She's Having a Baby (1988) - Rotten Tomatoes

She's Having a Baby1988

She's Having a Baby (1988)



Critic Consensus: Kevin Bacon and Elizabeth McGovern struggle to sustain a spark in She's Having a Baby, a blasé adult romance that lacks the specificity and style of writer-director John Hughes' more successful forays into teenage angst.

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In this John Hughes film, newlyweds Jake (Kevin Bacon) and Kristy (Elizabeth McGovern) Briggs struggle through their new roles as man and wife, until they decide they want to have a baby. When they experience difficulty in conceiving, the Briggs must subject themselves to a series of very unromantic procedures. With Kristy finally pregnant, Jake begins to feel trapped in his new family role and starts to suffer the effects of doubt and temptation.

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Kevin Bacon
as Jake Briggs
Elizabeth McGovern
as Kristy Briggs
Alec Baldwin
as Davis McDonald
William Windom
as Russ Bainbridge
Cathryn Damon
as Gayle Bainbridge
Holland Taylor
as Sarah Briggs
James Ray
as Jim Briggs
Isabel Lorca
as Fantasy Girl
Bill Erwin
as Grandfather
Reba McKinney
as Grandmother
Steve Tannen
as Man with Bike
Al Leong
as Photographer
Lili Taylor
as Girl at Medical Lab
Sherry Narens
as Nurse at Medical Lab
Kellye Nakahara
as Nurse at Hospital
Cindy Pickett
as Suggesting baby names (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for She's Having a Baby

All Critics (42) | Top Critics (14)

Hughes has supplied some bright, even brilliant touches in dealing with the traditional cliches.

April 2, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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.

June 4, 2014 | Full Review…

By turns amusing and exasperating, it takes its time getting to the "Life is what you make it" point, but it's sweet.

June 4, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

[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.

June 4, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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.

June 4, 2014

She's Having a Baby wants to be everyone's story, but its hollowness makes it no one's.

June 4, 2014 | Rating: 2/4

Audience Reviews for She's Having a Baby


The title event doesn't even happen until forty minutes into the movie. Elizabeth McGovern is criminally one-note as a criminally underwritten shrew. Kristy and Jake's relationship arc is borderline nonexistent. How did they fall for each other in the first place, and are we to believe that a baby will infuse purpose in this surface love story? Kevin Bacon plays quarter-life-crisis with stunned anxiety, and the using newspaper to plan out where furniture goes is rather clever, but the movie is a bore and a half.

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

Really good, despite weak. Don't appear to be a John Hughes's film.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

Hughes writes and directs this comedy drama of a young married couple. It is mostly dramatic, but it does have a good amount of humour throughout the film, which makes it really enjoyable. It's a good film.

Aj V
Aj V

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