She's Having a Baby is a 1988 American romantic comedy film directed and written by John Hughes. It stars Kevin Bacon and Elizabeth McGovern as a young newlywed couple who try to cope with married life and their parents' expectations.
|She's Having a Baby|
|Directed by||John Hughes|
|Written by||John Hughes|
|Produced by||John Hughes|
|Edited by||Alan Heim|
|Music by||Stewart Copeland|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Box office||$16 million (domestic)|
This film looks at the lives of Jefferson "Jake" (Kevin Bacon) and Kristy Briggs (Elizabeth McGovern), from their wedding day until the birth of their first child, mostly through Jake's eyes, with his voiceover commentaries and several imaginary scenes. Before their wedding day, Jake asks his best friend, Davis McDonald (Alec Baldwin) if he thinks Jake will be happy, to which his friend says, "Yeah, you'll be happy. You just won't know it."
After their wedding, Jake and Kristy head off for New Mexico, where Jake works toward gaining a Master's Degree, but leaves before finishing. They return to Chicago where Jake is hired as an advertising copywriter. Jake says he wants to be a writer, which amuses his boss. Kristy is hired as a research analyst, and they are able to buy a house in the suburbs. Meanwhile, Jake begins fantasizing about having an affair with a mysterious young French model (Isabel García Lorca).
Jake and Kristy continue to adjust to their new lives, although Jake feels pressure from his family, society and his wife to have a child. Kristy's mother Gayle (Cathryn Damon) casually informs them that she had a difficult birth with Kristy and nearly died. Later, Kristy informs Jake that she stopped taking contraceptives without telling him. After several months, they discover that the reason she hasn't gotten pregnant is because he has been unable to impregnate her.
After not seeing Jake and Kristy for three years, Davis visits unexpectedly, telling them that his father has died. Jake and Kristy are supportive, allowing him to stay the night. Things take a turn when Davis makes a pass at Kristy by proclaiming his feelings and trying to open her bathrobe, but Kristy turns him down, telling him that she is in love with Jake.
The couple begins a fertility program, which eventually succeeds. During a traumatic labor, Jake must leave the delivery room and he worries about losing Kristy, realizing that his lack of satisfaction in life was due to his own selfishness and immaturity.
The last scene of the film reveals that Jake's voiceover was the new father reading his novel entitled She's Having a Baby to his wife and son.
- Kevin Bacon as Jefferson "Jake" Edward Briggs
- Elizabeth McGovern as Kristen "Kristy" Bainbridge Briggs
- Alec Baldwin as Davis McDonald
- James Ray as Jim Briggs
- Holland Taylor as Sarah Briggs
- William Windom as Russ Bainbridge
- Cathryn Damon as Gayle Bainbridge
- Bill Erwin as Grandpa Briggs
- Reba McKinney as Grandma Briggs
- John Ashton as Ken
- Paul Gleason as Howard
- Dennis Dugan as Bill
- Larry Hankin as Hank
- Edie McClurg as Lynn
- Nancy Lenehan as Cynthia
- Valerie Breiman as Erin
- Gail O'Grady as Laura
- Isabel García Lorca as Fantasy Girl
End credit cameosEdit
- Kirstie Alley
- Harry Anderson
- Dan Aykroyd (as Roman Craig)
- Jeff Bridges
- Matthew Broderick (as Ferris Bueller)
- John Candy (as Chet Ripley)
- Dyan Cannon
- Stewart Copeland
- Ted Danson
- Mike Ditka
- Judi Evans
- Bob Fraser
- Willie Garson
- Woody Harrelson
- Robert Hays
- Amy Irving
- Magic Johnson
- Michael Jordan
- Michael Keaton
- Joanna Kerns
- Elias Koteas
- Peter MacNicol
- Penny Marshall
- Bill Murray
- Olivia Newton-John
- Roy Orbison
- Cindy Pickett
- Bronson Pinchot
- Annie Potts
- John Ratzenberger
- Ally Sheedy
- Lyman Ward
- Will Wheaton
- Chris Young (as Buck Ripley)
- Warren Zevon
The film was shot in Winnetka, Illinois, and Evanston, Illinois, from September 1986 to December 1986. However, several scenes were shot directly in the Field Museum in Chicago, Illinois. Most of John Hughes's films either take place in Chicago or the suburbs of Chicago, or are about people going to or coming from Chicago.
Cathryn Damon died of ovarian cancer before the film's release, and thus appeared posthumously.
|She's Having a Baby|
|Soundtrack album by |
|Genre||Rock, new wave|
|Label||I.R.S. / MCA|
In the video for Dave Wakeling's title tune, he performs alongside a female backup singer; behind them, a huge screen displays various clips from the movie. All of this is alternated with footage of Wakeling as he shops at a music store for guitars.
- Track listing
- "She's Having a Baby" – Dave Wakeling
- "Haunted When the Minutes Drag" – Love and Rockets
- "Desire (Come and Get It)" – Gene Loves Jezebel
- "Happy Families" – XTC
- "Crazy Love" – Bryan Ferry
- "You Just Haven't Earned It Yet, Baby" – Kirsty MacColl
- "Apron Strings" – Everything but the Girl
- "This Woman's Work" – Kate Bush
- "It's All in the Game" – Carmel
- "Full of Love" – Dr. Calculus
The film received mixed reviews from critics and has 43% positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes based on 42 reviews. The site's consensus states: "Kevin Bacon and Elizabeth McGovern struggle to sustain a spark in She's Having a Baby, a blase adult romance that lacks the specificity and style of writer-director John Hughes' more successful forays into teenage angst." Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave She's Having a Baby a mixed 2 stars out of 4. He wrote that the film "begins with the simplest and most moving of stories and interrupts it with an amazing assortment of gimmicks," being salvaged only by strong performances from Bacon and McGovern.
In An Evening with Kevin Smith 2: Evening Harder director Kevin Smith cites She's Having a Baby as his favorite John Hughes film. He also cites it as a template for Jersey Girl, joking that both films were financially unsuccessful.
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