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Darcy, editor at her high school paper, and her long-term boyfriend Stan are in their last months of school and already have found places in good colleges. Recently they started to sleep with each other and, surprise, surprise, Darcy gets pregnant. Neither Darcy's mother, who was left by her husband and had to bring up Darcy alone, nor Stan's Catholic parents are very supportive and urge them to have an abortion or give up for adoption respectively. However Darcy's and Stan's love is so intense, they could imagine to have a baby, but this would mean to give up their college careers. Written by
Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>
With the two leading roles filled, the filmmakers turned their attention to casting the key supporting parts of Stan's and Darcy's parents. Just as Darcy's pregnancy imposes new realities on her and Stan, forcing them to grow, it is a jolt to their parents - who find themselves becoming grandparents long before they expected to. A number of the script's privileged moments belong to Mrs. Elliot and Mr. Bobrucz. The two choice roles went to Miriam Flynn, a former member of Chicago's "Second City" comedy troupe, and an actress with numerous film, television and theater credits, and Kenneth Mars, best remembered, perhaps, for his role as the unrepentant Nazi composer of "Springtime for Hitler" in Mel Brooks's zany _The Producers_. "I see Darcy's mother", said Flynn, "as someone who's trying to live through her daughter although from her point of view she's only doing what she thinks is best for her. While there's no question she loves Darcy, her love is misguided". Mars said: "Stan's father is a hard-working middle-class guy, something of a disciplinarian. But when he sees how difficult things are for the kids, he becomes supportive". See more »
How could you name our baby Theodosia?
We needed a name for a the birth certificate, I asked you what you wanted!
It sounds like a greek fishing boat, or a crater on the moon or something!
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I was expecting an 80s-type young couple comedy. Boy was I wrong. This is some serious stuff, like what happens after you get married to someone you think you're in love with. You don't really know what love is if you haven't known pain.
Ringwald gives a great performance, especially as she's going through post-partum depression. I didn't particularly like the camera work or the laconic script, but I did appreciate the work that went into the direction and the production. I thought the pacing was fantastic - it's not what you would expect and I was pleasantly surprised.
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