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She’s Having a Baby

She's Having a Baby is an oddly uneven and quasi-serious look into the angst of the early years of a contemporary marriage that parallels TV's thirtysomething. There are many comedic setups which, if they were with less architypically drawn characters, might have delivered the laughs with the refreshingly innocent joy that has been the hallmark of other John Hughes pics.

She’s Having a Baby is an oddly uneven and quasi-serious look into the angst of the early years of a contemporary marriage that parallels TV’s thirtysomething. There are many comedic setups which, if they were with less architypically drawn characters, might have delivered the laughs with the refreshingly innocent joy that has been the hallmark of other John Hughes pics.

In the lead role, Kevin Bacon is enthusiastic and believable, but even his energy can’t carry what boils down to a fairly limp story told from his p.o.v. about buying into the confortable suburban dream possibly before his time.

Bacon ties the knot with teenage sweetheart Kristy (Elizabeth McGovern) and begins to fantasize about what he’s going to be missing out on as a married man from the moment they take their vows. It soon becomes evident why Bacon is endlessly dreaming: take away his imaginings and his home life is dull indeed.

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For one thing, he’s got a stepford wife for a mate. McGovern is so uncomplicated and unabashedly adoring towards her husband, it gets one wondering what such a bright guy is doing with her. Bacon’s wayward buddy Davis (Alec Baldwin) shows up too infrequently to spar with his good chum and ruffle McGovern’s feathers by bringing along just the kind of girl she would loathe.

She’s Having a Baby

  • Production: Paramount. Director John Hughes; Producer John Hughes; Screenplay John Hughes; Camera Don Peterman; Editor Alan Heim; Music Stewart Copeland, Nicky Holland; Art Director John W. Corso
  • Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1988. Running time: 106 MIN.
  • With: Kevin Bacon Elizabeth McGovern Alec Baldwin Isabel Lorca William Windom Cathryn Damon
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