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She's Having a Baby
An aspiring writer faces up to the responsibilities of marriage and family in this romantic comedy from writer, director, and producer John Hughes. Despite the misgivings he pours out to best friend Davis McDonald (Alec Baldwin), Jake Briggs (Kevin Bacon) marries high-school sweetheart Kristy (Elizabeth McGovern). After an abortive attempt at graduate school in New Mexico, the couple settles in suburban Chicago. Jake fakes his way into a job as an advertising copywriter, while Kristy settles into her own corporate job. The couple faces the typical ups and downs of any new marriage, especially… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 34%

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"If She's Having a Baby were a funnier movie, if the fights were more cleverly written and Bacon and McGovern played them more deftly and lightly, it wouldn't have that unpleasant edge -- seesawing between romance and paranoia."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Los Angeles Times
"She's Having a Baby wants to be everyone's story, but its hollowness makes it no one's."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Tribune
"This plodding drama may have its heart in the right place but, along side a gaggle of similar angst-ridden Hughes dramas of the period, fails to stand out amongst the crowd."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"Hughes instead falls back on the easy jokes, hip music, and superficial character studies that have obscured the basic viability of all his work."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Director John Hughes tries his best to give everything a sparky, pacey feel, but the end result is simply just not funny enough."
‑ Sue Heal, Radio Times
"[The film] assumes that boys will be boys but that the mystical act of fatherhood will make a man of you. Trouble with She's Having a Baby is, Hughes believes this without feeling obliged to develop it dramatically."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"McGovern manages to fare better with the cliches thrown at her than Bacon does; but neither has a prayer of scoring at a game whose rules and players might have been dreamed up by a computer."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Director Hughes' effort to follow his teenagers into adulthood only results in cardboard cut-outs."
‑ , Film4
"Hughes is simply doing what they tell you the first day of creative writing class: write about what you know. And he's doing it with both craft and a good deal of emotional honesty."
‑ Ben Yagoda, Philadelphia Daily News
"So very little works in She's Having a Baby that it's easiest just to grouse on how petty and little-minded and pro-conformity it is."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"It's a measure of how little maneuvering room the movie leaves its performers that a lovely, sensitive actress like Elizabeth McGovern makes virtually no impression."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"Bacon`s character is such a chronic complainer than we wonder why McGovern doesn't dump him."
‑ Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
"As for Bacon and McGovern, it`s sad to see these usually energetic performers labor through a tired script, rarely getting a chance to deliver."
‑ Juan Carlos Coto, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Like the couple he chronicles, Hughes seems to be profiting from the maturation process."
‑ , People Magazine
"A rare failure from filmmaker John Hughes..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
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