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By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Book-based romcom about teen pregnancy; cursing, drugs.

Movie NR 2017 98 minutes
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Based on the Nick Hornby novel, this movie manages to avoid the many traps and cliches so often seen in stories centered on teen pregnancy. Slam avoids preachiness and painfully forced editorializing on the topic, and finds a sweet humor in the coming-of-age imperfections of the teen characters, and of the equally overwhelmed grandparents-to-be. And while music aficionado Nick Hornby (High Fidelity, among other music-centric books) can't help but give his characters musical tastes more rooted in 1995 than 2017, it doesn't feel as if an adult screenwriter was trying to shoehorn in the relatively sophisticated musical tastes of an avid record collector onto their teen characters (Juno, ahem ahem).

The result is an honest and thoughtful exploration into what happens when teens take on the responsibility of raising a child while still growing up themselves. And so, the comedy and drama is rooted not in a "message" per se, but in the awkwardness and challenge inherent in the undertaking.

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