Nine Months

Movie review by
Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media
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Dated romcom is filled with profanity, sex, and stereotypes.
  • PG-13
  • 1995
  • 103 minutes

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Positive Messages

Accepting and living up to your responsibilities leads to some of life's greatest rewards. Don't throw away the best things in your life just because you're afraid of change and responsibility. Stereotypical gender roles include a man thinking his girlfriend is trying to entrap him with a pregnancy and that a woman should want an unexpected baby because it's a privilege and a miracle.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Sam starts out as self-centered, happy to maintain the status quo because his life is great just the way it is. Eventually he grows up, accepts his responsibilities, and learns to cope with and even embrace change. Rebecca has her priorities straight and is willing to go it alone if she has to. She bravely makes changes, even painful ones, when the situation calls for it. Best friends are supportive and well-intentioned, if sometimes misguided.

Violence

Occasional fights and pratfalls played for comedy. Two men fighting with a costumed children's dinosaur character throw punches, kicks, and hits with a toy bat. Sam has a couple of mildly scary dreams about being eaten by a female praying mantis. A childbirth scene involves yelling and screaming; no body parts or gore are shown, and the newborn babies look wet and gooey.

Sex

All-adult cast talks frankly about sex and reproduction issues including desire, satisfaction, birth control, menstruation, whether sex hurts the unborn baby, and more. Abortion is mentioned once. Kissing, caressing, undressing, and lying in bed are shown. A newborn is mentioned having large testicles, implying inherited masculinity.

Language

Frequent, including "s--t," "poo," "bloody hell," "a--hole," "ass," "d--k," "bastard," "goddamn," "f--k," "sucks," "penis head," "fat-ass p---y," "bitch," "wiener," "bollocks," "Jesus," "d--kbrain horses--t son of a whore," and a pun on "clitoris."

Consumerism

What to Expect When You're Expecting book shown prominently.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Adults drink wine and beer at parties and family gatherings. A woman in labor asks for drugs; a hypodermic for an epidural is shown but not administered.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Nine Months is a '90s romantic comedy about an unexpected pregnancy and the main character learning to accept responsibility and embrace change. The all-adult cast talks frequently and frankly about sex and reproduction. The only things shown are kissing, caressing, undressing, and lying in bed. A childbirth scene is played for comedy, and there's a lot of screaming, yelling, and even a fight. A couple of mildly scary dreams, also played for comedy, involve being eaten by a praying mantis. Other violence involves a cartoonish fight with a costumed dinosaur children's character. Most of the story and comedy rely on stereotypes (such as men being afraid of commitment) and dated or inaccurate depictions of pregnancy and childbirth (such as a high-speed, reckless ride to the hospital with a woman in labor). Frequent profanity includes "f--k" and "s--t" as well as such things as "d--kbrain horses--t son of a whore."

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What's the story?

When Sam (Hugh Grant) finds out Rebecca (Julianne Moore), his girlfriend of five years, is unexpectedly pregnant, he's terrified of the changes a baby will bring to his life, which is going along just fine as it is. Rebecca is nervous but excited about moving forward in life. As the pregnancy progresses, Sam continues to be distant and uninvolved. Rebecca gets fed up and decides to leave Sam and raise the baby on her own. Sam does love Rebecca and doesn't want to lose her, but are NINE MONTHS enough time for him to grow up?

Is it any good?

Nine Months is a dull, directionless movie that should have been a lot better. Especially considering its stellar cast (including supporters like Jeff Goldblum and Robin Williams), a director who would go on to turn Harry Potter into a phenomenal movie franchise, and a story based on a hit French romantic comedy.

The real problem is the weak script, which relies on old clichés about men being afraid of responsibility and women achieving fulfillment by becoming mothers and then moving these old saws and others from one sitcom moment to another. Viewers have no chance to invest in the undeveloped characters, so the attempts at "real" moments land as flat as the pratfalls. Nine Months tries awfully hard but never seems sure of what it's trying to be. The unfortunate result is that it's not much.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about attitudes toward sex and family planning. Have attitudes changed since this movie was made, or do the characters and situations seem believable?

  • Why do you think movies such as this one use so much profanity? Is it how adults really talk to each other? Is it how you talk to your friends? Is it a big deal?

  • Serious responsibility and big changes in your life can be scary for anyone. What kinds of things have you had to take on? How did you handle them?

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