Pregnancy can be the most exciting event of a couple’s or individual’s life or the most terrifying, depending on the situation and the character’s feelings towards it. Although sometimes unwanted, sometimes not possible, sometimes involuntary, the birth of a child is one of the most beautiful episodes of one’s existence as it is the creation of new life, of a new generation and of the continuity of a family, of people and of the world. Pregnancies occur often during the storylines of many films, varying in genre, length, depth or style but it is different when they focus on pregnancy as the main theme driving the plot forward.
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One such movie dealing with the challenges of pregnancy is ‘Knocked Up’. It is a film that’s fresh and humorous which makes predicable a good and relieving thing when aiming for a feel-good, relaxing film. “Knocked Up” takes a comedic look at the pregnancy process between a man and a woman…who truly did not consciously plan the baby and who actually don’t even know each other. The child in Alison’s belly is the fruit of a one-night-stand with party-animal Ben, after her job promotion celebration took a step further than she was expecting. However they both pull it together and by overcoming obstacles on the way, start to get to know each other in this joint adventure. From the same director as “The 40 Year Old Virgin”, this film promises laughs and giggles, funny vulgarity and complete characters, not to mention that it has a lot of heart showing sweetness and emotion over the subject. Here’s the list of films similar to ‘Knocked Up’ that are our recommendations. You can watch some of these movies like Knocked Up on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.
1. Junior (1994)
This hilarious comedy is worth a watch for its original twist at the regularity of pregnancy and its amazing cast consisting of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Danny DeVito and Emma Thompson, amongst others. For the sake of a scientific experiment, a geneticist (Schwarzenegger) decides to secretly impregnate himself and carry an unborn child from a donated ovum named “Junior”, making him the first pregnant man of the world. The comedy of seeing him turn into a woman (to a certain extent) and feel the pregnancy symptoms makes it all the better and funnier considering the contrast of the usual buffed and brawny image we have of the ex-bodybuilding actor playing the role. A charming and light-hearted comedy that takes pregnancy and turns it upside down through Ivan Reitman’s directions.
2. Generation (1969)
This pretty unknown 1969 film stars Kim Darby as a young woman named Doris Bolton who is nine months pregnant and almost ready to deliver. Together with her photographer husband, they decide they want the delivery of the baby to occur in the most natural form possible, against the standards of society, at home, with no drugs, doctors or external help. This decision shocks and worries Doris’ businessman father who immediately flies to New York in order to attend and help this unconventional childbirth. “Generation” is a charming and amusing piece of work depicting the encounter of different characters, enchanting the screen with funny lines, on the most important event of life : the birth of a child and of a new generation.
3. Shelley (2016)
This Danish horror film is probably not the best choice for any pregnant women out there at the moment, but a true delight for the chilling-atmosphere-seeking viewers. The strange and mysterious mood set out all along the story has a powerful consistency and the isolating tension is injected under the skin with its slow-paced storyline. Although vague, it gives space to the viewer’s interpretation and contains a message through its characters that is important to notice. So, what is it all about? The story is simple and observes how a couple living in a lake-house welcome their new Romanian maid and later ask her if she’s willing to carry the wife’s child, as she’s not physically capable of doing so, in exchange of a paidapartment for the maid and her 5-year-old son. She accepts, however things seem to become strange around the house and inside herself.
4. Waitress (2007)
Jenna is a nice-looking young lady who leads a rather stagnated and unhappy life at the side of an arrogant and controlling husband. She works as a waitress in a diner in the American South where she also spends her time inventing new pies with funny names she comes up with, inspired by the events of her life. One of those events changes the course of her dead-end lifestyle and that’s the unwanted pregnancy she unexpectedly ends up with. After deciding upon keeping it, she also starts an affair with her married doctor. In the end, all she really wants is to find happiness, and she sure deserves it. A wonderful, light-hearted, feel-good film that will bring you a storytelling adventure along honest, flawed and simply human characters!
5. What To Expect When You’re Expecting (2012)
This light comedy is a simple and entertaining watch on the different processes and outcomes of pregnancies. Without having the need to dive into complexity, it introduces its audience with five different couples who in a way or the other interconnect, wether through family bonds or simple street encounters. With some hilarious performances and predictable delights, this simple concept shows us that things might not follow as predicted or as wished, however these change of plans might lead into different and perhaps better directions. As painful or easy a pregnancy might be, the beauty of bringing a child into the world remains unquestionable. With a funny cast that includes Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Elizabeth Banks and many others, one thing’s for sure : pregnancy at its best is found in here!
6. 17 Girls (2011)
Based on a real-life story that happened in a Massachusetts high-school back in 2008, this film’s story follows the pregnancies of 17 teenage girls who decide to all become pregnant at the same time after one of them does so accidentally. They all come from a home in which they feel disconnected or ignored by their parents and in order to secure this lack of love and interest, come to believe a child is the right solution for their lives. The film looks at this story from a certain distance as the understanding of each character’s actions might not even truly be understood by the characters themselves. They are young girls who avoid the realistic matters of life and take the birth of a child as something less serious as it really is. An impulsive collective decision that, we’ll see does not end up like the dream they had planned for. However it gives us the opportunity to see a different perspective and form of the pregnancy phase of a woman, or should i say, women.
7. Saved! (2004)
This sweet coming-of-age comedy is funny, smart and above all very entertaining. As some might say, it is a respectfully treated satire embedded in the whole teenage school ambience, promoting in the end tolerance and acceptance of each other’s differences and beliefs. Set in an American Christian High School, we’re faced with Mary’s conflictual situation when her perfect boyfriend admits to her his realisation of being gay, which she accidentally hits her head to as a response and receives a message from Jesus where she’s told she must help him in all possible ways. Interpreting it in a certain way, she gives up her virginity to “lead him back” into heterosexuality, only to find herself pregnant later on, after her boyfriend has been sent to a Christian treatment centre. Now she’s faced with a secret she must hide in order to protect herself from all sorts of problems, as we can imagine, from an environment like this one.
8. Away We Go (2009)
This charming and moving comedy drama takes us on a journey with Verona and Burt, two very nice people of the 30’s, who discover that they are pregnant and face the questions asked by each couple to expect their first child. In order to discover the best area to create your family and raise your child, they choose to take the first stop on a trip through North America with Phoenix, Arizona. They encounter and meet a range of persons and families who discreetly instruct kids to discover their own route and answer questions. A lovely movie where a child’s creation goes to an odyssey of life, with shocks and misadventure, which enhances, healthier and happier his ultimate destination.
9. Where The Heart Is (2000)
Novalee Nation is a 17 year-old pregnant woman travelling to California with her lover Willie Jack, but is being left by him at the Sequoyah, Oklahoma, Wal-Mart shop. Since she has no work, no skills and just $5,55 in her pocket, it is up to her daughter Americano to live discreetly in Wal-Mart. This is an outstanding picture with a young Natalie Portman based on the best-selling novel by Billie Letts. She proved at this time already how talented she is and how good her future is. The evolution of her character is fantastic, although Director Williams should have spent more time on some of the characters to support it. “Where The Heart Is” is a lovely and sentimental novella.
10. A Happy Event (2011)
A French-Belgian love, life and maternity drama. Barbara and Nicolas decide, in perfect relation and in the middle of a thriving romance, that it is time to have a baby. However, thinking this will add only to their happiness, because the birth of a child will disrupt the bond between the couple and conflicts with their tranquil and problematic lives. A universal story written through the characters’ eyes themselves, with an honest representation of life. The film is lovely in visual form, but it can also be shown by its basic yet true and true plot, in which pregnancy is the most obvious thing in the world, however as natural as the positive and sometimes negative emotions or feelings to it.
11. Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
Polanski’s horror masterpiece, which dare not anyone in the room feel upset and disturbed by the indomitable strength that leads or should I say that forces us from the start to the conclusion, is the must for all the world’s moviemakers and horror enthusiasts. But what does pregnancy have to do? Well, all really, because that’s exactly what moves this plot ahead. The concept is taken up by “Rosemary’s Baby” and transformed into one with a sad destiny due to the circumstances. On the other hand, it deepens a mother’s love for her unborn child and physically and emotionally strengthens this close relationship. Rosemary is a young naive woman who moves with her husband Guy to a New York City apartment and soon falls pregnant with her first kid. She soon noticed, however, that her friendship with the elderly neighbors was particularly weird and that she felt the safety of her unborn kid was neurotic. This is certainly not a film for pregnant women.
12. Juno (2007)
Ellen Page is notable in this new-age movie that has conquered the world with its beautiful comedy which presents a serious and honest story about the people that we can truly face in the real world. To the soothing lovely music of “All I wish is you” by Barry Louis Polisar, we follow the lives of Juno, a sixteen-year-old teenager who discovers that she is pregnant with Paulie, her long-standing innocent friend, performed by outstanding Michael Cera. A video that inspires an inspired choice and a personal perspective makes her decide to leave her child for adoption, a soft couple who cannot procreate. Written well, this novel introduces the public realistically and lets the characters talk for themselves and decide in these nine months of pregnancy that they think are right, as we all do in our everyday lives.