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For Keeps? (1988)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 15 January 1988 (USA)
After she gets pregnant, a teenage girl must decide whether she should keep the baby or not.


John G. Avildsen

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Molly Ringwald ... Darcy Elliot Bobrucz
Randall Batinkoff ... Stan Bobrucz
Kenneth Mars ... Mr. Bobrucz
Miriam Flynn ... Donna Elliot
Conchata Ferrell ... Mrs. Bobrucz
Sharon Brown ... Lila
John Zarchen ... Chris
Pauly Shore ... Retro
Michelle Downey Michelle Downey ... Michaela
Patricia Barry ... Adoption Official
Janet MacLachlan ... Miss Giles
Jaclyn Bernstein ... Mary Bobrucz
Matthew Licht Matthew Licht ... Lou Bobrucz
Renée Estevez ... Marnie
Darcy DeMoss ... Elaine


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>

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They have their plans. They have each other. And a little something they weren't expecting. See more »


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15 January 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Maybe Baby See more »

Filming Locations:

Madison, Wisconsin, USA See more »


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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 »


Darcy: [going to the prom] Stan, it took me ten minutes to get out of the car. How am I going to make it on the dance floor?
Stan: Simple, I rented a forklift.
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Three different movies
12 July 2000 | by badgirl9See all my reviews

When I sat down to watch this movie, I expected a version of "She's having a baby" But, instead the film started off like a typical "parents-just-don't-understand" flick. Darcy and Stan are madly in love, she gets pregnant, parents tell her to get abortion, Darcy and Stan run off and elope. It was so wonderful watching them deal with the responsibility of marriage and children. FILM 2: After the baby is born, Darcy encounters severe post pardum depression and Stan falls madly in love. The families turn sweat. Even here, the film excels on teenage pregnancy. FILM 3: they are dead broke and can't afford anything causing a teenage "About last night.." They fight, they breakup, they fight, etc. in a cycle. I recommend this if you have time to kill.

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