A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Here courtrooms are frivolous, judges are stupid, and attorneys care nothing about evidence or reality.
Positive Role Models
Characters seem oblivious to the way real life works. A Lamaze partner doesn't show up for the birth. A woman talks to her dead father on a park bench. A woman hires a lawyer she meets at a coffee shop without checking his reputation and credentials.
Black and White people are friends.
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"S--t," "bitch," "damn," "hell," "pee," "screw," "crock," and "balls."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Lawyers have clients who were arrested for DUIs. Someone is said to be a smoker offscreen. Adults drink alcohol. A character is said to have been high often when in high school. A pregnant woman orders an alcoholic drink but is given a soda instead.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Wedding Pact 2: The Baby Pact is a sequel to 2014's The Wedding Pact. A pregnant woman whose young husband has just died is sued for custody of her yet-to-be-born child by the dead husband's mother. This is meant to be a comedy, but the only humor comes from the filmmakers' errors. Language includes "s--t," "bitch," "damn," "hell," "pee," "screw," "crock," and "balls." Lawyers refer to DUI cases. Someone is said to be a secret smoker. Someone used to get high in high school. There's nothing racy to discourage young viewers, but there's nothing insightful, interesting, or original here that will in any way attract them, either. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
In The Wedding Pact 2: The Baby Pact, the unlikely "wedding pact" that brought Elizabeth and her husband together was implausible enough. The baby pact of this title isn't even a pact, a fact that sets the confused, slow, boring, and incompetent tone going forward. Why does no one describe how the young husband died? What's the big secret? Who would ever hire a lawyer (Connor Trinneer) who offers his unsolicited services in a coffee shop without vetting him first? How come the friend who goes to Lamaze classes with Elizabeth only shows up after the birth? Why does the judge (Kevin P. Farley) talk to a hand puppet while conducting a potentially life-changing hearing? And did no one edit this movie and catch several major gaffes, including the lawyer who argues that granting custody of a baby to the mother-in-law would be in the "best interest of the court." The court? A minute later, opposing counsel pretends to be quoting but changes the remark entirely as "the best interest of the child."
A woman has a long talk with her dead father played by Richard Riehle, and that actor, playing a dead guy, gives the only competent performance in the film. Two people we've never seen before show up in the hospital room after the birth. Who are they? Even if they were characters in the earlier film, they still need to be introduced here. If there are teens anywhere on earth who might express interest in this, they would do far better exploring films that reflect at least some semblance of the way human beings behave in actual life.
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