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ICYMI HBO Max’s latest film, Unpregnant, premiered today and our community is obsessed!!! The film follows ex-best friends, played by Haley Lu Richardson and Barbie Ferreira, who embark on an epic road trip from Missouri to New Mexico. After a pregnancy test delivers a positive result, Richardson’s character discovers she can’t get an abortion in her home state without her parents’ permission. After some convincing, Ferreira agrees to join her on this journey to taking big decisions into their own hands.
In honor of the film’s release, we’ve launched our first ever community critics feature, where real college women had the opportunity to review the movie. So grab your popcorn and read on to hear what they thought!
“I loved the film because it was a unique coming of age movie where the focus wasn’t on love or romance but instead a wholesome type of friendship, love, and women’s’ empowerment! I would watch this movie with my best friends!! I want it to serve as a message to them that our friendship is like theirs and I would go thousands of miles anywhere with them if they had an emergency and also would stand by their side no matter what happens and stand up for them.”
Roxanne Fong, University of California Irvine
“I love this movie! It highlighted so many of my values as a woman and a person. It was a reminder about friendships, enjoying the journey itself rather than being fixated on the destination, and acceptance. It made me feel like I can put myself into Veronica’s shoes and I would feel all her frustrations. I can see so much of myself in her and I’m sure a lot of women out there can! I definitely encourage you to watch the movie especially in late teens to early twenties. Choices, decisions, communication, acceptance, and a lot more. I would absolutely rewatch.”
Sharmaine Parrenas, New Jersey Institute of Technology
“I loved this movie, my favorite take away from it was that people that love and care about you will be there for you no matter what your friendship has been through. Never let those friends go even if it means the “popular” kids won’t like you anymore. That friendship is one you should never let go of. I want to text all my old friends and re-connect, I want everyone to know I will always be here for them no matter what.”
Taylor Pullan, Farmingdale State College
“I loved this film! I’ve been a fan of Barbie Ferreira since her Tumblr days in 2014 and it’s so incredible to see her star in her first feature film. That’s not the only reason why I love it, though — it was written and directed by a woman, which is so important considering the film centers around reproductive rights and strong female friendships. I loved the educational aspects of the film as well as the queer representation. I’d recommend this movie to any young woman. Although it was fictional, it was educational and opened my eyes about reproductive rights and how the law isn’t always on our side. Whether you’re pro-life or pro-choice, I feel like this film would impact you in ways you wouldn’t even imagine.”
Samantha Olson, University of Central Florida
“Unpregnant was beautifully written, directed, and filmed. From the real unfiltered scenes to the comedic relief, it is crafted in a way that can resonate with so many people! I loved the way the friendship was built back and in the end, Veronica finally stayed true to herself. I absolutely loved this movie because it was raw, comedic, powerful and so necessary!!! I think it was a perfect way to get the message across about “my body my choice” and people are going to love it. I would recommend this movie to all of my gal pals! It was such a good movie that promotes female empowerment, love, and friendship.”
Nylah Boone, Georgia Institute of Technology
“I loved this movie because it promoted women’s empowerment and women having the ability to make their own decisions for their own bodies. I enjoyed the acting and the comedic relief throughout the movie. It took me through a rollercoaster of emotions and made me realize that you should always be transparent with your close friends and family because chances are they will be supportive of your decisions and help you throughout the way. I appreciate how the movie explained the process of abortion thoroughly, which is not commonly taught as it should be.”
Shivani Naik, Rutgers University
Join HBO Max here to stream Unpregnant and many other amazing movies and shows, today!