A 17-year old Missouri teen named Veronica discovers she has gotten pregnant, a development that threatens to end her dreams of matriculating at an Ivy League college, and the career that will follow.
The tone is set early as we see our lead Kate find out she is pregnant and the craziness that ensues of who saw the test and who didn’t see the test, reputations are at stake, and consequences are huge.
I want to talk about how much Men are awful human beings and mainly talking about how Kevin was aware of the condom breaking and didn’t say anything about it and had this preconceived idea he was going to lock down Veronica forever.
The friendship between Bailey and Veronica carries the film, and they have amazing chemistry, which results in great banter between the two. These two used to be best friends, and now after growing apart as they got older, they were on the outs, and now they are trying to piece together their friendship while also trying to find a way to get Veronica closure.
We see an interesting turn of event where our lead and her friend run into some pro-life people, and shit goes crazy. We have a hilarious chase sequence here that was funny and shows Breckin Meyer and how hilarious he is, and this leads to one of the funniest one-liners that I will laugh about forever: ‘This is why you always choose the ride from the hot lesbian.’
We get a very powerful moment from our Veronica talking about choice, and how it’s absolutely absurd how women don’t have it and how they can birth a child without parental consent but can’t get an abortion without parental consent.
I want to sidebar and just say that this is absurd to even imagine that we live in this cruel world where people just want to control what women do with their bodies. We have got to change the perception of this and stop letting these Men dictate women’s choice.
The story comes full circle that sees Haley Lu Richardson who just becomes a star in front of our eyes puts the finishing touches on a heartfelt performance closing the film with this emotional moment with her mom. Richardson is a damn star and it was amazing to watch this acting display she put on.
Rachel Lee Goldenberg directed a film that packed a powerful message about the women and how they should have their right to choose. Haley Lu Richardson becomes our star in front of our eyes with a powerful performance in this pivotal role.
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