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Fifteen and Pregnant (1998)

Based on a true story, 15 year old Tina Spangler discovers she is pregnant. Her choices are abortion, adoption, or a lonely, exhausting life as a single parent. Abandoned by her boyfriend, ... See full summary »

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Evie Spangler
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Tina Spangler
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Cal Spangler
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Laurie Walsh
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Jane Walsh
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Rachel Spangler
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Adam Spangler (as Zach Sherman)
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Ray Hood
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Grandma Spangler
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Karen Gotarus
Tyler Gannon ...
Melody
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Dr. Ross
Joe Ivy ...
Dr. Warsaw
Rebecca Nachison ...
Mrs. Knapp
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Mrs. Crawley
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Based on a true story, 15 year old Tina Spangler discovers she is pregnant. Her choices are abortion, adoption, or a lonely, exhausting life as a single parent. Abandoned by her boyfriend, she turns to her mother. Tina discovers although it has torn her world apart, her pregnancy could re-unite her shattered family and help her find her true purpose in life. Written by Anonymous

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When Caleb is born, his umbilical cord is not attached. After it is 'cut' there is no clip or remaining piece on his navel, it's completely bare. See more »

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Melody: His name's Andrew which means strong but he looks kinda weak doesn't he.
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A bit too lax on the difficulties of being a teen mother
17 May 2006 | by (Dundee, Scotland) – See all my reviews

'Fifteen and Pregnant' is a made-for-TV film clearly aimed at warning teenage girls (and boys) that unprotected sex is a big no-no but while it is an enjoyable film in itself about how families must pull together, it just isn't hard-hitting enough to get the message across.

Kirsten Dunst is in the role of fifteen-year-old Tina, who ends up pregnant after losing her virginity to her lay-about boyfriend. Of course, despite his promises, he quickly takes off as Tina's bump begins to grow leaving her to cope with the dual difficulties of teen pregnancy and single motherhood. Meanwhile, Tina's family are left reeling with the news that their teenage daughter is about to make them grandparents.

The film did raise the interesting point of how younger children feel when their teenage siblings fall pregnant as well as depict the shock, shame and worry parents are left languishing in at such news. However, it would have been far more effective as a teaching tool had Tina had a harder time of things (she was lucky that she had a supportive family, something not all teen mothers will have) and had we been able to see her cope with the sleepless nights and endless crying when the baby finally arrived.

That said, it would probably was quite effective in some way in showing teens of the Ninties that a baby at fifteen is not like caring for a doll. However, to be quite honest, to have an impact in today's schools, Tina is a bit old for a teenage mother. I imagine in a couple of years time, this film will be re-made with a pre-teen moppet cast in the role of Tina and be re-named 'Twelve and Pregnant'.


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