Jim Briggs

She's Having a Baby

She's Having a Baby is an American movie, released in 1988, which was directed by John Hughes.

The movie portrays a young newlywed couple, Kristy and Jake Briggs played by Elizabeth McGovern and Kevin Bacon, who try to cope with being married and what is expected of them by their parents. Jake must also deal with the fantasy woman of his dreams. The film is largely a parody of traditional 1980s suburban life and the cultural expectations that come along with it.


The movie got 47% positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, and was alternately panned and praised by critics.

In An Evening With Kevin Smith 2: Evening Harder director Kevin Smith cites She's Having a Baby as his favorite John Hughes movie. He also cites it as a template for Jersey Girl, joking that both movies were financially unsuccessful.


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Cast Background

  • Filmed at the same time as Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. Kevin Bacon has a cameo in Planes, Trains, and Automobiles trying to get a taxi from Steve Martin. There is a scene in Planes, Trains, and Automobiles where Steve Martin's wife is watching television in her bedroom and although you can't see the image, the audio is from the bedroom fight sequence of She's Having A Baby.
  • In the black and white fantasy scene where Jake's grandfather says "you'll never end up working on a loading dock", the young Jake is played by Neal Bacon, Kevin Bacon's younger brother who was five years old at the time.


Behind The Scenes

  • The film was shot in Winnetka, IL and Chicago. Most John Hughes's films either take place in Chicago, in the suburbs of Chicago, or are about people going to or coming from Chicago.
  • The lawnmower dance scene was shot in a rather small subdivision in Skokie, Illinois named "New England Village." The houses used during that sequence and the ones leading up to it remain much the same as they did. The house used is also still in much the same condition. The neighborhood is a small circular subdivision, and the movie was shot close to the middle. The residents living there were not allowed to move their cars for the duration of the shooting.
  • During the end credits there are several actor cameos naming the baby. Most of these are taken from actors in other John Hughes films and projects shot on the Paramount lot during that time (Cheers & Star Trek: The Next Generation).
  • During the Lawnmower Dance scene, in the beginning there is an Irish flag, placed there by a resident, clearly mounted on one of the houses in the background. The flag disappears about halfway through the scene.

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