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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.

Director:

John G. Avildsen
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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From Backpacks to Strollers See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

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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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,839,790, 17 January 1988

Gross USA:

$17,514,553

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,514,553
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (HBO Print)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

How did director John G. Avildsen hope audiences will respond to this movie? Avildsen said: "I hope that they feel that they've been entertained and moved. Maybe they'll have a few laughs or shed a tear. I think it will remind them of things in their own life. But if you can really involve the audience in a story, then it's satisfying". See more »

Quotes

Darcy: God, why can't you just be my mother? Why can't you just crawl in bed with me right now and put your arms around me?
Donna Elliot: Well, just what is it you want?
Darcy: Just don't be my friend, okay?
Donna Elliot: But I am your friend.
Darcy: No, I don't want that. I can't. It comes with all these strings. When you're a mother, you just love somebody. That's it!
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Connections

Featured in At the Movies: They'll Do it Every Time: Part One (1989) See more »

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Not your average 80s movie
7 October 1999 | by stills-6See all my reviews

I was expecting an 80s-type young couple comedy. Boy was I wrong. This is some serious stuff, like what happens after you get married to someone you think you're in love with. You don't really know what love is if you haven't known pain.

Ringwald gives a great performance, especially as she's going through post-partum depression. I didn't particularly like the camera work or the laconic script, but I did appreciate the work that went into the direction and the production. I thought the pacing was fantastic - it's not what you would expect and I was pleasantly surprised.


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