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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
... Nick Steinwald
... Jerry Steinwald
... Miles
... Emma Clayhill
... Kristin
... Greg
... Suzi Cavandish
... Lisa DePardo
... John Abbotts
... Claire the Vista Host
... Pregnant Bookstore Woman
... Umpire
Jack Axelrod ... O'Keefe
... Pretty Woman
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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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Comedy | Romance

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

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Originally made for cinema, but later released as a television movie.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

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When Thea is at the birthing class, Nick is sitting behind her in the beginning and then the camera switches to the back, and he is not sitting with her. But when it returns to the front, he is there again. See more »

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Thea Clayhill: ...No, I didn't finish college.
Nick: Oh, why not? Too boring? Not 'Joan Jett' enough for you?
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Referenced in The Simpsons: Labor Pains (2013) See more »

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40 Winks
Written by Marla and Tone
Performed by Marla
Produced by Tone
Published by Toneality Publishing (ASCAP), Cobber Jack Music (ASCAP)
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Low-budget winner, for romcom fans; Lohan is funny and sweet, Hines is also very comedic
25 February 2010 | by See all my reviews

Thea (Lindsay Lohan) has been dealt a bad hand in the game of life, recently. After her parents were killed in an auto crash, she was forced to quit college and take charge of her high school aged sister. Since she lives in the Los Angeles area, expenses are high and it is a struggle. Thea slaves away at a relatively low-paying job as a personal assistant to a neurotic publisher. Her only allies and confidants are an associate publisher, Lisa (Cheryl Hines) and a goofy boyfriend, Miles (Aaron Yoo). But, one day, the boss' cherished pooch has an accident and the publisher leaves town to take the doggy to a hotshot clinic for therapy. Blaming Thea, he tries to give her the axe for the canine's troubles. But, thinking quickly, Thea declares that she is pregnant and, according to law, an expectant mother can't be fired during the duration. Bossman leaves in a huff. Taking over is his younger brother, Nick (Luke Kirby) who is much better at making decisions about books and sales. He also recognizes that Thea has a talent for publishing and, due to her condition, will make an excellent choice for editing a new tome on pregnancy he wants to present. Thea gets a raise and a new assignment. But, will everything fall apart when the firm realizes she's not expecting? And, does Thea have "eyes" for her new boss? This was quite a pleasant little film, made more worthwhile by the appearances of Lohan and Hines. For all her bad publicity, Lohan is a genuinely comic performer, with a dose of innocence and sweetness lacking in many other actresses her age. She does fine work here and is a joy to watch. Hines, on the other hand, is excellent at black humor and she contributes a big helping of comic edginess. The rest of the cast, mostly unknowns, are very nice, too. The settings, costumes, and production values are average, as befits a low-budget flick. Especially lacking was money for a good hair stylist, for Lohan's tresses are a messy tangle. Nevertheless, this movie is a good way to relax and have some fun after work hours. Romcom fans, take note.


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