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For Keeps (1988)

Molly Ringwald , Randall Batinkoff , John G. Avildsen  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Molly Ringwald, Randall Batinkoff, Kenneth Mars, Miriam Flynn, Conchata Ferrell
  • Directors: John G. Avildsen
  • Writers: Denise DeClue, Tim Kazurinsky
  • Producers: Cindy Pierson, Doug Seelig, Jerry Belson, Walter Coblenz, William J. Cassidy
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 23, 2004
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001AVZ9E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,377 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "For Keeps" on IMDb

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Molly Ringwald, Pauly Shore, Michelle Downey. Two high school sweethearts face a crisis when the girl's unexpected pregnancy upsets their parents and threatens their college careers. 1988/color/90 min/PG-13/fullscreen.

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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
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This is not a typical brat pack movie. 80's music doesn't blare in the background, there isn't a group of characters that seem to stay together in films. But, it's just as good as all of the other brat pack movies. There is only one brat pack member, and one is all it needs- Molly Ringwald.
Molly plays a high school senior named Darcy who is in love. Her boyfriend, Stan is played by Randall Batinkoff. Even though he is not a popular actor, he really shows talent in this film. When a night of passion in the rain leads to Darcy getting pregnant, they are faced with an important decision. Her mom says abortion, his parents say adoption. Stan and Marcy say "we're keeping it". When they are shunned from the family, they are forced to grow up quickly- marriage, jobs, bills and putting off college are all things this couple go through in the name of love. But will this love for eachother be enough to keep their family together?
This is a serious movie that looks at teenage pregnancy. It's not intended to be used as a brochure, but just as a fictional "what-if". Molly Ringwald really shows true talent in this movie, dealing with more than just missed birthdays and a day of dentention. Although this film was made in the mix of the other 80's cult flicks, this one sticks out as a source of seeing the true talent that Molly has.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent message for teens! April 6, 2005
Molly Ringwald shines in this film as she portrays a high school senior who ends up pregnant. She and the father get married and try to stick it out... she tries to work while pregnant, he tries to help his dad out... nothing seems to work. They get their own place and have to deal with their electricity being shut off so they end up moving in with her mother, which is difficult for everyone.

Molly's husband has gotten a scholarship to a prestigious school and he's willing to give it up to help her with the baby, but she doesn't want him to. In the end she just about forces him to take the scholarship and he does.

Mixed in with the humor and comedy, there is a great lesson on teen pregnancy and getting married young. It's harder than it looks and this is an excellent movie for young girls to watch and learn from!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Teen Struggle & Love April 21, 2004
For Keeps where shall I start. For Keeps is one of those 80's movies that would fit perfect on The Lifetime Network. Molly Ringwald stars as Darci Elliot and Randall Batinkoff stars as Stan Bobrutz (intentional hard to spell and pronoucne name, it is the butt of several jokes in the film). The two high school sweethearts are sent fast forward into adult hood when Darci becomes pregnant. They struggle to stay together. I think this film is great because it shows young people just how hard things can be when you introduce a baby into the picture. It is not one of those happily ever after stories, Stan and Darci go through some real hard times. The movie itself takes a real awkward turn towards the end with Darci pushing Stan to pursue his dreams without his knowledge, but the movie will entertain those in 6th grade and up. Its a bit pricey but it is good for educational use and for the 80's fan building their collection.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute Love Story August 23, 2000
By Hayley
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In "For Keeps" Molly Ringwald plays a high school senior who gets pregnant. Her high hopes of becoming a writer are dashed, and she is thrown into a world that is completely unlike her. She and her boyfriend (Randall Batkinoff) get married, move into a cramped apartment, she drops out of school and then goes back to night school all while trying to deal with her pregnancy and the pressure of both of their parents. Both of their parents have shunned them, and they are all alone. Her new husband finds that he has gotten into MIT, only to realize he cannot go at all. Both of their dreams of going onto college and leading successful lives are ruined, yet they manage to stay together through thick and thin.
If only most guys were like Randall Batkinoff's character, who is possibly the sweetest and most loving of all of the romantic male roles in these movies. He truly loves her, and although she doesn't realize how much at first, she comes to know that his love is true and deep.
It really was an amazing story.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatsest Movie Ever July 3, 2007
I love the drama between two people that are the same age as me. I am currently going through the same bad time witm my boyfriend. I hope we are able to overcome the fights and money problems like them. It openned my eyes and I just loved this movie.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all time favorites May 20, 2013
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When this movie came out in 1988 it was an instant favorite of mine. I suppose I loved it for personal reasons. I could relate well to the characters as I was a pregnant high school senior who was also married at the time. I remember being seven months pregnant as a walked across the stage to get my diploma.

I respected that this movie did not glamorize teenage pregnancy. Everything wasn't perfect and rosey between the two main characters Darcy and Stan. Darcy and Stan are high school sweethearts who find themselves pregnant. After some debate over termination or adoption they decide to marry and keep the baby. They suffer some financial difficulties and make compromises on their dreams. At one point Darcy commits a most unselfish act and breaks up with Stan so that he may pursue his life long dream. But love prevails in the end.

My husband and I know first hand how difficult it was to be young parents. We also know that there isn't much to glamorize about teenage pregnancy or marrying young. But like the characters of Darcy and Stan we also know that love can prevail.

This movie reminds me of that time. I'm Darcy and my husband is Stan. It's been 25 + years and we are still married and still in love.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars For Keeps arrived!
A favorite older movie, I was excited to find it on Amazon. It came quickly, i the condition described and played easily. I am 100% pleased. Thanks.
Published 6 days ago by KBH
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!
A must see definitely... Great acting by Molly Ringwald, it really gives a sense of reality to those teens who plan on having babies too early for their time.
Published 13 days ago by Karina
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie!!!
I loved Molly Ringwald in this movie; it is one of my personal favorites along with The Breakfast Club and Pretty in Pink.
Published 14 days ago by A. Way
4.0 out of 5 stars good job..
Great picture and audio was great would watch again no lag recommend to everyone who love 80's movies thanks again
Published 1 month ago by Eric Jimenez
2.0 out of 5 stars scratched DVD
I received the disc scratched and was unable to watch entire movie is the reason why it was given 2 stars
Published 2 months ago by Kendal
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!!
Amazing movie. I had tried purchasing this on Ebay but failed as the prices seeme to sky rocket as this dvd is no longer in production and copies are limited! Read more
Published 3 months ago by chelsea hadfield
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible
They are already in the trash. Very pricy for what they are. They fell apart within a week of putting them up. Poor quality, poor design. Would not buy again.
Published 3 months ago by Susan
5.0 out of 5 stars For keeps
A hard movie to find at a decent price, but found it here for a reasonable price. Very pleased, very much enjoy the story of this movie!
Published 8 months ago by Chardister
5.0 out of 5 stars love this movie
love the story...this is a very old movie and i loved it the moment i watched it as a tenager...
Published 8 months ago by vclov
5.0 out of 5 stars This DVD is so cute we love it!
We just love this DVD Molly Ringwald is perfectly adorable in this! Too bad it is such a hard DVD to find.
Published 12 months ago by Jodie Krause
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