Release year: 1988
Director: John G. Avildsen
Screenwriter: Tim Kazurinsky, Denise DeClue
Starring: Molly Ringwald, Randall Batinkoff, Kenneth Mars, Miriam Flynn, Conchata Ferrell, Sharon Brown, John Azrchen
Darcy (Ringwald) and Stan (Batinkoff) is one of those young couples who seems meant to be forever. But when Darcy gets pregnant in the final year of high school, their love is put to test.
One part teen pregnancy movie and one part coming of age story, For Keeps deals with both the trouble of a young relationship as well as the heavy responsibility growing up can bring. The princess of 1980s teen cinema Ringwald (The Breakfast Club, 1985) is the perfect cast for Darcy, avoiding the typical weak and dependent teenage girl, she makes Darcy the strongest in the movie. Even when struggling after the birth, she is a character that radiates power and determination. Ringwald and John Hughes changed coming-of-age comedies in the decade with more realistic and fleshed-out characters and it seems Ringwald continues the feat here. The struggles the young couple goes through, as well as both their individual fights and those with their parents, seem realistic and makes the movie more drama than comedy and it is nice to see a story about teenage pregnancy without the usual choice between depressive despair and glossed over comedy.
Screenwriters Tim Kazurinsky and Denise DeClue began work by immersing themselves in the subject of teenage pregnancy, reading articles and speaking directly to teenage mothers. Kazurinsky said: “According to our research about 10,000 U.S. teenagers a week who are pregnant keep their babies. And in every interview we had with young pregnant girls, they all said, ‘I never thought it would happen to me.’ So we created Darcy Elliot as the kind of smart, with-it girl who would never think it could happen to her”.
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