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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 (75 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: Multiple Formats, 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 (75 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001AVZ9E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,606 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "For Keeps" on IMDb

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When high school students Molly Ringwald and Randall Batinkoff fall for each other, they wind up taking a crash course in adulthood in this contemporary romantic comedy. Molly ("The Breakfast Club,""Sixteen Candles") stars as a fledgling journalism student who can't wait to see her name in print. Randall is hoping for a scholarship to Cal Tech. On top of the world and in love, their futures seem idyllic until one little thing throws them off track - a baby. This unexpected "change of events" doesn't sit too well with their moms and dads, who just aren't ready to be grandparents. So Molly and Randall split from their families, get married and begin a life on their own with their new "bundle of job." It doesn't take long before the honeymoon is over, diapers are in, and late dates are out. But in the end, sharing kisses beats doing dishes as Molly, Randall and their families discover that the best love of all is...FOR KEEPS.

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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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12 of 13 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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8 of 9 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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5 of 5 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute Love Story August 23, 2000
By Hayley
Format:VHS Tape
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great DVD!
Published 1 day ago by Ghianska
5.0 out of 5 stars Ok
Good movie but froze and was somewhat blurry
Published 19 days ago by Ina zavala
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love this movie so much im so happy i'll have it forever
Published 20 days ago by sydney
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Is a okay movie I thought it was better
Published 1 month ago by JENNY
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of my favorite movies!
Published 2 months ago by Leticia M. Martinez
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I always liked this movie. Plays well.
Published 2 months ago by Gregory C Cerimele
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable movie
The movie it well acted and the storyline is well written. Also this movie gives Molly Ringwald something to challenge her rather than the usual teen flick that she is known for
Published 3 months ago by D.C. Lowe
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie.
I love this movie it's always been one of my favourites I could watch it everyday all day easily. LOVE!
Published 4 months ago by Sharon Womack
4.0 out of 5 stars From the director of Rocky & The Karate Kid
Teen idol Molly Ringwald stars as bright high school student(Darcy)whose life takes an abrupt turn when she becomes pregnant by her boyfriend, Stan(Randall Batinkoff). Read more
Published 4 months ago by Taheen Lopez
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 months ago by KBH
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