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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Adoption is a major theme, with characters both in favor and opposed to it. Movie's position is ultimately pro-adoption; it argues that passing down "who we are to each other" is more important than passing down physical traits.
Positive Role Models
At the very end, Amy and Bob appear to be good role models, doing their best to love and raise several adopted children, but their struggle to get there includes many mistakes, arguments, and iffy behavior. A character learns that loving others is better than taking Zoloft.
Amy (Anna Camp) and Shirlee (Ryann Shane) are fairly strong female characters in a movie that's otherwise filled with White men. One of Bob's (Joseph Mazzello) many therapists is a Black woman, but her character isn't well developed -- in fact, her presence is made to feel more like some kind of visual joke. There's a loving interracial marriage between a White woman and an Asian man.
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Violence & Scariness
Characters die; one dead body is shown on the operating table ("massive heart attack" mentioned). Another dies off-camera. A character tries to hang himself with a rope; another saves his life. Screaming, arguing. Smashing wooden railing with sledgehammer. Bandaged fingers from rabbit bites.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A young couple kiss, with one straddling the other and asking "wanna do it?" He replies that he doesn't have a condom, so she makes him wear plastic food wrap instead (it doesn't work). Married couple hugs, lies in bed together. Dialogue about "the pill, diaphragms, and rubbers."
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Infrequent uses of "s--t," "bitch," "damn," "oh God," "God yes," "butt," "tramp." "God!" shouted angrily; exclamatory use of "Jesus."
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Products & Purchases
Dairy Queen mentioned prominently and shown in a montage.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A man is prescribed Zoloft; the dose is continually increased, though viewers never see him taking it. Characters get high from unknowingly eating cookies baked with pot. A character asks whether another character smokes. Mentions of cocaine, heroin, crystal meth.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Unexpected is an overwrought dramedy about a couple (Anna Camp and Joseph Mazzello) dealing with infertility who begin to consider adoption. A young couple kiss, with a woman straddling a man. She initiates sex, and they decide to use plastic food wrap when the man doesn't have a condom (it doesn't work). There's additional sex-related dialogue, as well as infrequent use of language including "s--t," "bitch," "damn," "oh God," and "Jesus." Characters get high after unknowingly eating cookies baked with pot. A character takes Zoloft, and his dose is continually increased; there are also verbal references to other drugs. A character dies on the operating table from a massive heart attack, characters scream at each other and fight, and a man tries to hang himself with a rope (he's saved). A man bashes down a wooden railing with a sledgehammer. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Despite likable performances, this dramedy ultimately disappoints, feeling irreparably split between its comedy sequences -- which always feel a bit off -- and its overwrought dramatic bits. Some of the humor in Unexpected feels like it ought to have hit big, including Bob's quirky therapy sessions, his brief foray into reviewing World Music, Amy binging on fruit, a sequence involving pot-loaded cookies, and a rabbit's path of destruction, but it all lands soft, with nary a chuckle. On the other hand, the tricky material involving Bob and Amy's infertility and their arguments over adoption wobble between hysterical (Camp, of the Pitch Perfect movies, gets to scream many, many times here) and uncomfortable without being especially revealing. Camp is bright and plucky, even while her character spins a bit wild, and Mazzello is a sweet everyman, but it's Flynn who comes the closest to getting laughs thanks to the wry, grumpy persona he developed in Scrubs. But Unexpected even manages to dull that cutting edge.
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