (Kevin Bacon, in his most appealing post-FOOTLOOSE role). Becon's chemistry with the lovely Elizbath McGovern (whatever happened to her?) is undeniable and early into the film you really find yourself rooting for this couple. Alec Baldwin had one of his best early roles here as Jake's slightly slimy college buddy. There a lot of very funny and imaginative scenes in the film, which are mostly a product of Jake's mind, which I found kind of novel for a John Hughes film...love the production number with the lawn mowers and Jake's in-laws coaching him on what to do during sex, not to mention's Jake's internal re-writing of his wedding vows. Both Holland Taylor and the late Cathryn Damon score as Jake and Christy's moms and William Windom is amusing as Christy's dad, who cuts Jake no slack whatsoever. I think I liked this movie better than the average viewer...maybe because I really like Kevin Bacon and he's practically in every scene, but I think even for non-Bacon fans, there are smiles, chuckles, and warm fuzzy feelings to be found by taking in the story of Jake and Kristy Briggs.


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