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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>
Working with casting director Caro Jones, director John G. Avildsen auditioned over 250 young men, ranging from the widely known to the barely known, in the search for the ideal actor to play Stan opposite Molly Ringwald's Darcy. The process continued until the weekend before the start of production, when the final candidates were screen-tested with Ringwald. In the end, a relatively new face, Randall Batinkoff, was cast in the pivotal role. Avildsen explained: "Having someone new can help a lot in a story. "I saw it happen for the first time in Joe (1970) with Peter Boyle, whom nobody had seen before. It worked in much the same way with Rocky (1976) and Sylvester Stallone, and once again in "The Karate Kid" movies, with Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita. But the biggest thing in Randall's favor was his talent. He had a freshness, a sense of humor, and a spontaneity that I found very engaging". See more »
[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?
Simple, I rented a forklift.
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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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