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 »