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She's Having a Baby

She's Having a Baby

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Director: John Hughes

Cast: Kevin Bacon, Elizabeth McGovern, Alec Baldwin


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An aspiring writer faces up to the responsibilities of marriage and family in this romantic comedy from writer, director, and producer John Hughes. Despite the misgivings he pours out to best friend Davis McDonald (Alec Baldwin), Jake Briggs (Kevin Bacon) marries high-school sweetheart Kristy (


An aspiring writer faces up to the responsibilities of marriage and family in this romantic comedy from writer, director, and producer John Hughes. Despite the misgivings he pours out to best friend Davis McDonald (Alec Baldwin), Jake Briggs (Kevin Bacon) marries high-school sweetheart Kristy (Elizabeth McGovern). After an abortive attempt at graduate school in New Mexico, the couple settles in suburban Chicago. Jake fakes his way into a job as an advertising copywriter, while Kristy settles into her own corporate job. The couple faces the typical ups and downs of any new marriage, especially after Davis visits with a bimbo on his arm, regaling his pal Jake with tales of the good life. A few years later, Kristy decides to stop taking her birth-control pills -- and tells Jake about it three months later. Plagued by doubts, unfulfilled ambitions, and images of a fantasy girl (Isabel Lorca) he once spotted in a club, Jake resists the idea of fatherhood. Then he finds out he has low sperm count and, his manhood thus challenged, lines up for fertility clinic-assisted stud duty. The birth doesn't go as smoothly as Jake expected, however, setting the stage for climactic realizations. Edie McClurg, who played the nosy school secretary in Hughes' Ferris Bueller's Day Off, makes a cameo appearance as an officious neighbor. In addition, a who's who of other Hughes alums and Hollywood stars lend their faces and voices to a series of closing-credits shots in which each suggests a name for the titular baby.

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All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
Sweet but preachy, this John Hughes suburban yuppie fable tells a familiar story in the director's typical Chicago locale. Fantasy sequences, musical numbers, and sight gags, however, keep the material from seeming too frayed at the edges. Elizabeth McGovern gives a typically tart treatment to a role that's a little more mainstream than much of her output, while Kevin Bacon makes a likable enough everyman as the new husband and expectant father struggling to make peace with his vanishing youth. Fans of edgier material probably won't flock to this sort of picture, but the film's intended audience -- relatively well-adjusted middle-class husbands and wives -- will find a lot to like in the sweet-and-sour treatment of family angst, romantic discontentment, and workday-grind blues. The film's most effective sequence, however, owes more to its soundtrack accompaniment than to its actual content; British singer/songwriter Kate Bush crafted the resonant piano ballad "This Woman's Work" specifically for the film's climax, in which Bacon's character must wait in the maternity ward wings while his wife suffers through a difficult breach birth. The obligatory tacked-on happy ending seems like a letdown after such a powerful piece of music has lent its emotional power to the lightweight material. This is, after all, a reassuring John Hughes movie, choice soundtrack contributions notwithstanding.

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kevin Bacon Jefferson "Jake" Briggs
Elizabeth McGovern Kristy Briggs
Alec Baldwin Davis McDonald
Isabel García Lorca Fantasy Girl
William Windom Russ Bainbridge
Cathryn Damon Gayle Bainbridge
Holland Taylor Sarah Briggs
James Ray Jim Briggs
Dennis Dugan Bill
Nancy Lenehan Cynthia
John Ashton Ken
Edie McClurg Lynn
Paul Gleason Howard
Larry Hankin Hank
Valeri Breiman Erin
Terrie Snell Dancer
Reba McKinney Grandmother
Bill Erwin Grandfather
Steve Tannen Man with Bike
Al Leong Photographer
Lili Taylor Girl at Medical Lab
Sherry Narens Nurse at Medical Lab
Kellye Nakahara Nurse at Hospital
Lisa Niemi Model
Angela Alvarado Model
Ingrid Ferrin Nurse
Gail O'Grady Laura
Lydia Peterkoch Actor
Cindy Pickett Suggesting baby names (uncredited)

Technical Credits
John Hughes Director,Producer,Screenwriter
G.A. Aguilar Stunts
Jane Alderman Casting
James Alexander Sound/Sound Designer
Dana A. Bertolette Stunts
George Bowers Editor
Bill Brown Associate Producer
Kate Bush Songwriter
Ronald B. Colby Executive Producer,Production Manager
Stewart Copeland Score Composer
John W. Coros Production Designer
John W. Corso Production Designer
Robert W. Faison Camera Operator
Eddie J. Fernandez Stunts
Eddie Fernandez Stunts
April Ferry Costumes/Costume Designer
James Fierro Stunts
Tarquin Gotch Musical Direction/Supervision
Alan Heim Editor
James Herbert Production Manager
Michael Andrew Hernandez Stunts
Janet Hirshenson Casting
Nicky Holland Score Composer
Steve Jacobs Casting
Jane Jenkins Casting
Maryann Kelman Stunts
Rick LeFevour Stunts
Stacy Logan Stunts
Daniel Maldonado Stunts
Louis Mann Set Decoration/Design
Conrad Palmisano Stunts
Keith Peterman Camera Operator
Jay Peterman Camera Operator
Donald Peterman Cinematographer
Jennifer Polito Set Decoration/Design
Randy Popplewell Stunts
Mark A. Radcliffe Asst. Director
Tony Stevens Choreography
Daniel R. Suhart Asst. Director
Kay H. Whipple Stunts
Brad Wilder Makeup
Rich Wilkie Stunts

Scene Index

Side #1
0. Scene Selection
1. Opening Credits [2:16]
2. Wedding Day [:33]
3. The Groom And The Best Man [1:39]
4. Marriage Vows [2:44]
5. Newlyweds [3:38]
6. Loading Dock [2:50]
7. Advertising Agency [:39]
8. Three Bedroom Mortgage [2:52]
9. Block Party [2:32]
10. Davis' Girlfriend [3:26]
11. The Husband And The Bachelor [2:09]
12. The Girl Across The Dance Floor [2:17]
13. Dreaming Again [4:32]
14. Ad Writers [3:17]
15. Birth Control [:34]
16. Dance Of The Lawn Mowers [3:49]
17. Family Dinner [4:23]
18. "Promise You Won't Get Mad?" [:29]
19. Babies and Models [2:09]
20. Dream Girl [5:27]
21. Fertilization [2:18]
22. Davis And Kristy [:12]
23. Breaking The News [3:03]
24. Pregnancy - Apron Strings [1:46]
25. Labor Pains [4:12]
26. Contractions [2:31]
27. Delivery [:38]
28. Complications [8:05]
29. Marriage Montage -"This Woman's Work." [:54]
30. "And In The End." [4:31]
31. End Credits and Cameos [2:39]


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She's Having a Baby 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I have just about wore out my VHS copy, time for the DVD!!!!!! An excellent feel-good movie to watch alone or with your guy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just a spectacular romance/comedy/uplifting movie. It is an 80's masterpeice!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
wow she's having a baby was a great film from the late 80's in 1988 the movie is about a woman who is gonna have a baby by telling her husband and then he gets a real surprise i like the end of the movie where there choosing a name for the baby boy and other parts of the movie are funny like Kevin Bacon holding a cute baby boy and the wife yelling about Dave's gilfriend and how she tells him she stop taking the pill 3 months ago LoL they should make more movies like this they really should
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's brilliant fun from the late 80's and early 90's style. You'll absolutely love the trials and tribulations that the protagonists go through as they make ordinary life seem to be quite a bit more comical than usual. A must see!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best films ever created. It has you laughing and crying in a few short swoops! I would recommend this movie to anyone and everyone! On my Top 10 Favorite Movie List for sure! The soundtrack is also very amazing.