And we’re at our U selection. This was a hard one. I had to change it a few times because the original movie was too heavy and long for my taste. I went ahead and chose a much more recent addition to Netflix and rather unknown, I’d think. Plus, its as far away from my NaNoWriMo plot as it can be so yay! We’re looking at Unexpected. I personally like Cobie Smulders even if I don’t watch a lot of her stuff other than that Marvel movie she was in. It was The Avengers, right? My memory, its failing everyday.
Let’s check it out!
Director: Kris Swanberg
Cast: Cobie Smulders, Gail Bean, Anders Holm, Elizabeth McGovern
An inner-city high school teacher discovers she is pregnant at the same time as one of her most promising students and the two develop an unlikely friendship while struggling to navigate their unexpected pregnancies.-IMDB
There are many cases where indie films appeal me a lot because its more human. Its a lot more about substance and performances. Unexpected is exactly one of those cases. Unexpected explores two women, one who is 30 and one in her teens getting ready for college, who both have unexpected pregnancies that disturb their life plans. While the story itself might be expected in every way but the performances of everyone here and the characters set up is especially great.
Cobie Smulders and Gail Bean are great in their roles. They are convincing as confused moms to be. They both struggle with different issues. Cobie’s character Sam struggles to let go of embracing being a mom and a stay at home one and give up the possibility of her dream career. She’s scared to accept it and make that her defining title. A very hard mother played by Elizabeth McGovern has certain expectations for her but also helps her through this. At the same time, because of her dreams feeling out of control, she tries to build a better future according to her for Gail Bean’s Jasmine. Except Jasmine seems to know exactly what type of mom she wants to be. As opposed to Sam, Jasmine knows what and who she wants to be. She’s ready to embrace being a mother. It looks like a swap in roles as Sam and Jasmine teach each other a little something in this journey of becoming moms.
Another thing that really worked for me was the relationship between Sam and her husband John. It feels real. They have an unexpected pregnancy and he does what he thinks she wants and marries her and plan for the new life. When she freaks out about it, he has a grounded mind and while for a second, it leads us to think that he wants her to just stay home, he really is just looking out at the realistic situation. They deal with things together and they go a little crazy. Its what happens where they help each other through this. The foundation of it is that a relationship, a family is build on trust and honesty and communicating what they are thinking to each other. I guess the honesty of this relationship and how the chemistry of these two actors felt so genuine that I could feel happy for them when they were.
These isn’t much to say about Unexpected because its an indie dramedy. It never gets too dramatic or is it laugh out loud funny but there are a lot of moments in this with a cast who delivers wonder performances about a simple story about unexpected pregnancies that lead to a very unexpected friendship and relationships that grow from it. I liked it for its simplicity and its genuine feelings that I got from this.
Have you seen Unexpected?