The Pregnancy Pact

Movie review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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TV movie tackles controversial issue of teen parenthood.
  • NR
  • 2011
  • 83 minutes

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 9 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

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 & Representations

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

Yelling and arguing. Occasional fights; arrests are made as a result.

Sex

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.

Language

Words like “bitch," “damn,” and "slut" are occasionally used.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Teens are shown buying beer. Pregnant teens are shown smoking and drinking. One teen almost drinks herself into a coma.

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 4, 6, 9, 10, 12, and 15 year old Written byNerdy_Mamma February 1, 2010
Adult Written byjmharmsen January 23, 2010

Liberal take on teen sex and abortion

Abortion is considered a viable option for pregnant teens while the movie fails to address the needs of their babies. OBVIOUS push for condom handouts to teenag... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written by96grlpowrCE January 29, 2010

Saddening and sickening...

I find it upsetting and twisted how the girls took pregnancy so lightly. Especially when one of the girls told the protagonist, "Don't be chicken!... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byLearnCommonSense February 1, 2011

Not okay.

I believe that movies like this are not appropriate because as an excuse they say they are raising "Awareness" for parents and teens about pregnacy wh... Continue reading

What's the story?

THE PREGNANCY PACT centers on Sidney Bloom (Thora Birch), an online magazine journalist who returns to her former Gloucester, Mass., high school to investigate a sudden rise in pregnancies among the town’s teens. Also concerned about the uptick is high school nurse Kim Daly (Camryn Manheim), who's actively lobbying for the distribution of contraceptives in school. Both women must deal with the opposition from many of the town’s more conservative residents, including local community leader Lorraine Dougan (Nancy Travis). While the community wrestles with the idea of whether or not to do more to publicly address teen pregnancy in school, rumors swirl about a group of sophomores -- including Dougan’s daughter, Sara (Madisen Beaty) -- and an alleged pact they made to simultaneously get pregnant.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about teen pregnancy. Why do you think teen birth rates are on the rise nationally? Do you think the media plays a role?

  • What messages does the media send about sex and sexual behavior? How do TV shows and movies tend to portray pregnant and/or sexually active teens? Are these portrayals realistic? Do you think these images glorify teen pregnancy and/or parenthood?

Movie details

For kids who love drama

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