10 Pregnant Movie Characters That Are So Accurate It's Scary
How often does art imitate life? Or should I ask, how often does art imitate an accurate depiction of life? Not often. With Instagram and social media dictating how we perceive one another, or rather, how we want the world to perceive us... things get tricky.
And with alien invasions, haunted houses or the most terrifying thing in Hollywood, lack of diversity on the big screen, it can be frustrating watching people create movies that aren't a realistic depiction of life.
So we felt compelled to put a list of 10 pregnant movie characters together in hopes that the depictions of these women, whose bodies are going through extreme changes, are celebrated. And while they might just be characters, they represent a real population of women who balance motherhood, independence, and love while bringing life into the world.
Starring: Ellen Page, Jennifer Garner, and Michael Cera.
The little movie that could! Ellen Page plays Juno, a teenager who has been accidentally impregnated by local teen, Paulie Bleeker. It's a sweet story for a tough situation but for Juno, and Jennifer Garner's character, there's a happy ending. Thanks to the heartfelt depiction of teen pregnancy, Juno doesn't sugarcoat the negative parts of pregnancy either.
2. Look Who's Talking
Starring: John Travolta and Kristie Alley
A movie where the audience gets to hear the inner thoughts of the baby! What a trip. Turns out, audiences loved this concept so much the studio made two more movies. Regardless, this 1989 comedy might still be able to make you laugh. And Kristie Alley's character, a woman whose career was her main concern, can resonate with a lot of women who might not be ready to become mothers.
3. Baby Mama
Starring: Amy Poehler and Tina Fey
A funny spin on a serious topic. Surrogates or gestational carriers are important to many women who have decided to have a baby without being pregnant themselves. And of course Amy and Tina can make us laugh all day, everyday but it's the sentiment behind the characters that make this comedic depiction of pregnancy realistic.
4. Knocked Up
Starring: Seth Rogen and Katherine Heigel
This Judd Apatow comedy is a classic. When a one night stand creates an unplanned pregnancy, comedy ensues. Sometimes life doesn't go as planned but hopefully humor can keep it light and bright.
5. Children of Men
Starring: Clive Owen and Julianne Moore
In the vein of Handmaid's Tale, in the future women are infertile except for one woman who is seeking refuge. It might be a bit heavier and outlandish than the rest of the movies on the list but it showcases how pregnancy can be important to numerous people in life. The movie also touches on controversial opinions like the notion that a woman is in charge of her own body...
6. Where the Heart Is
Starring: Natalie Portman and Ashley Judd
Natalie Portman gives birth in a Wal-Mart, what more could you want? This star-studded film is fun sweet, and heartwarming. And goes to show how strong women can be, even if they have to give birth without an epidural in a major superstore. But seriously, it shows that female relationships can be powerful and that if a partner won't step up to be a parent, a woman can do it on her own.
7. Rosemary's Baby
Starring: Mia Farrow and John Cassavetes
Less upbeat but pretty accurate depiction of childbirth. Just kidding. Mia Farrow plays Rosemary Woodhouse, a newly pregnant wife who is carrying the anti-christ. It might be outrageous and horrific but this classic movie showcases a pregnant woman, something that was rare in 1968. And to it's core, shows the strength of a mother in a time of pain and unknown.
Starring: Frances McDormand, William H. Macy, and Steve Buscemi
Another depiction of a working woman. The best part about Frances McDormand's character, besides her delightful accent, is that her pregnancy wasn't the focal point of her story. She was simply doing her job as a Fargo police chief who is hellbent on solving a crime. She just so happened to be pregnant while hunting down bad guys.
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito
Arnold Schwarzenegger is pregnant! This silly movie made me laugh my pants off in 1994 and it probably still would. Today, modern science is an incredible thing and very useful for women who want to conceive. While this is a ridiculous spin on science, it will make any pregnant woman in your life laugh thanks to the realism of morning sickness, breast tenderness, and the other great things that happen to a woman's body while pregnant. If only men could carry a baby, then let's see who wants more kids.
10. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
Starring: Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, and Cate Blanchett
Cate Blanchett plays Jane Winslett-Richardson, a reporter who follows the voyage of Steve Zissou, and who just happens to be pregnant. Cate shines in the character (as she often does) but proves that pregnancy doesn't have to be a burden. For working women, Jane's character celebrates women who go to work, kick ass, and do it while creating human life inside of her.
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