Unpregnant

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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 »

Valley Girl Music Video

Valley Girl is a 1983 romantic comedy starring Julie Richman as the title character, who has good looks, popularity, and a handsome, cool boyfriend. The only problem is Tommy is kind of a douchebag, so after a trip to the mall with her friends, she decides to break up with him and falls for a Hollywood punk named Randy, making for a star-crossed lovers kind of story loosely inspired by Romeo and Juliet. Now the movie is being remade as a poppy musical starring Jessica Rothe (Happy Death Day), and a new Valley Girl music video shows us just how upbeat and vibrant this remake will be. Read More »

Unpregnant Movie - Haley Lu Richardson

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 »