John Hughes gained fame for his comedies geared towards teenagers in the 1980's, but as the 80's came to a close, he did make a couple of films that adults would find more of interest. First was "Planes, Trains and Automobiles", a classic comedy that provided a lot of laughs and great performances. Soon after was "She's Having A Baby", a lightweight comedy that centers around a newly married couple trying to make it in the world.
The couple is Jake(Kevin Bacon) and Kristi(Elizabeth McGovern), and "She's Having A Baby" plays a bit like a list of the obstacles that they have to overcome, from getting a place to live, to getting a job to finally, having a kid. The situations that Hughes dreams up and makes out of these events are often funny enough to get a smile, but not funny enough to grab big laughs, such as "Planes" was able to do often.
Still, the film's situations feel real, and the characters are down-to-earth and engaging. Although the jokes don't always work, the performances are good and many will probably be able to relate. Overall, not as good of a movie as it maybe could have been, or as successful as "Planes, Trains" was, but it still has its moments.
VIDEO: Paramount presents "She's Having A Baby" quite well - a 1.85:1 presentation that is also anamorphic. There's a bit of a soft look to the movie as it seems intentional, although not overdone by cinematographer Don Peterman, who I believe is now working often with Barry Sonnenfeld. Anyways, sharpness is generally fine, although again, the picture is a little soft with still good detail and clarity.
There are few problems with the image to speak of; there are a couple of very minor marks on the print used, but generally, the presentation is in very good condition considering it's now over 10 years old. I was also happy to see that the picture seemed free, with a couple of very minor exceptions, of shimmer or pixelation.
Colors are not terribly stunning, but there are a few instances of bolder colors that look pleasing. Otherwise, this isn't a bad presentation at all - a little soft at times, a few minor problems, but overall, pretty good.
SOUND: "She's Having A Baby" is presented in a new Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack that sounds pretty good. The perky musical score is offered very well from the front. The surrounds are mostly silent, except for a couple of effects and sometimes the score. The majority of the movie is dialogue-driven, and dialogue is generally clear and clean sounding. Nothing remarkable, but a fine presentation of the material involved.
MENUS:: Menus are non-animated, with very basic images serving as backgrounds.
EXTRAS: The trailer.
Final Thoughts: Although it's unfortunate the DVD is a few steps away from featureless, fans of the film will be pleased that it's finally available. For them, the DVD is recommended. If you haven't seen the movie, you might want to check the DVD out as a rental first.