She's Having a Baby [VHS]
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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Nine Months a decade later does a better job capturing that self-doubting of fatherhood than this did. And the Steve Martin movie Parenthood gave us multiple viewpoints of what parenthood was in a more well rounded movie. In the end I think this was an OK movie. If you like John Hughes' earlier movies I'd stick with those. If you prefer his later attempts then this middling movie will serve its purpose.
We open at their wedding. Kevin Bacon’s character, Jake Briggs, has cold feet. Alec Baldwin plays his best friend, Davis, who is constantly trying to remind Jake of the free life he could be living if he wasn’t tied down with the ol’ ball and chain. He tells him they could leave now and forget the whole thing, just say the word! Jake truly loves Kristi (Elizabeth McGovern) though, and ultimately chooses a life with her over the bachelorhood that Davis represents. Jake knows that the life of a bachelor is not all that it’s cracked up to be, and that “there’s more to life than getting laid.”
Kristi is, natch, the more mature person in the relationship. This is never more evident than when she and Jake make a last-ditch attempt to go “clubbing,” only to realize that they have outgrown it. When Jake leaves to go to the bathroom, someone tries to ask Kristi out, but we can tell from her body language that she says no because she is happily married. Jake, on the other hand, is fighting temptation after a pretty blonde with a foreign accent has been flirting with him all night.
Jake tries to secure a job that will pay him enough money so that he can support himself and Kristi while trying to pursue his true dream of being a writer in his spare time. After he has been working for a while, Kristi decides that she is ready for a family without consulting Jake first, which leads to some hilarious scenes that play out in Jake’s imagination. Though, Jake’s love for his wife and unborn child is truly tested when complications arise during the delivery, a moment that is perfectly scored with the heartbreak that is Kate Bush’s “This Woman’s Work.”
Ultimately, this film perfectly demonstrates the inner workings of a relationship, from marriage to children, and even the outside influences that try to bring both down. Young, married couples can relate to the financial woes, in-law-related stress, and temptation to stray – all factors that ultimately test the strength of that brand new bond. These two make a typical “cute couple,” and we’re pulling for them to succeed.
for Kristi. Kristi stops taking her birth control pills. Both sets of parents push the issue of a grand child. Doctor visits,
fertility doctor, and married life good as well as bad. Jake has these daydream visions of is this what my life is going to be like from now on. When Kristi tells Jake she is pregnant film follows this story until the end. Great film all the up and down a marriage goes through.
Maybe it gets good but it's unwatchable in the meantime.
It runs clunky stereotypes and makes fun of running clunky stereotypes about relationships.
Whereas what I want in a romantic comedy is opposites starting antagonistic and then finding that opposites fit.
Failing that, some interesting difficulty.
This one doesn't seem to supply it.
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