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She's Having A Baby
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by Charles Tatum

"My one sided twenty year love affair with Elizabeth McGovern continues..."
5 stars

John Hughes opted to leave the teen angst of the mid 80's and made a film about grown-ups. This film scores as many universal truths as "Sixteen Candles" did.

Maybe because I married three days after my twenty fourth birthday to my twenty year old girlfriend. Maybe because we waited five years to have our first baby. Maybe because my now ex-wife had complications with both our children. Maybe because I always fancied myself a writer, and life was temporary until I scored that first sale. All of these ingredients combined to make this light comedy close to my heart.

There is not really a plot here as there is a series of vignettes that many newly married couples go through. Jake (Kevin Bacon) and Kristy (Elizabeth McGovern) met in high school, and got married young. Davis (Alec Baldwin), Jake's best friend, continues sowing his wild oats and pining for Kristy. Jake and Kristy have incredibly awful parents-in-law, highlighted by Kristy's father Russ (William Windom), an almost evil man (thankfully, my ex-father-in-law is a saint). Jake has doubts about his choice when a girl keeps turning up in his life and dreams. Davis makes a sad pass at Kristy during a visit. Kristy stops taking her birth control pills without telling Jake, and she gets pregnant. Jake narrates the film, voicing his insecurities over his life after he backs into an advertising copywrighting job while still writing his great American novel. Complications ensue during Kristy's delivery, and Jake must reevaluate everything.

Bacon and McGovern have an incredible chemistry, and look the parts. Hughes throws in some very funny scenes- including a block party populated by every annoying neighbor you have ever had. The film moves quickly, but has a lot to say about young married life.

Unlike Jake and Kristy, my wife and I divorced. But I have two great kids, and I still hold onto my dream of finishing something and selling it, resulting in my two weeks notice on my overnight job at Target.

"She's Having a Baby" is very funny and very true. I completely bought the concept because I lived the concept.

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originally posted: 05/26/03 19:09:19
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User Comments

6/11/17 Anne Selby Something to look at and think about! 3 stars
7/24/06 Lilly hilarious 5 stars
12/13/05 Indrid Cold Alternatively unfunny and melodramatic, but I suppose it's not terrible. 3 stars
8/02/05 Danette kortte A true work of art..one of my favorite films of all time 5 stars
7/31/05 Jeff Anderson A wonderful change of pace from Hughes. Valerie Breiman as Baldwin's sleazy GF steals it! 5 stars
11/01/03 May Q. Horney What you guys snortin? I was never so bored in a movie before this one! 1 stars
7/19/03 Tara Martin The Best!!! 5 stars
5/30/03 Kathy Ramsey A woefully underrated, sweet, and very funny film. Don't miss the closing credits. 5 stars
5/26/03 Jack Sommersby "College is nothing but high school with ash trays". Icky film, though. 2 stars
5/26/03 Charles Tatum Very funny and McGovern is a vision 5 stars
4/14/03 ASH Excellente; magnifico bella! 5 stars
3/07/03 y2mckay Amore adult-geared John Hughes comedy. Bacon and Mcgovern make a cute couple. 4 stars
6/25/00 Joel L. What some men feel going through the early stages of marriage. 5 stars
6/16/99 Ben Walser A Very Good John Hughes Movie 4 stars
9/29/98 {{{OZ}}} Forced to watch this twice by an ex who adored it. I didn't. 3 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  02-Feb-1988 (PG-13)
  DVD: 21-Nov-2000

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Directed by
  John Hughes

Written by
  John Hughes

Cast
  Kevin Bacon
  Elizabeth McGovern
  Alec Baldwin
  James Ray
  Holland Taylor
  William Windom



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