In 2019, a novel titled, “Unpregnant” published in both digital and physical format. The book is about a seventeen-year-old girl who discovers she’s pregnant. Not willing to become a mother that’ll jeopardize her chance to go to Ivy League College, she decides to go on a cross country road trip to Alburquerque, New Mexico with her best friend to get an abortion without her mother knowing. The book was eventually adapted into a film.
Unpregnant officially streamed on HBO Max in 2020. (same year Christopher Nolan’s Tenet came out) It received positive reviews from critics and streamers alike.
Barbie Ferreira (one of my favorite actresses) will reprise her role as Kat Hernandez in the upcoming second season of “Euphoria” along with Zendaya & Hunter Schafer. It’ll stream in 2022.
Today’s review contains no SPOILERS. I’ll give you streamers a chance to see Unpregnant. Keep in mind fellas, this is a short article. It’s not a complex four hour epic like Zack Snyder’s Justice League. Just a low stakes dramedy road trip.
Yay & Nay Aspects
Yay: Barbie Ferreira & Haley Lu Richardson (Split, The Edge Of Seventeen) both did a great job for their respective performances.
Other Cast Members such as Giancarlo Esposito & Breckin Meyer both did a good job for their respective performances.
Fun Fact: Breaking Bad & Better Call Saul both took place in Alburquerque, New Mexico. It’s funny because Giancarlo played Gus Fring.
Greg Berlanti (DC Comics related shows set in The Arrowverse) served as a producer courtesy of his production company Berlanti Productions.
Humor has some funny as heck moments. Especially Bailey’s snarky lines.
Chemistry between Veronica & Bailey serves as the main highlight. Their friendship moves the story forward.
Both Veronica & Bailey are “Star Trek” fans. They speak Klingon as their secret language.
Bailey’s green streaks of hair reminds me of Billie Eilish’s hair.
I know this is a controversial subject, but hear me out, Unpregnant didn’t shove any Pro-Choice agenda in my face. In fact, I’m Pro-Choice, I’m willing to accept a woman to make a difficult choice whether to keep the fetus or not. The story is actually about the friendship between Veronica & Bailey as they race against the clock for an appointment.
The Clash’s “Should I Stay Or Should I Go” is played in one scene. The song was also used in “Rugrats Go Wild,” Iron Man 2,” “Far Cry 4” & last but not least, “Stranger Things.”
A chase scene looks like something off of “Mad Max.” All it needs is Junkie XL’s high-octane soundtrack from “Mad Max: Fury Road.”
Pacing didn’t slowly drag like a slug crossing a busy road.
Nay: Cinematography can be shaky at times. Who’s in charge of filming Woody Woodpecker drinking too much Monster Energy?
Product Placement (Pee Pee for short) featuring brands such as GMC, Google, Apple, Nestle, Coca-Cola, Funyuns, Ford, & Apple.
A “we are through” cliche happened. I find this trope used in way too many buddy cop and rom-coms films. You know two people will put aside their differences and move on. Hate it when it becomes predictable.
The Final Verdict: B-
From my perspective, Unpregnant is an average dramedy road movie. If it weren’t for the we are through cliche, I would’ve given it a B. An average rating labeled as B- is fine by me. If you’re gearing up for Euphoria’s second season, give Unpregnant a try. I cannot wait for Barbie reuniting with Zendaya & Hunter Schafer. Don’t forget to stream other HBO Max movies like Zack Snyder’s Justice League, “James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad” & “King Richard.”