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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 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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Comedy | Drama | Romance


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English | French

Release Date:

15 January 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Maybe Baby See more »

Filming Locations:

Madison, Wisconsin, USA See more »


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1.85 : 1
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When the production team arrived in Winnipeg in Canada, they were happy to see the city covered by a blanket of fresh snow. Unfortunately, as filming began, the city suddenly experienced a freak heat spell, with temperatures rising to levels unseen in a hundred years. As the snow melted, trucks were dispatched to fields on the outskirts of town, transporting over a hundred tons of fresh snow to replenish the set. Winnipeg locals in their shorts and summer dresses were fascinated by the heavy labor that goes into creating Hollywood magic, as Christmas scenes were photographed in the midst of the heat wave. Producer Walter Coblenz noted: "Just another day's work, bringing snow to Canada". See more »


Darcy: How could you name our baby Theodosia?
Stan: We needed a name for a the birth certificate, I asked you what you wanted!
Darcy: It sounds like a greek fishing boat, or a crater on the moon or something!
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Well-intentioned yet LAME!
9 July 2002 | by what theSee all my reviews

For Keeps is a movie with good intentions yet I found it to be obvious and lame. The script does not sound the way that real people talk- it sounded very much like the way middle-age people think teenagers talk. The characters seemed too cliched to really have an impact.

And what was wrong with Molly Ringwald? She was so real and interesting as an actress in Pretty in Pink and Sixteen Candles, and so dull and uninteresting here. I don't want to sound like a grouch, but For Keeps just seemed poorly made. The characters were simplistic and shrill - especially the parents. "Stretch marks are the badge of a real woman!" bellowed the dad. Puleease, I used to teach middle and high school, my students would not buy these characters for a minute. They just seemed false and overly stereotypical. I was in high school in 1988 when this came out and I did not buy it either. Real people are much more complex and interesting. Teen pregnancy is a potentially rich subject for a film, the teens who could benefit from a well-done movie about it. A disappointing 4 out of 10 for this well-intentioned mess.

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