Directed by Kris Swanberg
Starring Cobie Smulders, Gail Bean, Anders Holm, Elizabeth McGovern and Robyn Coffin
An inner-city high school teacher discovers she is pregnant at the same time as one of her most promising students and the two develop an unlikely friendship while struggling to navigate their unexpected pregnancies.
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★★★★ review by Tasha Robinson on Letterboxd
This film lives up to its name in so many ways, as a story about two pregnant women — a well-off white teacher and a black teenager in her class — who become friends and bond over their shared experience. There are so many ways this film could have gone wrong, and Kris Swanberg seems to be aware of all of them, and actively working against being sentimental, or patronizing, or facile, or insulting, or clichéd, or easy. It winds up more as that rarest of cinematic stories, a film about an actual friendship between women. Very low-key, but very enjoyable, and actually funny.
★★★★ review by teradactylia on Letterboxd
Well this was absolutely lovely ❤️️
Like what a wholesome, honest, sympathetic and wonderful film. The relationship between Sam and John is positive, strong and most importantly realistic and Sam's fears about losing her identity to motherhood are handled perfectly. Then there's Jasmine whose character is a breath of fresh air - an intelligent, responsible and self assured teen! So great to see especially given that she's an all too rare positive representation of teenage mothers.
Also the friendship between Sam and Jasmine is so pure and supportive, I love it. More stories about women supporting women in upcoming cinema please and thank you!
★★★½ review by Panta Oz on Letterboxd
An interesting video on demand movie - a drama written by Kris Swanberg and Megan Mercier, starring Cobie Smulders as a 30-ish years old teacher at an inner city Chicago high school who unintentionally becomes pregnant. At the same time, one of her best students, Jasmine (Gail Bean), is also unexpectedly pregnant, and they establish unusual bond through the planning of their futures.
Smulders didn't have to fake anything in this movie because she was pregnant herself during the shooting of the film, and all of her doubts or insecurities about being a mother and bringing a life into this world where portrayed the best possible way. Another acting praise goes for the newcomer Gail Bean, which can steal the show portraying a whip smart teen, Jasmine. That performance of Jasmine was very strong and show us wisdom beyond her years...
I enjoyed it.
★★★★★ review by Matt on Letterboxd
If I could be reincarnated into any family, I'd either want to come back as the third Duplass brother or the son of the Swanbergs.
★★★★ review by Sheryl (Archive) on Letterboxd
Sometimes the simplest films are the most effective ones. Unexpected completely had me from start to finish, with a story that actually deals with the struggles of potential motherhood in a sensitive way, without the typical arguments portrayed in a typical way. I laughed. I cried. I loved.
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