This is the second movie I have reviewed in 2020 that relates to women’s rights and state restrictions regarding abortion. In Eliza Hittman’s film, Never Rarely Sometimes Always, we get a stark, but realistic view of the struggles the two main characters endure in order for one of them to get an abortion. They are underage girls from rural Pennsylvania going to New York City in order to receive an abortion without parental consent. The film is uncomfortable – both visually and in tone – and it is, at times, heartbreaking. Nevertheless, it is an exceptional film and deserves your time. You can check out my review of it here.
Unpregnant is NOT the same movie; it does, however, deal with very similar subject matter. In this film, a 17-year-old girl from Missouri named Veronica (Haley Lu Richardson) discovers she is pregnant and wishes to have an abortion without her deeply religious parents knowing. Where is the closest state that will allow a 17-year-old to receive an abortion without parental supervision? New Mexico. Veronica teams up with her now-estranged childhood friend Bailey (Barbie Ferreira) to take a road trip to Albuquerque, New Mexico to have said abortion. Thus, begins a weird buddy road trip film, that also deals with a woman’s right to choose.