Movie Review: Unpregnant
September 16, 2020
Unpregnant came out on HBO Max on September 10th, and it’s a PG-13 movie that lasts an hour and 44 minutes. This movie goes through the struggle of a seventeen year old getting an abortion, touches on the LGBTQ+ community, and gives viewers the ride of a lifetime.
For Veronica, this unplanned situation turned her whole world upside down. She is a 17-year old young woman with a bright future ahead of her at an Ivy-League college, good friends, and an amazing boyfriend. The thing is: this pregnancy will open her mind to everything that she never noticed.
Unpregnant follows Veronica from the moment that she takes the pregnancy test on a Friday at school to the moment she goes lunch at school that Monday. Initially, it’s a bit off-putting with it beginning with her in the bathroom, unexpected, but it got better as it went along.
Bailey, her ex-best friend is the first person to know about her pregnancy, walking in during the two minutes Veronica had to wait to find out the results. Veronica is very unhappy with the situation that has risen, but more so she’s shocked because she doesn’t know how it happened, just that it did. When she gets home, the first thing she does, is google abortions in Missouri.
She soon finds out that abortions can only happen in Missouri with parental consent, which she knows won’t come from her very religious family. She concocts the plan to go to Albuquerque, the closest place where she can get the abortion without her family knowing, and then she finds out that Kevin knew all about it. Her boyfriend knew she was pregnant, had found the condom, and didn’t say a word to her, instead planning to propose to her.
Kevin is a stalker. Throughout the film, viewers will see how he somehow manages to find Veronica and try to stop her from getting the abortion, even going so far as to try to blackmail her. Bailey ends up being her savior, and her friend through this journey as they rediscover their friendship, and Veronica gets the abortion.
Veronica messes up, Bailey messes up, and everything goes downhill before righting itself again. This trip has these two discovering who they are, who they want to be, and learning more and more about each other. Veronica finds out that Bailey likes girls, and she is shocked that Bailey never told her, despite telling her family.
Bailey’s only response was to say that she didn’t want it to be spread around the whole school, but Veronica was supportive: happy, even. Plus, we got to see Bailey get her girl, even if it was just a make-out session in a funhouse at a fair. Bailey and Veronica weren’t friends when the movie began, and their relationship was rocky throughout everything that happened, but one thing is for sure: they found each other again.
Ten out of ten, I would recommend this movie because it touches on so many different topics while remaining relatable, entertaining, and tumultuous. There is a walk-through with how the abortion procedure would go down, women feeling as though they can’t make the decision to have an abortion, and the struggles that some women go through in trying to have one.