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This review is from: Fifteen And Pregnant [DVD] (DVD)
Reading the reviews of this film, I am not surprised how many have commented on the fact that it does a great deal to deter teenagers from the idea of pregnancy at an early age.
This film does, however, have a few more layers than simply the after-school-special tone that you may begin to think is its main purpose. Yes, it is about teenage pregnancy, but it is also about relationships and choices and fear and depression. About, in fact, being a girl with a woman's mind-being a teenager. I was fifteen when I first saw this film, and it is true that it would help any young girls at the point in their lives where they would have to make such a weighty decision, but I never had any inclination to get pregnant, so for me the film had different connotations.
Fifteen and Pregnant delves into the fear and frustration that comes with being estranged from the people you love and live with, having relationships and trying to find the safest and strongest ground on which to raise them, and trying to find yourself enough to being able to justify yourself to others. The feelings that Tina experiences as a pregnant teenager can be translated, albeit diluted, into the feelings many young girls live through as teenagers. Only certain actresses could carry such a role with accomplishment, and Kirsten Dunst does her thing as usual, bringing her powerful yet subtle skill to a role that requires so much emotional input from her audience.
So, yes, it is true that this film has a strong voice on the issue of teenage pregnancy, but there are also deep and emotive sub-plots hovering behind, as it were, Tina's ever expanding belly.