10 Good Pregnancy Movies

Thursday, May 6, 2010 at 10:20 pm

These 10 good pregnancy movies are submitted in honor of the 50th anniversay of the birth-control pill being approved by the FDA. While the actual approval date for the pill was June 23rd, the FDA made the announcement of their impending action on May 9th, 1960. Currently, this form of contraception is used by more than 100 million women around the globe and 12 million in the United States (although only 1% of women in Japan make use of it).

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Baby Mama (2008) – Kate Holbrook (Tina Fey), an obsessive yuppie in her late thirties, wants to get pregnant. But it doesn’t look promising due to a defect in her uterus, so she turns to a crass girl from South Philadelphia named Angie Ostrowiski (Amy Poehler) to act as a surrogate mother. But when Angie shows up at her door with nowhere else to stay, Kate learns that taking care of a grown-up can be just as taxing as caring for a child. This comedy co-stars Greg Kinnear, Steve Martin, Sigourney Weaver, and Dax Shepard.

Nine Months (1995) – Hugh Grant and Julianne Moore team up as an expecting couple, although Grant’s child psychologist character gets cold feet along the way. Robin Williams is his usual manic self as a Russian OBGYN, and Jeff Goldblum takes quirky to a whole new level as Grant’s bachelor pal. Directed by Chris Columbus, the film also stars Tom Arnold and Joan Cusack as an annoying married couple with equally obnoxious children.

She’s Having a Baby (1988) – Directed by John Hughes (who also wrote and produced), this sweet film stars Kevin Bacon as a young man adjusting to married life. Elizabeth McGovern plays his wife, who throws his world into further turmoil when she decides to stop taking birth control. On an interesting note: director Kevin Smith has cited the movie as his favorite work by John Hughes.

Juno (2007) – Screenwriter Diablo Cody made a name for herself with this tale of a smartass 16-year-old (Ellen Page) who gets knocked up by her dorky pal (Michael Cera) and must decide whether to have an abortion or put the child up for adoption. She goes with the latter, but finds that this option has pitfalls all their own. Co-starring Jason Bateman, Jennifer Garner and J.K. Simmons.

For Keeps (1988) – Molly Ringwald stars in her final teen movie, this time as a high school student who becomes pregnant just before graduation. Whether working towards her diploma, getting married, or suffering from post-partum depression, critics gave Ringwald high marks for her maturity as an actress. On a less positive note, the film also marks the debut of Pauly Shore.

Lethal Weapon 4 (1998) – While Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson) and his partner, Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover), fight against the Chinese Triad, Rigg’s girlfriend (Rene Russo) is nearing her due date. That doesn’t mean she still can’t kick a little ass, though. While the main plot involves plenty of action, there’s enough attention paid to the sub-plots to include this in a list of good pregnancy movies. And fans of fight scenes won’t want to miss the two-on-one showdown between the aging heroes and an in-his-prime Jet Li.

Inside (2007) – The night before she’s scheduled to check into the hospital and give birth, a young widow (Alysson Paradis) finds herself stalked by a deranged woman (Beatrice Dalle) who wants her baby. Being the impatient type, she’s not willing to wait for her victim to go into labor, and carries a pair of scissors to help speed things up. Gory as hell, Inside is a perfect example of the recent crop of top-notch horror films being produced in France.

Where the Heart Is (2000) – A bizarre drama/romance starring Natalie Portman as Novalee Nation, a pregnant teenager who gets abandoned by her boyfriend while on a road trip and is forced to live inside an Oklahoma Wal-Mart. She meets plenty of colorful characters along the way, finds new love, and the film ends with a marriage in a Wal-Mart (something you don’t see every day). Made with female viewers in mind, the film co-stars Ashley Judd, Stockard Channing, Joan Cusack and Sally Field.

Knocked Up (2007) – After a one-night-stand ends with her getting pregnant, a career-driven entertainment reporter (Katherine Heigl) must decide whether to raise the child alone or give the father, an immature 23-year-old Canadian immigrant (Seth Rogen), a chance. A monster hit, the film was written, directed and co-produced by Hollywood sensation Judd Apatow.

Rosemary’s Baby (1968) – Roman Polanski directed this terrifying tale about a pregnant young woman (Mia Farrow) who can’t shake the feeling that something is horribly wrong with her unborn child. She’s right, of course, and the success of this film helped kick off a succession of movies about the Antichrist during the 1970s.

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