Genre Guesstimation – For Keeps? (1988)


The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by Todd of The Forgotten Filmz Podcast and we will be reviewing our favorite 80’s Teen Films.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Sep by sending them to teentodd@movierob.net

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Todd!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of 80’s Teen Films…..

“I’m pregnant. Can you pass the turnips? ” – Darcy

Number of Times Seen – 1 (13 Sep 2020)

Brief Synopsis – A teenage couple try to deal with the consequences when they find out that she is pregnant.

My Take on it – This is a film that I recall hearing about when it came out but never had much desire to watch until I came across it now.

The film’s premise is quite good and the fact that it’s story still seems quite relevant even after 33 years says so much about how things are presented.

The issues raised here are quite timeless and that helps make this story work even better.

Molly Ringwald does a great job in the lead role here and once again shows why she was such a great teen actress in the 80’s.

Unfortunately she and her costar Randall Batinkoff have very inconsistent chemistry with one another and that hurts things a bit.

The rest of the supporting cats are great and they are able to give these characters very diverse opinions on the subject which allows us to see the varying viewpoints from different perspectives which is great.

Bottom Line – Interesting idea that works quite well even when watching it 3 decades after it was made. Some of the issues brought up are quite timeless which helps make things more relevant to watch unfold. Ringwald does a great job here but the chemistry with costar Batinkoff is intermittent. The supporting cast is quite fun to watch and they do a great job of showing the various sides of this very controversial issue. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – 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”. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Not quite. has some great ideas, but also is far from perfect.

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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One thought on “Genre Guesstimation – For Keeps? (1988)

  1. Pingback: Genre Grandeur September Finale – Three O’Clock High (1987) – Forgotten Filmz | MovieRob

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