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She's Having a Baby [VHS] (1988)

Kevin Bacon , Elizabeth McGovern , John Hughes  |  PG-13 |  VHS Tape
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (159 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kevin Bacon, Elizabeth McGovern, Alec Baldwin, James Ray, Holland Taylor
  • Directors: John Hughes
  • Writers: John Hughes
  • Producers: John Hughes, Ronald Colby, William H. Brown
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Paramount
  • VHS Release Date: January 1, 1998
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (159 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6300988996
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #464,574 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Having delved repeatedly into the world of teenage joys and sorrows, from Sixteen Candles to Ferris Bueller's Day Off, writer-director John Hughes took a step into adulthood (or some facsimile of it) with She's Having a Baby. Peppered with whimsical asides and busy voice-over observations, the movie is shamelessly fun to watch, even if it doesn't add up to anything especially profound. Kevin Bacon and Elizabeth McGovern are newlyweds struggling through the tribulations of a youthful marriage. Along with the usual uncertainties, Bacon is sacrificing his dreams of becoming a writer to work in an ad agency, and his best supposed pal (Alec Baldwin, just before stardom) tries to seduce his wife. Hughes may have been reflecting on his own past job in advertising, and maybe that explains why the movie plays like a superficial, if entertaining, TV commercial. --Robert Horton

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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally on DVD! (Soundtrack Information Below) June 12, 2001
She's Having A Baby has always been a favorite movie of mine. Alas, I didn't see it in theaters but got it on video and wore my copy out from repeat viewings. Finally the DVD has arrived, but with the exception of a trailer there's nothing as far as Special Features, which is pretty disappointing. The film is letterboxed to it's proper 1.85:1 aspect ratio and looks just great. The sound is also good. Would've liked a John Hughes audio commentary like the one he did for the Ferris Bueller's Day Off DVD, but no such luck.
As for the movie itself, I think it's wonderful. A sweet and honest interpretation of growing up into adulthood and living with the decisions that you make. Since Kevin Bacon plays a writer named Jefforson (Jake) Briggs, we get to view his imagination thru certain scenes when he's sort of daydreaming, that come across very comically (like the lawnmower ballet). My favorite is when Kristi (Elizabeth McGovern) tells him "I stopped taking the pill three months ago", to which he sits up and starts screaming, imagining himself on a fastmoving traincar in a straitjacket, crashing into a brick wall. If those visuals don't explain his anxiety I don't know what would. That's the fun of the movie.
Everyone's talking about the wonderful Soundtrack that is out of print. This is because it was owned by I.R.S. Records and they went out of business many years ago and no one has bothered to pick up the rights to reissue it. I feel lucky, since I bought it on cassette and CD back in the early 90s. But if you really want to find one I suggest you try an online auction house such as ebay. They always have copies of the soundtrack to sell.
I always feel cheated when I buy a Paramount DVD because they are so expensive and usually only have a trailer as a bonus.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My all time favorite romantic movie September 7, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
This is the the sweetest, most touching romance movie that I personally have ever seen. Contained within this comedy-romance are some profound truths about men, women and relationships that I have never seen talked about in any other movie in such a dead-on way.
Christie's 3 or 4 sentence explination of why she won't cheat on her husband contains more truth than I have ever seen in a movie about why you don't cheat on your mate. Many marriages would not end in divorce if the people in them understood what Christy demonstrates in this film.
This is a movie which I feel does a near-perfect job of conveying what is really important in life. I think every married couple should see it. This video could be better marriage therapy than counseling. While there are a few corny jokes in the movie, they don't get in the way of what is really trying to be conveyed: That when you find that one special person, you hold on and never let go. That there is more satisfaction than many people imagine in an 'ordinary life,' and that true love really is worth it.
The most wonderful romance movie I have ever seen.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The reality of my life March 13, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
She's having a baby, is a story in which I find myself completely consumed. I can honestly say that it is the story, that I would compare my own life to. I could watch it over and over, and still cry at the end. I cry, because, like myself, kevin bacon seemed to feel trapped, by love. He wanted to be married, and he loved his wife, but he felt he was missing out on "life" outside the realm of marriage. In the end, he really was running from reality. The reality in which all of us have to face. We make our own decisions, but when it comes time to live out the decision we made, it isn't so easy. Fear kept him from happiness, at first, then he learned ,that what was most important to him, was the exact thing he feared. Commitment. We all are committed, in one way or another, commit yourself to whatever makes you the happiest, and don't let others dissuede you from your hearts desire. This movie is..The reality of MY life.I love it, the music was perfect for every scene.thank you...Sincerely,Donna Garbus3/13/01
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Married Life January 17, 2001
She's Having A Baby was director John Hughes' first attempt an "adult" comedy. Although he was the screenwriter on several movies that concentrated on adults, he had only directed the Brat Pack classics that focused on teenage life. The movie is told from the point of view (and narrated) by Jake Briggs who is charmingly played by Kevin Bacon. He is a would be writer who seems to get stuck in a life and career that he's not sure he wants. The film starts off with his marriage to Christie and follows them through the travails of married life and the fact that we all have to grow up and take on the responsibilities of adulthood. Christie is played delightfully by Elizabeth McGovern. She adds the right amount of compassion and caring to role. Jake's best friend Davis (played by Alec Baldwin) is still living the wild life and he tries to convince Jake that Christie is holding him back. In the end, Jake realizes that the life he has is special and that his wife and new baby are more important than anything else. The film contains alot funny site gags, like a lawn mower ballet dream sequence and the leads make a believable couple. The birth sequence near the end is a way too melodramatic and shamelessly tries to pull at your heartstrings. Overall, it is a very enjoyable and funny movie.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story good film
One the top 1980s films for me.....I am fairly new to this film but I like it a lot......definitely one to be added to any dvd collection
Published 16 days ago by Joshua W
4.0 out of 5 stars thats so true of young love
great show a little slow at first and adding the day dreaming that he did makes ya wonder about the male brain
Published 1 month ago by Catherine Whitaker
1.0 out of 5 stars My wife loved this movie
Easily one of the worst and most boring movies I have ever watched. My wife had fond memories of it and still pretends to like it, but it is plain awful. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jeff Otterby
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Enjoyable
I just really enjoyed this film it had some laughs and also a bit of crying. Just keep a kleenex handy.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars A good movie.
If you grew up in the 80's like I did you will enjoy this movie. It is a movie about the joys of marriage.
Published 2 months ago by Jacob Crampton
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
It is great to see Lady Grantham in one of her earlier American situations. Bravo to Kevin Bacon for always bringing home the Bacon!
Published 2 months ago by charles a.
1.0 out of 5 stars Found it boring
I found it boring and only watched about 20 min. Could not hold my interest. Oh well plenty more to choose from.
Published 2 months ago by Debra Sandler
4.0 out of 5 stars Blast from the Past!
It was fun seeing how we dressed back in the eighties. I was also interesting to see how acceptable it was to smoke.
Published 2 months ago by Celeste Horner
1.0 out of 5 stars too much profanity, etc
we watched the first few minutes, but there was so much profanity and garbage in that first few minutes that we turned it off
Published 2 months ago by L. McFarland
5.0 out of 5 stars Still resonates
This is a favorite from years ago; timeless love story. Good soundtrack, Kevin Bacon plays his role convincingly. Worth watching.
Published 2 months ago by Catherine Karrels
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