Dated romcom is filled with profanity, sex, and stereotypes.
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A Lot or a Little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
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?
- In theaters: July 12, 1995
- On DVD or streaming: April 17, 2001
- Cast: Hugh Grant, Julianne Moore, Tom Arnold, Jeff Goldblum, Robin Williams
- Director: Chris Columbus
- Studios: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, 1492 Pictures
- Genre: Comedy
- Topics: Friendship
- Run time: 103 minutes
- MPAA rating: PG-13
- MPAA explanation: Language and sexual innuendo
- Last updated: November 20, 2022
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