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Labor Pains (2009)

Lindsay Lohan , Cheryl Hines , Lara Shapiro  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Lindsay Lohan, Cheryl Hines
  • Directors: Lara Shapiro
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish, American Sign Language
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • DVD Release Date: August 4, 2009
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0027CHPD4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,379 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Thea (Lindsay Lohan) is stuck in a dead-end job that she can't afford to lose. To stay employed, she fakes a pregnancy, and now she's milking her one big lie for everything it's worth. But faking this pregnancy is going to make giving birth look easy. Chris Parnell and Cheryl Hines also star in this hilarious comedy.

Labor Pains stars Lindsay Lohan as much-abused secretary Thea Dixon, whose boss makes her clean his dog when it rolls in poop. On the brink of being fired, Thea makes a desperate claim: She’s pregnant! Fear of a lawsuit prevails and she keeps her job... but now she’s got to keep up her story. It’s a chore at first, but Thea soon discovers that pregnancy has its privileges; she ends up with a promotion and a fledgling romance--all threatened by the possible revelation of her deceit. Labor Pains has the kind of preposterous but plot-driving premise that might have made for a great screwball comedy in the 1940s. Unfortunately, the clumsy script fumbles every promising scene with obvious jokes and no sense of how to maintain the tricky balance of absurdity and genuine feeling that the story requires. The movie gets a boost from its bouncy soundtrack, Lohan’s likability (only a few years ago she was riding high from Freaky Friday and Mean Girls), and an enjoyable supporting turn from Cheryl Hines (Curb Your Enthusiasm) as Thea’s caustic co-conspirator in the secretarial pool. Janeane Garofalo has a cameo as a talk-show host. --Bret Fetzer

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this one! June 8, 2009
Whatever her press, Lindsey Lohan delivers a great performance in The Parent Trap, Freaky Friday, Mean Girls, and now Labor Pains. This is a REALLY smart and funny film--well worth seeing and far better than the usual comedic maternity genre. Rest of cast is excellent, as well. Haven't heard of Lara Shapiro before, but i want to see anything else she's written or directed. Gold!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Labor Pains is a Hoot! June 11, 2009
Lindsey L is not my favorite actress, but she really was quite hilarious in this well written and stylish film. I really enjoyed the story and really laughed at a number of scenes, especially the birthing class scene. The supporting cast is suburb and Cheryl Hines is particularly hilarious. Chris Parnell is very strong and the setting is true LA at its best. I particularly loved the sound track and story line. I am now a fan of Lindsey's and highly recommend this fun film for any group of expecting women looking for a laugh.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars O.k. But not that funny. May 6, 2010
By Tom C.
The problem here is that if you go in thinking this movie is going to be slapstick comedy, it's not. The comedy is very low key. Somebody mentioned the humor was like Working Girl which I agree. There are no belly laughs here. If you watch the movie with that mind set, it's an o.k. movie, but it seems more serious than funny. T.C.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Funny!!! October 4, 2009
I thought this had a really good and funny plot. Lindsay Lohan did an awesome job. Lohan stars as a secretary named Thea Clayhill who is about to be fired by her very stubborn boss. She is soon forced to lie and tell him she is pregnant. People start being nicer to her, and she is given a promotion. Will Thea ever reveal to her friends that she isn't 'with child'? I highly recommend LABOR PAINS!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than Expected - A decent comedy. January 12, 2011
By Lynnie
I was given this as a gift and I had low expectations of this movie because of the drama surrounding LL's private (not so private life). Well this movie is much better than I thought it would be. The plotline is decent and I found myself routing for her character. It is a light comedy that works and is an easy watch and the movie movies along at quite a decent pace. To some it up do yourself a favour and give this movie a chance you will not regret it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressed by Lindsay.... October 25, 2009
By Kody
Lohan really pulls it off well in this fun, non-traditional romantic comedy. It's a smart, funny film that kept me completely and constantly entertained as it follows the story of an office secretary faking pregnancy in a desperate attempt to keep her awful but financially-necessary job.

It's a great story and keeps you rapt with unpredictable chemistry between Lohan and male lead Luke Kirby while her lie spirals out of control at home and at work as she is unable to come clean and finds it necessary to expand her fake pregnancy bump. The movie is full of great supporting roles with the likes of Cheryl Hines, Chris Parnell, and a lot of familiar faces. Really enjoyed the soundtrack and overall it was a very pleasant deviation from your traditional romantic comedy. For anyone who's ever worked a crappy job you just couldn't afford to ditch like myself, it's really relatable in a fun way and keeps you laughing as it goes. Would be a great watch for the whole family.

Being a fan of Lindsay from The Parent Trap to Mean Girls, I was pleasantly surprised to find her just as on-point as ever, despite all the negative hype of her personal life lately. She certainly seems to find herself at home playing an adult role but keeping the lovable, fun quirkiness that we all fell in love with in the first place.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not too bad for a Lohan film October 12, 2009
This film wasn't bad for a Lindsay Lohan movie. I was expecting to hate it, but I didn't - I even laughed a few times. Even though the plot is predictable, it has a few funny twists and turns. It doesn't just run on pregnancy jokes.

The acting is overall pretty decent. Lohan actually comes off well, not unbelievable good nor really annoying, but rather as a frustrated person stuck in a worthless job. I wasn't familiar with the other actors but they all came across as pretty believable and not too over the top (one of the things that can kill a movie like this is overly dramatic acting - see Management).

The movie does suffer from what I call the "1.5 hour problem" - it tries to cram so many relationships and a lot of plot twists within 90 minutes. Unfortunately, that seems to be the typical trend in Hollywood nowadays. Nonetheless, parts of the film, such as Lohan's relationship with Nick, seem a bit forced.

For some reason (possibly Lohan's trouble with the press), this movie slipped under the radar of most movie-goers, but it doesn't deserve to stay there. Certainly one of the better romantic comedies around.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Romantic Comedy June 12, 2010
Lindsay Lohan as Thea is at the top of her game in this feel good movie. Thea fakes a pregnancy in order to keep her job, but then her maternal instinct kicks-in! She starts hoarding baby paraphernalia and ultimately requires a full-blown "intervention" before she can kick her "pregnancy addiction" :)

Be sure to watch the entire movie because the last five minutes contains a surprise ending - a year or two in the future.

The Behind-the-Scenes is also interesting - it hints the movie was injected with a parody between Thea's pregnancy addiction versus LL's current challenges as a 20-something party girl:)

In one scene Thea is asked to go out for a drink with a co-worker after work. It's classic to see LL [I mean Thea] look up and say "Drink? I don't drink! I'm pregnant!!"
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars I like it
Published 1 month ago by Victoria Oyler
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie
Published 2 months ago by dustin feury
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Not Lohan's best but funny.
Published 3 months ago by George Haynes
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible
Lindsay Lohan may have been a good Disney child actress. However, this movie was a big bomb in my opinion. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Robyn Dawson
1.0 out of 5 stars sreiously....
why did i have to buy this and cant even view it because the POOR quality...... never again. don't buy this.
Published 8 months ago by emily robinson
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly, moderately good
I can't help but watch the Queen of All Train Wrecks, Lindsay Lohan. What people forget in all of her drama is that she is actually a good actress. Read more
Published 9 months ago by SMG713
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING!!!
LINDSAY LOHAN<3 She is the best actress from disney. She works hard and l respect her this is my all time favorite movie.
Published 9 months ago by kyle saboo
3.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
This was a good movies. I enjoyed watching it! It was funny and I would watch it again! Lindsey Lohan was actually Good!
Published 9 months ago by Carrie
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
This was purchased for my daughter. She really enjoyed watching it and will love having it in her library. Thank You
Published 11 months ago by Sherrill M. Meeks
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
this movie was the best i have ever seen with Lindsay Lohan in it this is my new all time favorite movie
Published 13 months ago by jessica
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