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Labor Pains (2009)

  • Rate: 4.5/10 total 4,427 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Romance
  • Release Date: 19 June 2009 (Romania)
  • Runtime: USA:89 min
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Labor Pains (2009)


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  • IMDb page: Labor Pains (2009)
  • Rate: 4.5/10 total 4,427 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Romance
  • Release Date: 19 June 2009 (Romania)
  • Runtime: USA:89 min
  • Filming Location: Burbank, California, USA
  • Budget: $10,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: RUR 12,140,442(Russia)(12 July 2009)
  • Director: Lara Shapiro
  • Stars: Lindsay Lohan, Luke Kirby and Chris Parnell
  • Original Music By: Andrew Hollander   
  • Soundtrack: Got Your Moments
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Job | Dog | Secretary | Pregnancy | Lie

Writing Credits By:

  • Stacey Kramer (written by) (as Stacy Kramer) &
  • Lara Shapiro (written by)

Known Trivia

  • Originally made for cinema, but later released as a television movie.

Goofs: Continuity: When Thea and Lisa were in the bathroom smoking and talking about their boss, just before their boss throws open the door Lisa is holding the cigarette, when the camera comes back not even a half a second later Thea is holding the cigarette.

Plot: A young woman pretends to be pregnant in order to avoid being fired from her job. When that gets her special treatment by everyone involved in her life, she tries to keep up the lie for nine months. Full summary »  »

Story: Thea Clayhill is the reckless secretary of arrogant publisher Jerry Steinwald. When Jerry fires her having had an accident with his beloved dog, Thea lies and tells him that she is four-months pregnant. Thea lost her parents in a car accident and raises her younger sister Emma alone and can not afford to lose her job. Jerry goes on vacation to be with his dog and his brother Nick Steinwald assumes his position. Thea decides to fake her pregnancy for more time with the support of her friend Lisa.Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  


Synopsis: Thea Clayhill (Lindsay Lohan) is about to lose her position as secretary to a very cranky publisher (Chris Parnell) — so she lies about being pregnant to save her job, as she saw on an episode of Law and Order that you cannot fire a pregnant woman as a stand agaisnt discrimination. The plan works, and she gets to keep her job.With the help from a friend (Cheryl Hines) — and a pillow — Thea fakes the pregnancy while she figures out what to do next. But in the meantime, her boss gets called out of town and his cute brother Nick (Luke Kirby) takes over. Nick launches a new parenting division at the publishing company, and he wants Thea to be the editor. Suddenly she gets a raise and a promotion. Nick and Thea soon begin to become romantically involved. And pretty soon she begins to like her new life a lot to the extent that she begins to believe she is pregnant. However, her little sister soon grows frutstrated with the lie and destroyed her pregnancy pillow, and in haste, Thea grabs a balloon, which pops, and her cover is blown.Soon, Thea learns to get herself together and apologizes on a national talk show to Nick and the company, and Nick fogives her and takes her back, and she gets to keep her job. Two years later, Thea is shown going into labor with her and Nick’s child…for real. [D-Man2010]

Thea Clayhill (Lindsay Lohan) is about to lose her position as secretary to a very cranky publisher (Chris Parnell) — so she lies about being pregnant to save her job. The plan works.With the help from a friend (Cheryl Hines) — and a pillow — Thea fakes the pregnancy while she figures out what to do next. But in the meantime, her boss gets called out of town and his cute brother Nick (Luke Kirby) takes over. Nick launches a new parenting division at the publishing company, and he wants Thea to be the editor. Suddenly she gets a raise and a promotion. And pretty soon she begins to like her new life — not to mention Nick — a lot.But how long can Thea keep up this ruse? And what will happen when everyone learns the truth? [D-Man2010]


FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Boaz Davidson known as executive producer
  • Danny Dimbort known as executive producer
  • Brian Edwards known as executive producer
  • Joe Gatta known as executive producer
  • Warren T. Goz known as executive producer
  • David Grace known as co-producer
  • Lati Grobman known as producer
  • Pamela Hirsch known as co-producer
  • Avi Lerner known as producer
  • Stewart McMichael known as executive producer
  • Galt Niederhoffer known as executive producer
  • Iliana Nikolic known as co-producer
  • Susan Pusateri known as co-producer
  • Celine Rattray known as producer
  • Rick Schwartz known as producer
  • Trevor Short known as executive producer
  • Sabrina Sipantzi known as line producer (as Sabrina Sipantzi Ballard)
  • Daniela Taplin Lundberg known as co-producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Lindsay Lohan known as Thea Clayhill
  • Luke Kirby known as Nick Steinwald
  • Chris Parnell known as Jerry Steinwald
  • Aaron Yoo known as Miles
  • Bridgit Mendler known as Emma Clayhill
  • Tracee Ellis Ross known as Kristin
  • Kevin Covais known as Greg
  • Bonnie Somerville known as Suzi Cavandish
  • Cheryl Hines known as Lisa DePardo
  • Creed Bratton known as John Abbotts
  • Janeane Garofalo known as Claire the Vista Host
  • Keiko Agena known as Pregnant Bookstore Woman
  • Donald V. Allen known as Umpire
  • Jack Axelrod known as O'Keefe
  • Alexandra Barreto known as Pretty Woman
  • Jenni Blong known as Pregnant Soccer Mom #1
  • Shirly Brener known as Brittney
  • Christa Campbell known as Brunette
  • Maree Cheatham known as Ann
  • Pat Crawford Brown known as Aunt Betty
  • Darcy DeMoss known as Redhead
  • D.C. Douglas known as Vista Producer
  • Pete Gardner known as Terry Bournachie
  • Willie Garson known as Carl
  • Michelle Gillette known as Woman in Crowd
  • Belen Greene known as Earth Mother
  • Sarah Hernandez known as Young Mother #3
  • Ethan Kent known as Sam
  • Gavin Kent known as Sam
  • Tarri Markell known as Baby Shower Guest
  • Amber Lynn Alexander known as Baby Shower Guest #1 (as Amber Alexander)
  • Laura Liguori known as Baby Shower Guest #2
  • James Tappan known as Tim's Partner
  • Claire Risoli known as Maternity Store Woman (as Claire Martin)
  • Ana Ortiz known as Donna
  • Barry Papick known as Tim
  • Nayan Raina known as Newsstand Vendor (as Sunny Raina)
  • Lonny Ross known as Phillip
  • Marc Senter known as Photographer
  • Caitlin Short known as Softball Player
  • Jessica St. Clair known as Pregnancy Class Instructor
  • Jay Thomas known as Garth
  • Yuki Bird known as Book Cover Model (uncredited)
  • Brendan Bradley known as Lifeguard (uncredited)
  • Amanda Carrier known as Lamaze Class Pregnant Woman (uncredited)
  • Aurelius DiBarsanti known as Bookstore Cashier (uncredited)
  • Keith Rhoades known as Guy at Bar (uncredited)
  • Jennifer Wydra known as Lamaze Class Pregnant Woman (uncredited)
  • Robert Zimiga known as Rob – Birthing Class (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Brooke Bell known as makeup department head
  • Alyson Black known as third hair stylist
  • Sean Flanigan known as hair department head
  • Sean Flanigan known as hair stylist: Lindsay Lohan
  • RaMona Fleetwood known as additional hair stylist
  • Shauna Giesbrecht known as additional makeup artist
  • Keleigh Lippert known as makeup artist
  • Sara Michael known as additional makeup artist
  • Tricia Sawyer known as makeup artist: Lindsay Lohan
  • Francine Shermaine known as key hair stylist

Art Department:

  • Zachary Baze known as art department production assistant
  • Claire Bennett known as art department coordinator
  • Gregg Bruza known as set dresser
  • Scott E. Bruza known as on-set dresser (as Scott Bruza)
  • Cyndy Canfield known as buyer (as Cyndy Tarkington)
  • Camellia Cox known as illustrator: graphics
  • Andrew Guinn known as props assistant
  • Dallas Richard Hallam known as assistant property master
  • Jason E. Hatfield known as props
  • Anthony F. Jimenez known as set dresser (as Anthony Jimenez)
  • Mark Knightley known as construction coordinator
  • Ben Lewis known as property master
  • Mark Rohde known as set dresser




Production Companies:

  • Millennium Films (presents)
  • Nu Image Films
  • Latitude Films
  • Overnight Films (as Overnight Productions) (in association with)
  • Plum Pictures (in association with)
  • Grand Army Entertainment

Other Companies:

  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera cranes
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera dollies
  • Direct Tools & Fasteners  expendables
  • Film Finances  completion guarantor
  • Hollywood Intermediate  digital intermediate services
  • Keslow Cameras  camera equipment provided by
  • Plastercity Digital Post  post-production
  • Sessions Payroll Management  extras payroll services
  • Sonic Magic  adr recording
  • Star Waggons  cast trailers
  • Stone Management  product placement
  • Wow & Flutter  trailer mix


  • Cascade Film (2009) (Russia) (theatrical)
  • Ro Image 2000 (2009) (Romania) (theatrical)
  • ABC Family (2009) (USA) (TV)
  • California Filmes (2009) (Brazil) (all media)
  • Dutch FilmWorks (DFW) (2010) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Eagle Films (2009) (non-USA) (all media) (Middle East)
  • First Look International (2009) (USA) (DVD)
  • First Look International (2009) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Net5 (2011) (Netherlands) (TV)
  • Odeon (2009) (Greece) (all media)
  • Prorom Media-Trade (2009) (Romania) (all media)
  • VVS Films (2009) (Canada) (all media)
  • Wide Pictures (2009) (Spain) (all media)



Other Stuff

Visual Effects by:
  • Simeon Asenov known as visual effects art director
  • Dilyan Aynadzhiev known as visual effects systems administrator
  • Scott Coulter known as visual effects producer
  • Ivelina Dobreva known as digital compositor
  • Momchil Kirov known as digital compositor
  • Jordan Markov known as visual effects
  • Nikolay Pachov known as visual effect assistant editor
  • Milena Peneva known as visual effects coordinator
  • Nick Peshunoff known as visual effects coordinator
  • Alexander Valev known as visual effects supervisor
  • Chris Ward known as digital intermediate producer
  • Alex Zvezdev known as visual effects systems administrator

Release Date:

  • Romania 19 June 2009
  • Russia 9 July 2009
  • USA 19 July 2009 (TV premiere)
  • Spain 31 July 2009
  • Turkey 31 July 2009
  • USA 4 August 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • UK 31 August 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Germany 11 December 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Mexico 8 January 2010
  • Netherlands 11 January 2010 (DVD premiere)
  • Lebanon 28 January 2010
  • United Arab Emirates 29 April 2010
  • Peru 9 September 2010

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for sexual content and language



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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  1. Ravi-x from Canada
    30 Mar 2012, 12:24 pm

    Although it was nice to see Lindsay lohan again in a movie ( i like hervery much ) :) : the story is kinda lame and the acting is pretty bad .Still a few laugh but overall I'm disappoint . it looked very good fromthe trailer .

    download the screener or rent if you like lohan but don't buy it .

    This movie wont 'bring Lindsay lohan career to the top ' i wouldn'thave see a theatrical release . Straight to DVD is what it deserve IMO.

    very average .. and the acting is pretty bad ( except Lindsay ) stillbetter than Hottie or nottie or other Paris Hilton flick .

    Its rate 4.1 right now … it deserve it IMO . maybe a 5 max .

    Nowhere near as good as Mean girl or Just my luck . This is not a movieyou want to watch twice .

  2. Lady Targaryen from Brazil
    30 Mar 2012, 12:24 pm

    Thea Clayhill is the secretary of the arrogant publisher JerrySteinwald. She hates her job and she cannot wait to do something moremeaningful, but all she gets are stupid chores like taking care ofJerry's pet. One day, after being distracted, an accident happens withJerry's dog, and he, angry and tired of her terrible job, decides tofire her. Thea lies pretending that is pregnant to not lose the job,specially because after her parents died in a car accident, Thea needsto raise her younger sister Emma alone. Since he cannot fire a pregnantwoman, Thea can keep her job, but she needs to use fake bellies and tofake her pregnancy to not make people suspicious. Jerry decides to stayout of the company for a while, during his dog's recovery, and hisyounger brother Nick, assumes his position. Nick is very different fromJerry, and besides being charming, he is a very nice guy. He and Theastart to work together in a search for a new incredible book, and Nickuses Thea's pregnancy to help him to publish a great book aboutpregnancy. The only problem is: For how much time can Thea keep thisfake pregnancy?

    ' Labor Pains' is a very predictable movie, full of clichés, but it isa nice and soft romantic comedy to watch. The situations are totallyunreal , but the movie itself is not a total waste of time ( althoughis not a masterpiece either). The pregnancy theme is something that Iusually like, and it was good to see Lindsay in a role of an adultwoman. In fact, she is doing good in this film and is nice to see herback, playing a more respectful character then the ones of most of herprevious movies. Watching this movie even makes you forget all herdrug- alcohol addiction that happens in her life and that she usuallyis famous for.

  3. jimakros
    30 Mar 2012, 12:24 pm

    Many people hate Lindsay Lohan.Thats a fact of life and to a point shebrought this onto herself with her lifestyle and crazytabloids.So,she's easy prey for anyone looking for anything she doeswhich is less than great.This movie is much,much,much better than theywill make you think it is.Its an average rom-com,on the weaker side butnot bad at all.I've seen dozens of worse rom-coms and even more worsemovies that people will call acceptable.But they don't star LindsayLohan. Personally i like Lindsay as an actress and especially in thistype of movie where she can walk through this material blindfolded.Shejust has a natural gift for this type of disneyesque rom-com.She isalso a doll.I don't like her tabloids but this didn't bother me inenjoying this movie. Especially at a time when,one is bombarded withall kinds of silly monster-alien-robot movies,such innocent cute moviesare a breath of fresh air.

  4. Wizard-8 from Victoria, BC
    30 Mar 2012, 12:24 pm

    In a bizarre change of pace, direct-to-video action kings MillenniumPictures made this strange little movie. The plot is ripped off fromthe French movie "The Closet" – in that film, a man pretended he wasgay so he wouldn't get fired, and in this film, Lohan pretends she'spregnant so she won't lose her job. It still could have been funny,being able to go off in different directions, but it falls flat. It wasobviously shot on a limited budget and hastily filmed. Lohan is badlyphotographed and seems to have been without makeup. (And her characterdoesn't come across as a likable person.) You get to see the shadows ofcamera equipment TWICE. There seems to be footage missing or that wasnot filmed – Lohan's boyfriend, for example, is introduced in theopening minutes, and is not seen again for a half hour! (And we neversee her talking to him about her scheme.) It's also never explained whyLohan for the longest time keeps her sister in the dark about whatshe's doing. But the worst thing about the movie is that it's not veryfunny. It's surprisingly low-key, when it should have been zanier. Ididn't laugh once, chuckle once, or even smile once at any of thescript's situations and dialogue. Maybe I'm not the audience for thismovie – it seems aimed at women – but I think its true audience will beas disappointed with this movie as I am.

  5. dbborroughs from Glen Cove, New York
    30 Mar 2012, 12:24 pm

    Lindsay Lohan stars as a young women who pretends to be pregnant so notto get fired. The bluff wins her perks so she keeps it up longer andlonger. Bland comedy isn't bad but it never rises above the level of alesser TV movie. The cast, is good but not great mostly I think becausethey aren't given anything to do. Lohan, the only one I can put a nameto a face, is as good as she can be, but again she isn't really givenanything to do.(and she should never work with her make up man againsince he makes her look older than her 20 odd years in age). The bestthing I can say is that its not the total disaster I expected that sentit straight to video. I'm sure that the film is going to end up in someform of eternal rotation on some cable channel in the near future. I'dwait until that happens before seeing it.

  6. lukaszsw from Warsaw, Poland
    30 Mar 2012, 12:24 pm

    To be honest I really had more fun watching these "Based on the truestory" titles my mother is keen on watching. This title is full ofclichés, the plot is incomprehensible and the acting is mediocre atbest.

    Thea Clayhill (Lindsay Lohan) is assistant to an editor and her job isvery lousy (to say the least). She is very hardworking and she has tosupport her little sister Emma (Bridgit Mendler). She dates a localsandwich guy. When she steps on her bosses foot once too much he firesher but retracts his decision when she says she is pregnant (she isn'treally). She steals a fake belly off the manikin in the store, comes towork and everybody buys it immediately.

    The worst thing about this movie is that everything feels unbelievableand underdeveloped. Are there really such publishing offices whereevery single male i sexist to the female secretary? How can a placelike that still make an income when the main editor is caring about hisdog 100 times more than about the books? They also say that the officeis quite successful. The biggest question is why would anybody pretendto be pregnant to save the worst job in the world? Especially that itis established that Thea is hardworking.

    There suppose to be some discovery from the main character about thehardship of being pregnant but it all boils down to a single-sentencestatements about the whole thing. To think that a pillow can pass as apregnant belly for months is simply atrocious.

    We are suppose to believe that Thea has to put up with the job becauseshe has a sister to support but their struggle seems nonexistent.Neither of the sister is bothered by their parents death (mabe ithappened years ago), which itself is mentioned so briefly that suggestthat even the director didn't think of it much. Even though thissuppose to be the force behind Lindsay holding to the job.

    The cast makes the most of what the script is but because of theirhonest approach (as if this was a regular blockbuster) it seems evenless entertaining. There is absolutely no chemistry between the malelead and Lindsay. As if every discriminated woman would fall for thefirst guy that shows them affection. The first relationship that she isin is even more bizarre – her boyfriend is a sandwich stand guy withtwo or three lines in the movie: one about the sandwiches and one to

    get her humiliated so the character can be discarded.

    I have to say I smiled a couple of times during the movie because ofoddly inserted jokes like the breading lessons instructor "borrowing" ahusband of one of the women in the class. But thats merely enough topush the movie to mediocre territory and certainly to little to washthe bad aftertaste of all of the other jokes.

    From the cast my favorite is the cocky little sister Emma. BridgitMendler seem right at home and act almost effortlessly. That is incontrast of Lindsay Lohan who, I have to say, seems inappropriate forthe transition to mature roles (or maybe to very lousy ones) I'm givingit 3/10 for some rare mediocre jokes and Bridgit Mendler but thelasting impression is that I watched Straight-to-garbage production.

  7. KMRocky from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 12:24 pm

    This movie was cute at first but then it just starts to get weird.

    Lindsay Lohan plays a girl pretending to be pregnant so she doesn'tloose her job, she sticks with the lie for so long she starts tobelieve it herself.

    Then the movie just gets weird. She says she can't smoke or drink, it'snot allowed when you're pregnant. She also goes as far as to buyingbaby clothes and supplies.

    It wasn't a complete waste of time if you like a cheesy comedy about awoman discovering her strengths… in a very odd and twisted way.

    Watch it if you like these types of movies but as for me I don't thinkI'll be watching this one again.

  8. Sarah from Australia
    30 Mar 2012, 12:24 pm

    I managed to sit through the better part of an hour of this film. Icould not believe just how truly pathetic it was. I mean, the movie wastrying, desperately, to be funny, and failed so many times. Time andtime and time again, actually. Lindsay can't carry a film on her own,and the supporting cast just seemed to be there for the pay cheque.

    A weak plot of Lindsay's character working in a publishing house,trying to support herself and her sister after the death of theirparents (through a car accident, of course, because that's how theparents always get bumped off…) sees the main character seconds awayfrom being fired until s he gets the 'brilliant' idea to claim she'spregnant.

    Seriously, if you're a die-hard fan of Lohan, maybe that'll be enoughfor you. But not even the brief, brief, brief appearance of Garafalocould keep me awake through this…

  9. Amy Adler from Toledo, Ohio
    30 Mar 2012, 12:24 pm

    Thea (Lindsay Lohan) has been dealt a bad hand in the game of life,recently. After her parents were killed in an auto crash, she wasforced to quit college and take charge of her high school aged sister.Since she lives in the Los Angeles area, expenses are high and it is astruggle. Thea slaves away at a relatively low-paying job as a personalassistant to a neurotic publisher. Her only allies and confidants arean associate publisher, Lisa (Cheryl Hines) and a goofy boyfriend,Miles (Aaron Yoo). But, one day, the boss' cherished pooch has anaccident and the publisher leaves town to take the doggy to a hotshotclinic for therapy. Blaming Thea, he tries to give her the axe for thecanine's troubles. But, thinking quickly, Thea declares that she ispregnant and, according to law, an expectant mother can't be firedduring the duration. Bossman leaves in a huff. Taking over is hisyounger brother, Nick (Luke Kirby) who is much better at makingdecisions about books and sales. He also recognizes that Thea has atalent for publishing and, due to her condition, will make an excellentchoice for editing a new tome on pregnancy he wants to present. Theagets a raise and a new assignment. But, will everything fall apart whenthe firm realizes she's not expecting? And, does Thea have "eyes" forher new boss? This was quite a pleasant little film, made moreworthwhile by the appearances of Lohan and Hines. For all her badpublicity, Lohan is a genuinely comic performer, with a dose ofinnocence and sweetness lacking in many other actresses her age. Shedoes fine work here and is a joy to watch. Hines, on the other hand, isexcellent at black humor and she contributes a big helping of comicedginess. The rest of the cast, mostly unknowns, are very nice, too.The settings, costumes, and production values are average, as befits alow-budget flick. Especially lacking was money for a good hair stylist,for Lohan's tresses are a messy tangle. Nevertheless, this movie is agood way to relax and have some fun after work hours. Romcom fans, takenote.

  10. Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    30 Mar 2012, 12:24 pm

    Thea Clayhill (Lindsay Lohan) is the reckless secretary of the arrogantpublisher Jerry Steinwald (Chris Parnell) in the Steinwald Publishing.When Jerry fires her for an accident with his beloved dog, Thea liesand tells that she is four-month pregnant. Thea lost his parents in acar accident and raises her younger sister Emma (Bridgit Mendler) aloneand can not afford to lose her job. Jerry takes vacation to stay withhis dog and his brother Nick Steinwald (Luke Kirby) assumes hisposition and promotes. Thea decides to fake her pregnancy for a coupleof more days with the support of her friend Lisa (Cheryl Hines).However her life changes for better and Thea is promoted to editor byNick and helps him to publish the unconventional book of Suzi Cavandish(Bonnie Somerville) about pregnancy. Nick and Thea fall in love foreach other but Thea does not stop the farce despite the advices of Lisauntil the day truth appears.

    "Labor Pains" is flawed, silly and predictable; but it is alsodelightful, charming, and cute and I liked this film. I am a fan of thetalented Lindsay Lohan and for me it is very difficult to associate herimage of sweet and gorgeous actress to her personal life of drugaddicted, scandals and paparazzi. In the movie, Lindsay Lohan is verybeautiful and her situation faking a pregnancy is funny and I reallyfound this movie very entertaining. My vote is six.

    Title (Brazil): "Meu Trabalho É um Parto" ("My Job Is a Labor")

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