Labor Pains (2009)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  19 June 2009 (Romania)
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A young woman pretends to be pregnant in order to avoid being fired from her job. When that gets her special treatment by everyone involved in her life, she tries to keep up the lie for nine months.



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Thea Clayhill is the reckless secretary of arrogant publisher Jerry Steinwald. When Jerry fires her having had an accident with his beloved dog, Thea lies and tells him that she is four-months pregnant. Thea lost her parents in a car accident and raises her younger sister Emma alone and can not afford to lose her job. Jerry goes on vacation to be with his dog and his brother Nick Steinwald assumes his position. Thea decides to fake her pregnancy for more time with the support of her friend Lisa. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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19 June 2009 (Romania)  »

Also Known As:

Casi embarazada  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

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Originally made for cinema, but later released as a television movie. See more »


When Thea and Lisa were in the bathroom smoking and talking about their boss, just before their boss throws open the door Lisa is holding the cigarette, when the camera comes back not even a half a second later Thea is holding the cigarette. See more »


Greg: Congratulations, Thea.
Thea Clayhill: Thank you, Greg.
Greg: You really think you can get to the top by playing games, don't cha? I know what you're up to, Thea. And I think that it stinks. It super stinks.
Lisa DePardo: Hm.
Thea Clayhill: Well, really? Do you think that it stinks that I wanna hire you to be my assistant?
Greg: Really?
Thea Clayhill: You'll start first thing Monday after I put the paperwork through.
Greg: Oh wow, Thea. Thea, thank you so much. I- I could kiss you right now.
Thea Clayhill: You don't have to do that.
Greg: I'll see you later, boss.
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Referenced in Entourage: Security Briefs (2009) See more »


Goin Under
Written by Creed Bratton, Jon Tiven, and Don Pedigo
Performed by Creed Bratton
Published by Kindred Music (BMI), Uncontrolled Compositions (BMI), and Work With Me Music (BMI)
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Milennium Pictures should stick with action movies
14 July 2010 | by (Victoria, BC) – See all my reviews

In a bizarre change of pace, direct-to-video action kings Millennium Pictures made this strange little movie. The plot is ripped off from the French movie "The Closet" - in that film, a man pretended he was gay so he wouldn't get fired, and in this film, Lohan pretends she's pregnant so she won't lose her job. It still could have been funny, being able to go off in different directions, but it falls flat. It was obviously shot on a limited budget and hastily filmed. Lohan is badly photographed and seems to have been without makeup. (And her character doesn't come across as a likable person.) You get to see the shadows of camera equipment TWICE. There seems to be footage missing or that was not filmed - Lohan's boyfriend, for example, is introduced in the opening minutes, and is not seen again for a half hour! (And we never see her talking to him about her scheme.) It's also never explained why Lohan for the longest time keeps her sister in the dark about what she's doing. But the worst thing about the movie is that it's not very funny. It's surprisingly low-key, when it should have been zanier. I didn't laugh once, chuckle once, or even smile once at any of the script's situations and dialogue. Maybe I'm not the audience for this movie - it seems aimed at women - but I think its true audience will be as disappointed with this movie as I am.

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