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Babycakes (1989)

Grace, an overweight girl, spends her Christmas trying to start up a romance with a guy who controls the subway she boards for work each day.


Paul Schneider


Percy Adlon (screenplay "Zuckerbaby"), Joyce Eliason (teleplay)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ricki Lake ... Grace
Craig Sheffer ... Rob
Nada Despotovich Nada Despotovich ... Keri
Paul Benedict ... Magleby
Betty Buckley ... Wanda
John Karlen ... Al
Cynthia Dale ... Olivia
Erik King
Olga Merediz ... Check-Out Girl
Elena Kudaba Elena Kudaba ... Neighbor
Alana Salvatore Alana Salvatore ... Elsa
Nicole Greenspan Nicole Greenspan ... Lisa
Marguerite Pigott Marguerite Pigott ... Saleslady
Tom Harvey Tom Harvey ... Judge
Deborah Cass Deborah Cass ... Mortuary Woman #1


Grace is an overweight mortuary cosmetician who falls in love with Rob, a handsome subway train conductor who doesn't even know she exists. When she finally devises a way to meet him, they discover that although they are physically different, they have a lot more in common than they think. Written by Phil Fernando

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Comedy | Drama | Romance



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Release Date:

14 February 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sugarbaby See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Remake of Zuckerbaby (1985), a German film starring Marianne Sägebrecht and Eisi Gulp. See more »


Rob: Those guys are a bunch of yoyo's they really are. Well sometimes I feel like I gotta be a part of it. Ya know um to be a real man, and then when I'm there I'm mostly embarrassed. Grace!
[Rob grabs Grace]
Grace: Just let go! Let's say it! I'm obesely overweight, I'm Fat, and I'm disgusting!
Rob: Would you stop it! Stop saying that junk! Just listen to me I was, I was a real jerk back there ok, That is not the way I really feel. And I'm sorry. And I like you Grace. I like you a lot.
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Remake of Zuckerbaby (1985) See more »


Do You Love Me?
Written by Berry Gordy (as Berry Gordy, Jr.)
Performed by The Contours
Courtesy Motown Record Company L.P.
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love doesn't just happen to the "beautiful" people
21 April 2004 | by Anya1976See all my reviews

This is one of my fave TV movies. I saw it when i was young and loved it because it does tell people to not judge a book by it's cover.

I am older and still love this movie. I got this DVD as a present from a friend and i almost cried because he knew how much i loved this movie.

It's a story of a "fat" girl who does what everyone thinks she can't. Get a hot guy. She proves them all wrong. She can and WILL get the guy. And she does. I think more people need to look on the inside of people rather than outer appearances. Looks will fade but a beautiful soul never does. And like this movie that message will stand the test of time.

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