Movie review by
S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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So-so drama about pregnant women with very different lives.
  • R
  • 2015
  • 85 minutes

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Positive Messages

An unexpected pregnancy can definitely be a curve ball, disrupting your life plans. But that doesn't make it bad, though it may require some tough choices. Friendship can be found in unlikely places.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Samantha cares deeply about her students and goes above and beyond to help one of them negotiate the very tricky path from high school to college -- while they're both pregnant. It's a learning experience both and includes some tough lessons. But Sam's natural optimism helps them get past some significant disappointments. 


A couple embraces and kisses while undressing each other (nothing graphic shown). A woman is shown peeing on the toilet, taking a pregnancy test. 


Moderately frequent swearing includes "f--k," "s--t," "bitch," "hell," and "ass," often spoken by teens.


Samantha's Subaru is shown frequently. She visits a few well-known parenting websites, including Planned Parenthood and BabyCenter.com, on her Mac laptop. Characters are shown using iPhones, and a pregnant woman repeatedly shows a strong desire to eat Cheetos.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Unexpected follows two women with very different backgrounds -- one's a high school teacher and the other is her student -- as they both deal with unexpected pregnancies and the impact that impending motherhood has on their plans and dreams. Expect frank discussions about the challenges faced by new mothers, no matter their situation, as well as moderately frequent swearing (including "s--t" and "f--k"), often by teens. Despite the subject matter, there's not much sexual content; a couple embraces and kisses while undressing each other (nothing graphic shown), and a woman is shown peeing on the toilet while taking a pregnancy test. 

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Teen, 14 years old Written bySophia_11 July 1, 2016

Great movie!

I loved this movie, simple but with great content! The story was mature but nothing too scandalous in the actual movie. Well developed and a great idependent fi...
Kid, 11 years old August 14, 2015


Good but pretty dull and boring sometimes but it is still good.

What's the story?

Samantha (Cobie Smulders) is a science teacher at an inner city Chicago high school who's trying to land her dream job overseeing a museum's education program. Jasmine (Gail Bean) is her best student, a graduating senior who's hoping to move on to college. Both ae shocked to discover they're facing UNEXPECTED pregnancies, and both must learn how being a mother will affect their lives and their plans. 

Is it any good?

Strong, authentic performances and great chemistry between the two leads lend the otherwise tame Unexpected some spirit. Smulders and Bean rescue the movie from a straightforward script that doesn't stray from a road well-worn by other films. But rescuing a movie is one thing; elevating it is another task altogether -- and one that's too formidable for Unexpected. The juxtaposition of teacher and student, each having to learn a similar lesson but given different tools and circumstances, is rich fodder, but unfortunately, Unexpected never really lives up to its name.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the differences between Samantha and Jasmine's lives. How are they different, and how are they brought together by their pregnancies? What do they learn from each other?

  • Do you think Unexpected presents an honest look at the challenges faced by new mothers? Do you think those challenges have changed significantly in recent years?

  • Are the main characters role models? Why or why not?

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For kids who love strong female characters

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