fifteen and pregnant
“fifteen and pregnant” is a quality film based on a true story. The spelling of the movie on the actual box has the “F” in lowercase, so the title is not a grammatical error.
This movie is a moving story of a young woman named Tina played by Kirsten Dunst(awesome actor by the way) who becomes a mother at a much younger age than a lot would have hoped. The story starts with her dealing with the average drama any youth deals with homework and making mom happy, before she meets a boy. This story has a lot of themes and back-
drops that almost any family in America or outside of the country can relate to. Especially the themed “Am I ready for sex” avenue a lot of youths ponder as they grow with peers during school.
The story depicts the reality of unrealistic expectations of one’s self, as well as, uncompromising realities of others. Tina represents the girl that seeks approval from her boyfriend which inevitably leads to total disregard of grounded judgment. A lot of young women feel the pressure to have sex way too early in their lives and often share stories similar to that of Tina.
The mother in the story is strong, as I wish most families had the same. Maybe you and I have strong family relations, but for many that is not the case. A lot of parents are self-centered and do not take the time to tell their children of the pitfalls they have faced which only increases their child’s risk of repeating the same action. This is movie can be a great catalyst to that mom and daughter conversation that you've been putting off for way to long. By the time children are the age of 15 it’s often too late to try and educate them on the perils of underage sex so the sooner the better.
As the story progresses, Tina realizes that the dreamy boyfriend she thought she had was no more than a scared kid with drama of his own. I’m sure if Tina was able to go back in time and wait for sex until she was mature enough to handle pregnancy she wouldn't hesitate. The young woman ends up going through this epic journey with her true source of strength-family.
Didn't mean to cut the review short, but I wanted to take a second to share a few words, that is if you don’t mind?
The teenage pregnancy rate is higher than it needs to be. Can we educate our children earlier about making wise decisions regarding sex? I often see kids “kids” talking about I love him or I love her and they can’t even multiply 9x6. It may be too late for some, but if your child is still tangible, meaning that they still listen to your words- I ask will you teach them the right way?
And if your child is currently pregnant or has just had a “bundle of joy” can you be there to support them? Love them hard with wisdom and understanding. Don’t do for them what they can do for themselves, but show them how to make better decisions and achieve their goals. If it is too difficult, please link them with somebody that can let them know that they are not alone.