Ever since I was little, I’ve had a fascination with pregnancy. I loved the idea of becoming a mother and wanted more than anything to experience it myself… that is, without the wonderful symptoms that I’ve come to learn about with my own pregnancy…
With that I’ve always loved films about pregnancy. To be fair, a lot of the films that are around for pregnant women aren’t really realistic, but I still love them anyways and I find myself wanting to watch these films even more since I actually am pregnant. Regardless of how bizarre or far-fetched. Here’s a list of my favorite pregancy related films.
- Look Who’s Talking
I’ve watched Look Who’s Talking so many freaking times. It’s essentially a love film from the perspective of a single mother living as an accountant in New York City. She’s played by Kirstie Alley and her baby Mikey, who is voiced by Bruce Willis which although it sounds a bit odd, actually works really well. John Travolta plays a cab driver who falls into her life and acts as the film’s main love interest. I just love the chemistry between Kirstie Alley and John Travolta along with Bruce Willis’ brilliant voice acting. It’s such a sweet little love film which I’ll always find myself watching whenever it’s on tv.
Who doesn’t love a film about a sassy teenager who falls pregnant? I love Juno so much and have watched it dozens and dozens of times. Ellen Page plays the main character Juno MacGuff who becomes pregnant after her first sexual experience with her best friend Paulie Bleeker who is played by Michael Cera. Diablo Cody actually won an Academy Award for the film’s brilliant screenplay which I still quote frequently. “They call me the cautionary whale.”
- What to Expect When You’re Expecting
Granted this isn’t the greatest film in the world, but What to Expect When You’re Expecting does have its moments. I especially love the way they handle miscarriage in this film, however, it might be a bit hard for people who have gone through miscarriage before to watch. There are some pretty funny moments in this with Elizabeth Banks and Rebel Wilson.
- Where the Heart Is
I’ll be the first to admit, this film is pretty corny, but there’s something really charming about this flick. Based on a book of the same name, Where the Heart Is focuses on the story of a girl named Novalee Nation whose life is turned upside down when she’s abandoned at a Walmart by her boyfriend, pregnant, and hundreds of miles away from home. Novalee is played by Natalie Portman with appearances from Ashley Judd and Stockard Channing. There are some very serious moments regarding domestic abuse in this film so be wary, but overall there’s a lovely feeling of hope that comes from watching this film. Plus it just really makes me miss America.
- Away We Go
This is one of my all time favorite films. Away We Go is a film by Sam Mendes who is responsible for some incredible work including American Beauty and Revolutionary Road. Away We Go is a lot less serious compared to a lot of his other work and it follows the story of a couple who are pregnant and desperately looking for a new place to live before the birth of their baby. Starring Maya Rudolph and John Krasinski, there’s just so many adorable moments in this film. It’s another one that I’ve quoted significantly while pregnant.
- Knocked Up
Depending on your sense of humor, I suggest Knocked Up. Some people don’t really like how it portrays women as being neurotic (*cough Katherine Heigl cough*), but hell, I’ve had many “emotional” moments already during my pregnancy. I cried during the sequel Hobbit film. Cried like a baby on a plane. Claiming that some of us don’t suffer from some unhinged moments while pregnant is just… well… crazy. Anyways, it’s about a couple who get pregnant after a one night stand and decide to try and stick together throughout their pregnancy. Overall it’s very silly and has Paul Rudd. I swear I’m not swooning
- 9 months
I remember when 9 Months came out. I was about 6 at the time and it wasn’t really one that I was allowed to watch as I was so young, but once I was old enough to watch it, I’ve loved it ever since. It’s about a couple who find out that their having a baby and how they deal with the process of becoming parents. Hugh Grant’s character is significantly less ready for the baby than his wife played by Julianne Moore (who I absolutely LOVE), so he goes through a bit of a midlife crisis which makes for some pretty silly moments.
Alright, if you know the show by the same name, Parenthood the film is the original. It stars Steve Martin and has a whole cast of other very famous actors all going through very different experiences with children. I just always loved this film from when I first watched it as a kid. Probably not a film I shouldn’t have watched so young, but my mom had a bit of a crush on Keanu Reeves. Can’t really blame her.
- Riding In Cars With Boys
I was OBSESSED with Riding in Cars with Boys after I first watched it. Nearly freaked when I found out that the main character, Beverly Donofrio (who is a real person and wrote the book of the same name) was teaching at the University I had gone to. Sadly, I was already graduated and in the UK by the time she was teaching there, but anyways. This film is about a teenager (seems to be a theme here) who gets pregnant in the 1950s and has to drop out of school and try to rebuild her life while trying to raise her son. It stars Drew Barrymore and it’s actually probably my favorite performance of hers ever. It’s also just crazy to see how up and down her life was and so nice how she turned it all around.
And finally, here’s Saved! I’ll admit, I watched this film for the first time maybe 2 or 3 years ago (it was originally released in 2004). This again follows the story of a teenager named Mary who is played by Jena Malone who gets pregnant on summer break from Catholic School. Although it follows the same motif as the other teenage pregnancy films on this list, this one is a bit sweet and naiive as Mary is unaware that sex can lead to pregnancy. She becomes pregnant after attempting to “save” her boyfriend who finds out that he’s gay which is considered unacceptable by the standards of Mary’s community. It has some really silly moments throughout and also features Mandy Moore, Macaulay Culkin and, one of my favorite actress’ of all time, Mary-Louise Parker.
Hope that my list offers some of you guys some watching material for a while. Like our list? Know of any other pregnancy/parenthood related films that you’d like to share? Leave a comment below!