Posted on Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020 by Ben Pearson
(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)
The Movie: Unpregnant
Where You Can Stream It: HBO Max
The Pitch: When Type-A high school student Veronica (Haley Lu Richardson) finds out that she’s pregnant, she enlists the help of her former best friend Bailey (Barbie Ferreira) to go on a cross-country road trip in order to get an abortion without her parents finding out. As you might expect, hijinks ensue.
Why It’s Essential Viewing: Earlier this year, writer/director Eliza Hittman’s Never Rarely Sometimes Always explored the harrowing horrors of what some teenagers have to go through in order to get an abortion in this country, thanks to backwards and archaic laws that unfairly govern women’s bodies. Unpregnant does the same thing, but whereas Never Rarely is a moody, powerfully acted piece of serious drama, this movie views its protagonist’s situation from a comedic angle. Neither approach is “better,” since they’re both great at what they’re trying to do. But if you’re looking for a fun, funny, heartwarming new comedy, Unpregnant is one of the best hidden gems of the year so far. Read More »
It seems impossible to make a comedy out of an abortion, but Unpregnant is just the latest film to find humor in the serious situation. Like one homeskillet before her, Haley Lu Richardson plays a teen who finds herself facing one doodle that can’t be undid: a positive pregnancy test. Unwilling to turn to her boyfriend, her best friend, and her super religious parents, Richardson’s Veronica turns to her former best friend (Barbie Ferreira) who begrudgingly embarks on a 1,000-mile road trip to an abortion clinic. Watch the Unpregnant trailer below.
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HBO Max hasn’t yet announced their official launch date, but they’ve been burning through money by purchasing the streaming rights to shows like Friends and The Big Bang Theory. However, they’re also already hard at work on their first original films, and one more has just been announced.
UNpregnant will adapt the young adult novel of the same name by Jenni Hendricks (How I Met Your Mother) and Ted Caplan (the music editor for The Greatest Showman), with a story that focuses on a 17-year old girl (Haley Lu Richardson of Five Feet Apart) who finds herself with an unwanted pregnancy, leaving her with an important decision to make for her future. Find out more below. Read More »
Sad sick teens are becoming par for the course in Hollywood, but if you’ve got to watch a romantic teen weepy, why not see one with the rising stars from Columbus and Riverdale? Haley Lu Richardson and Cole Sprouse play the unrealistically gorgeous teens suffering from cystic fibrosis, who meet and fall in love — despite the shared sickness forcing them apart. Watch the latest Five Feet Apart trailer below.
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If The Fault in Our Stars warmed your heart and also made you stream crocodile tears, then you’re probably already looking forward to Five Feet Apart. Not unlike the aforementioned adaptation of John Green’s book, this movie follows a 17-year old girl named Stella (Haley Lu Richardson of Split) who is afflicted with cystic fibrosis, keeping her confined to a hospital and unable to make human contact. That becomes all the more challening when she meets a fellow cystic fibrosis patient named Will (Cole Sprouse of Riverdale), who is a bit of a rebel that makes Stella question what she should really be concerned about with life.
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Who knew that the “sick teen weepy” would become an automatic greenlight for Hollywood studio executives? After The Fault in Our Stars made over $300 million worldwide in 2014, there have been several attempts to recapture that lightning in a bottle.
The latest is Five Feet Apart, which stars Columbus and Edge of Seventeen‘s Haley Lu Richardson as a girl with cystic fibrosis. She meets a character played by Riverdale hunk Cole Sprouse who also has that condition, and even though doctors dictate that they must keep a certain amount of distance between them for their own safety…well, love is a powerful thing. Check out the first trailer below. Read More »
A tense, and final, Operation Finale trailer presents the true story of the Mossad’s hunt for, and capture of, Nazi officer Adolf Eichmann. Oscar Isaac and Ben Kingsley star, and based on this trailer, both of them are acting their heads off, to the point that it might end up giving you anxiety. Watch the Operation Finale trailer below.
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John Cho has long deserved a romantic leading man role after paying his dues for years in the broad comedy of Harold and Kumar and as second fiddle in action franchises like Star Trek. He even gave an underrated performance in Selfie, a surprisingly charming TV show with a terrible title. But now it seems like he’s finally been given the spotlight he deserves in the Sundance darling, Columbus.
And you can see him get that spotlight in the trailer for Columbus, which stars Cho as the son of an ailing professor and Haley Lu Richardson as the young drifting architecture enthusiast with whom he strikes up a friendship.
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