A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The movie highlights the importance of talking to teens about sex, abstinence, pregnancy, and birth control. It also addresses the choices that young women can make if they do become pregnant. The movie notes that not all teens are having sex.
Positive Role Models
Teens are shown choosing to get pregnant while oblivious about the real impact that choice will have on their lives. They don't tell their partners that they're trying to get pregnant. They also drink and smoke.
Violence & Scariness
Yelling and arguing. Occasional fights; arrests are made as a result.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Young girls struggle with the pressure to have sex and get pregnant. Young girls are shown getting undressed and/or getting in and out of bed (but there's no nudity). Girls are shown wearing bikinis at a pool party. Making birth control available to students is discussed, and kids are shown buying condoms. Abortion is alluded to but not directly addressed. References to statutory rape.
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Words like "bitch," "damn," and "slut" are occasionally used.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Teens are shown buying beer. Pregnant teens are shown smoking and drinking. One teen almost drinks herself into a coma.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this made-for-TV movie about teen pregnancy (which is partially inspired by an alleged real-life "pregnancy pact" in 2008) calls attention to the rising teen birth rate in the United States and addresses some of the potential reasons behind it. Although it emphasizes the need for open communication about sex, pregnancy, and the realities of being a young parent, it also depicts some of its teen characters as manipulative and oblivious; there are also scenes of teens drinking and smoking. Adult characters take both sides when it comes to issues like sex education and birth control in schools. Expect occasional strong language and some emotionally charged arguing and fighting, too. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Like many made-for-TV movies, The Pregnancy Pact has its share of theatrical moments, but it offers a chance for teens to see some frank media images of teen pregnancy and parenthood. And it offers a starting point for parents to begin -- or continue -- conversations with teens about sex, pregnancy, and the realities of parenthood.
The movie, which was partially inspired by actual events, addresses issues surrounding the escalating number of teen pregnancies in America. It underscores the need for communicating with young women about their choices when it comes to being sexually active, using contraception, and having a child at a young age. It's also strongly in favor of schools doing more to help prevent teen pregnancy.
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