For Keeps (1988) - Rotten Tomatoes

For Keeps1988

For Keeps (1988)




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A high-school student's plans for the future undergo a serious change when she discovers that she is pregnant in this comedy-drama. She and her young boyfriend choose to get married and raise the child themselves, but they find teen-age parenthood much more of a challenge than they anticipated.

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Molly Ringwald
as Darcy Elliot
Randall Batinkoff
as Stan Bobrucz
Kenneth Mars
as Mr. Bobrucz
Miriam Flynn
as Mrs. Elliot
Conchata Ferrell
as Mrs. Bobrucz
Jack Ong
as Rev. Kim
Sean Frye
as Wee Willy
Allison Roth
as Ambrosia
Patricia Patts
as Desdemona
Kimberly Bailey
as Baby Cakes
J.W. Fails
as High Flyer
Kelly McMahan
as Pediatric Nurse
Robert Ruth
as Prom Photographer
Michelle Downey
as Michaela Tuohy
Jeff Marshall
as Michaela's Boy Friend
Bonnie Hellman
as Mrs. Sitwell
Larry Drake
as Night Clerk
Marty Zagon
as Manager of Quickie Nickie's
Annie Oringer
as Anastasia
Rae Worland
as Student
David DeLange
as Uniformed Official
Tino Insana
as Capt. O'Connell
Steven Barr
as Sgt. Blaine
Patricia Barry
as Adoption Official
Janet MacLachlan
as Miss Giles
Jaclyn Bernstein
as Mary Bobrucz
Matthew Licht
as Lou Bobrucz
Leslie Bega
as Carlita
Helen Siff
as Landlady
Anne Curry
as Push Nurse
John DiSanti
as Mr. Kolby
Robert Nadder
as Night-School Teacher
Shane McCabe
as Amorous Porker
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Critic Reviews for For Keeps

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (2)

Its subject is nominally daring, but in spite of that, For Keeps proceeds with an amazing degree of caution.

May 20, 2003 | Full Review…

The moments between Ringwald and Batinkoff are well-written and played with a quiet, touching sensitivity; we recognize elements of real life in their relationship.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The result is essentially the pilot for a sentimentally sweet TV sitcom machine-tooled for the current craze of baby-boom movies.

November 5, 2019 | Full Review…

A dreary television-movie-of-the-week drama, far beneath the considerable talents of the mostly gifted cast.

December 8, 2017 | Full Review…

Ringwald at the start of her downward slide

January 16, 2004 | Rating: 2/5

...about as compelling as an afterschool special.

August 1, 2003 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for For Keeps

After the relatively demanding "Cracks", I felt like a nice movie, something comforting from the past... and this one fit the mood well. It's surprising that I would like a "baby" movie, I guess, but this one got me quite young. I still say it has the worst beginning to a movie ever, though, I was eating while I was watching this one tonight, and it nearly made me sick! Another thing I like about this, is even though it has the required happy ending, it's not sugar coated or overly sentimental. This young couple hit every obstacle going - teen pregnancy. poverty, no support from family, post natal depression and the overall strain of being a young married couple with a baby. Though it is romantic in a way, the situation sure isn't. Molly Ringwald is wonderful here. I always think she is wonderful, I have loved her since Pretty in Pink, but she really is outstanding here as Darcy. Beautiful, smart, if it wasn't for the whole pregnancy bit, what young girl would't want to be her?! Randall Batinkoff is also nice as Stan. I am surprised this movie was not more popular at the time. I guess now it is a little dated, if you did not grow up with it as I did, but for anyone who likes a good 80's teen movie, can't really go past this. I guess it's a sign of my age that finally I can really relate to Mrs Elliot in this too. I never really thought about her, past being Darcy's mum, but on rewatch, I actually found her quite moving, as I realised her fear was coming from things that happened to her. Scary.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

Ringwald plays a pregnant teen graduating from high school. The story is good, as are the actors. I really liked this movie, and if you're a fan of hers too, you'll enjoy it.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

I was surprised with this old flick, haven't actually seen it before but its really good, really sweet and touching. I thought it would be a boring sickening story as we follow two kids in love, getting pregnant, breaking up etc..but its pretty engaging and keeps you interested, I think the 80's charm has alot to do with that :) Molly Ringwald being the teen queen of the era. Some nice lines raise afew smiles here and there and the whole look and feel is just right, you can relate to the story, that's the important thing.

Phil Hubbs
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

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