Jake and Kristy Briggs are newlyweds. Being young, they are perhaps a bit unprepared for the full reality of marriage and all that it (and their parents) expect from them…
Release Year: 1988
Rating: 5.5/10 (5,827 voted)
Stars: Kevin Bacon, Elizabeth McGovern, Alec Baldwin
Jake and Kristy Briggs are newlyweds. Being young, they are perhaps a bit unprepared for the full reality of marriage and all that it (and their parents) expect from them. Do they want babies? Their parents certainly want them to. Is married life all that there is? Things certainly aren't helped by Jake's friend Davis, who always seems to turn up just in time to put a spanner in the works.
Anthony Mockus Sr.
A comedy about the labours of love
Release Date: 5 February 1988
Filming Locations: 56 Salem Lane, Skokie, Illinois, USA
Opening Weekend: $3,827,520
(7 February 1988)
Did You Know?
Cathryn Damon's final role.
Crew or equipment visible:
When Jake kisses his wife goodbye, comes down the sidewalk, stumbles, and falls, a blue pad to protect his knees is clearly visible on the sidewalk.
[before Jake and Kristy's wedding]
He's too young and he's too immature. She's a golddigger.
There's little or no gold to be dug. He's plenty old and people don't mature anymore. They stay jackasses all their lives.
A Classic of the Era
I actually saw this film in the theaters (one of a handful of people in
the world, I believe). Most people weren't prepared for John Hughes to
break into more grown-up fare after his successful films about teens
(Ferris Bueller, Pretty in Pink, etc.), and this film's failure (along
with the failure of Planes, Trains, and Automobiles) forced Hughes into
making commercially successful but artistically bankrupt crap like Home
Although I was in college when the film came out, I instantly fell in
love with the story of this fictionalized version of Hughes own early
married life. Kevin Bacon did some of his best work in this film, and
Elizabeth McGovern is simply radiant as the "she" of the title. Alec
Balwdin is thin and disgusting as the "best friend" who has an
unrequited lust for his pal's wife.
Filled with surreal moments (which are par for the course today, in
shows like Scrubs) where Bacon's character imagines his response (or
the response of others) to various situations, several stand out. The
wonderful suburban lawnmower scene, the moment when he imagines his
in-laws giving sex advice ("Get your butt a little higher, Jake!"),
As a young father, I have felt everything Jake felt as they ventured
into parenthood. Fear, wonder, and a weird sense of losing your wife's
body to something you don't quite understand. And as funny as the film
is, it is also quite poignant at moments and full of heart.
The use of classic late 80's bands (a Hughes specialty) is excellent
and quite extensive. Gene Loves Jezebel, Love and Rockets, XTX, Bryan
Ferry, Everything But the Girl, and Kate Bush (whose song is used most
effectively to tug at heart strings) are all used to highlight, comment
on, and bring the story to life.
Highly recommended and easily Hughes' most heartfelt film.