She’s Having a Baby

“And in the end, I realized that I took more than I gave, I was trusted more than I trusted, and I was loved more than I loved. And what I was looking for was not to be found… but to be made.”

Everyone grows up eventually.

After ruling the early-to-mid 80s with a string of teenage-themed classics like The Breakfast Club and Pretty in Pink, John Hughes gave us his first ‘adult’ film in 1987, with Planes, Trains & Automobiles. But even though it starred grownups, PTA didn’t really tackle any ‘adult’ issues. It wasn’t until a year later that we got Hughes’ first real glimpse of adulthood, with She’s Having a Baby.

Kevin Bacon and Elizabeth McGovern are newlyweds Jake and Kristy Briggs, and together we ride along with them as they juggle suburbia, skeezy friends (including a young Alec Baldwin), pregnancy, temptation, and finally, parenthood.

It’s vintage Hughes- part drama and part comedy, part real life and part surreal goofiness. It’s easily the most underrated and forgotten of his flicks, but it also has some of his most priceless moments. Remember the in-laws (complete with helmet lamps) coaching the newlyweds in the bedroom? How about the synchronized lawnmower ballet? And then there’s arguably the best three-and-a-half minutes of any John Hughes movie ever. The childbirth scene set to Kate Bush’s “This Woman’s Work”:

Wrap it all up with those brilliant closing credits, as stars of movies, music, sports, and TV all suggest names for the newborn Briggs baby, and you got yourself a quality 80s flick.

She’s Having a Baby bombed at the box office, making just over $16M and not even finishing the year in the top 50. Fortunately, we kids of the 80s have gone on to appreciate it for all that it has to offer.

Guess we just needed to grow up a little.

We ♥ She’s Having a Baby.


~ by weheart80s on July 11, 2011.

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