One of our writers (Wayne) recently did an excellent Vault Review of the film Saved! In the comments of that post, one of our readers mentioned that it was her favorite film about teen pregnancy. It got the colossal collective of minds spinning here at MILF. So, we decided to bring you a list of our favorite pregnancy films.
I’ve decided not to limit this just to teen pregnancy. However, I have set up one hard parameter. The film cannot just feature pregnancy, which eliminates great films like Dawn of the Dead (2004), Parenthood and Fargo. No, pregnancy has to be featured heavily within the plot of the film. That being said, let’s dive in:
EXCLUSION: ROSEMARY’S BABY.
I’ve just never got around to watching it. Deal with it, people.
If you love good Horror films, then stick to American and Asian cinema. If you love good Horror films that feature copious barrels of blood shooting all over the screen like a sick and twisted water balloon fight, then look no further than the French. This film isn’t for the average Horror movie fan but it is a damn good Horror flick. The film revolves around a pregnant widow who is due to give birth at any second. A strange woman appears at her door and wants her baby. She terrorizes her in an attempt to take the baby at all costs. Even if she has to cut it out herself!
4. KNOCKED UP.
I feel like this film doesn’t get enough respect. It’s actually a very funny and sweet film. It just sort of falls in the shadow of The 40 Year Old Virgin which came before it and, admittedly, is a superior film. However, this film is still a great example of Judd Appatow doing what he does best which is crafting quirky comedies that have a lot of heart. My only complaint is that it might be a bit too long.
3. NINE MONTHS.
Normally, I think of Hugh Grant RomComs of the 90s and, well… UGH! Yet this film is hard not to like. I think it’s one of the most honest films you can make about the actually pregnancy experience while still molding well into a studio format film. The cast is also great featuring Julianne Moore, Robin Williams, Jeff Goldblum, Joan Cusack and Tom Arnold. What happened to Tom Arnold? He actually used to appear in some really good films… except for The Stupids… and Soul Plane… and, you know what? I just really liked True Lies.
The real life story surrounding this film is pretty grim. The director, Adrienne Shelly, was strangled to death and left to look like a suicide before the film was released and applauded by critics and film-goers alike. Not only is this a shame in the sense of what happened but for the film as well. It’s actually a very sweet comedy about a pregnant waitress/baker, in a horrible relationship, who falls for her Obstetrician played by the always lovable Nathan Fillion.
1. CHILDREN OF MEN.
Many people might think a guy picking this Action/Thriller as his number one pregnancy film is a very dude thing to do. Not so though as this is just a phenomenal film that most women I know seem to love as well. To be fair, most of the women I know are pretty awesome though. The film itself is about a world where everyone has become infertile and the human race is facing it’s extinction. Clive Owen is tasked with the responsibility of protecting, and delivering to safety, a young lady who miraculously comes to be with child. If you haven’t ever seen this film, do yourself a favor. I’ve never heard a bad word about it!
Remember, we here at Man, I Love Films don’t do definitive lists. We do our favorites and we want to hear yours. So, make sure and tell us about them in the comments section below.