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  • Series Premiere Date: Jul 19, 2009
  • Season #: 1
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  • Summary: Thea (Lindsay Lohan) fakes a pregnancy to avoid being fired, but soon finds keeping the ruse up harder to do when she gets a promotion because of her pregnancy.
  • Genre(s): Comedy
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Leah Greenblatt
    75
    It may not be the stuff Emmy dreams are made of, but it's still goofy, broad-strokes summer fun.
  2. Pains succeeds because of Lohan. As Thea, a publishing-house secretary living on the financial brink who rashly lies that she's pregnant just before her boss fires her, Lohan is a bright light in the center of an otherwise a fair-to-middling telefilm.
  3. The movie’s premise--a secretary who feigns pregnancy to avoid being fired--isn’t terrible and neither is Ms. Lohan. Mostly because of how her part was written, it takes too long for Ms. Lohan to shed her Hollywood reputation and wan, stilted demeanor and get into the role.
  4. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    50
    All told, it's a rather ignominious birthing process for a movie that isn't painful, necessarily, but delivers little that's worth paying admission to see, either.
  5. Reviewed by: Paige Wiser
    50
    If you don't think too hard about it--and don't mind seeing every single romantic movie cliche crammed in two hours--then you will find Labor Pains to be less painful than actual birth.
  6. 40
    Very little here feels original or even pregnancy-specific, from the farcically miserable boss (Chris Parnell, uncharacteristically unfunny, even when playing off a small dog) to the sassy best friend (Cheryl Hines, trying her best and smoking up a storm) to the see-it-from-a-mile-away office romance that threatens to unravel once the truth is revealed.
  7. It's all good-natured, upbeat and occasionally funny. Janeane Garofalo has an amusing role as a sardonic talk-show host. But mostly the viewer will be drumming his or her fingers, waiting for the inevitable to play out, which it does, with no particular distinction.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 1 out of 4