Having Babies

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  • 1978
  • 1 hr 36 min
  • 6.1  (32)

'Having Babies' is a 1978 comedy-drama movie that explores the joys, challenges, and anxieties of becoming a parent for the first time. Directed by John Derek, the movie stars Kathleen Beller as Marisa, a young woman who dreams of starting a family with her husband Brian, played by Ted Danson. They are joined by a talented cast of actors, including Patty Duke, Phil Foster, Barbara Rush, Richard Anderson, and Audrey Landers.

The movie follows the journey of several couples who seek guidance and support from a group of childbirth educators, played by Duke and Foster. The educators provide much-needed advice, emotional support, and humor as the couples navigate pregnancy, childbirth, and parenthood.

Marisa and Brian are the central couple of the story. They have been married for a few years and decide to have a baby. The movie shows their journey from the time they make the decision to have a child to the delivery of their baby. Along the way, they face several challenges, including concerns about fertility, pregnancy complications, and the fear of not being good parents.

The other couples in the movie include a middle-aged couple who already have three grown children but decide to try for one more, a young couple who face unexpected complications during the pregnancy, and a couple who have struggled with infertility and seek alternative methods of conceiving.

The movie combines drama, comedy, and romance to provide a realistic and heartfelt portrayal of the ups and downs of childbirth and parenthood. The script, written by Pamela Wallace and Earl W. Wallace, captures the essence of the emotional journey that couples go through during this life-changing experience.

The performances of the actors are commendable. Kathleen Beller shines in her role as Marisa, capturing the emotional turmoil of a woman facing the uncertainties of pregnancy and childbirth. Patty Duke and Phil Foster provide heartfelt performances as the childbirth educators, who offer their wisdom and expertise with warmth and humor.

The movie also deals with the issue of gender roles in parenthood, as Marisa struggles with the expectations placed on her as a wife and mother. She grapples with the fear of losing her identity and dreams as she embraces her role as a parent. These themes are explored with sensitivity and respect, making the movie a refreshing and thoughtful take on the complexities of parenthood.

The cinematography, by Laszlo Kovacs, is exquisite, capturing the beauty and pain of childbirth with grace and sensitivity. The movie's soundtrack, composed by Charles Fox, adds to the emotional depth of the story.

Overall, 'Having Babies' is a charming and touching movie that explores the universal human experience of becoming a parent. The movie is filled with warmth, heart, and humor, making it a must-watch for anyone who has gone through, or is planning to go through, the journey of parenthood.

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    1 hr 36 min
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  • IMDB Rating
    6.1  (32)