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The Pregnancy Pact
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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
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.
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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?
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