She’s Having a Baby (1988)

She's Having a Baby (1988)

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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.

She’s Having a Baby is a 1988 American romantic comedy film directed by John Hughes and starring Kevin Bacon, Elizabeth McGovern, Alec Baldwin, James Ray, Holland Taylor, William Windom, Cathryn Damon, Reba McKinney, Paul Gleason and Dennis Dugan.

The film portrays a young newlywed couple, Kristy and Jake Briggs played by Elizabeth McGovern and Kevin Bacon, who try to cope with being married and what is expected of them by their parents. Jake must also deal with the fantasy woman of his dreams. The film is about traditional 1980s suburban life and the cultural expectations that come along with it.

To a large extent what Jake experiences could be described as a form of culture shock, with his best man Davis (Alec Baldwin) as a reminder of his former culture as a single man, and feeling alienated when he overhears his neighbors converse about mundane suburban topics. He feels he has left the culture of single men, and has entered the culture of a married man, and doesn’t appear to have a sense of belonging to either.

She's Having a Babyc Movie Poster (1988)

She’s Having a Baby (1988)

Directed by: John Hughes
Starring: Kevin Bacon, Elizabeth McGovern, Alec Baldwin, James Ray, Holland Taylor, William Windom, Cathryn Damon, Reba McKinney, Paul Gleason, Dennis Dugan
Screenplay by: John Hughes
Production Design by: John W. Corso
Cinematography by: Donald Peterman
Film Editing by: Alan Heim
Costume Design by: April Ferry
Set Decoration by: Jennifer Polito
Music by: Stewart Copeland
Distributed by: Paramount Pictures
Release Date: February 5, 1988