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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 »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 February 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Papá a la fuerza 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

The name of the medical facility, where Kristen Briggs (Elizabeth McGovern) had her baby, was "The Evanston Hospital". See more »

Goofs

When Jake and Davis are in the car before the wedding, Davis tosses his cigarette out of the car. He then immediately has a lit, half-smoked cigarette in his hand. See more »

Quotes

Jefferson "Jake" Edward Briggs: Wh... why do you... why do you think I'm nervous?
Fantasy Girl: Because you don't know what you want.
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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 »

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An absolute gem of a film.
30 July 2002 | by moveefrkSee all my reviews

I would go on record to say that John Hughes' "She's Having A Baby" is by far the best film he's ever done -- and this from the man responsible for those giddy teen comedies from the '80's (i.e. BREAKFAST CLUB, SIXTEEN CANDLES, FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF).

It's ironic that his best work would be about grownups, or in this case, growing up. Jake and Kristi (played superbly by Kevin Bacon and Elizabeth McGovern), are indeed, your average married couple going through the same problems most married people do, and most kids their age would be sidestepping. But Hughes adds more dimension and more insight, and in spite of the laughs (which there are, by the way) and even some silly sequences,he still wrings out an air of truth.

Sadly, this film flopped at the B.O. in it's initial release back in 1988, but then why carp about performance. "SHAB" is a quiet gem of a film to be appreciated by the few that appreciate good filmmaking.

Grade: A-


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