Too Young to Be a Dad (2002)

TV Movie  |  Unrated  |   |  Drama  |  10 June 2002 (USA)
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When 15-year-old Matt Freeman gets 15-year-old Francesca pregnant, their parents decide to put the unborn baby up for adoption. Matt agrees to the decision, but later begins to rethink it. This movie shows the father's point of view.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Susan Freeman
Matt Freeman (as Paul Franklin Dano)
Francesca Howell
Dan Freeman
Alex Freeman
Dr. Howell
Juliana Howell
Martha Irving ...
Hanna Berg
Mrs. Bennett
Zach Marshall
Mauralea Austin ...
Lorrie Kline
Juanita Peters ...
Grace Chapman
David Christoffel ...
High School math teacher


Businessman Dan Freeman and his wife, teacher Susan, realized their brat daughter Alex (19) wouldn't do well in life, but expect better from model son Matt, an honor student. Yet classmate Francesca Howell, daughter of an MD, seduces him to sex and gets pregnant. Unlike the much richer Howell family, who insists on adoption and financial help, Matt wants to take responsibility and is prepared to any sacrifice. Gradually his parents' protective attitude matures into understanding support, some of which even rubs off on Alex. Written by KGF Vissers

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When Francesca is getting sick in her bathroom, and her dad realizes she's pregnant, you can clearly see the padding under her shirt. See more »


Dan Freeman: Are you sure son? It's for life.
Matt Freeman: It's already for life, dad.
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Maybe Best Made-for-TV Movie Ever
7 January 2007 | by (Northeastern Pennsylvania) – See all my reviews

This movie is so unusual and so good it actually presents a problem. Since you can only talk about it in superlatives, it'll seem as if you have a political interest in the issue of teen pregnancy. I'm not married, never had kids, am not an activist in this arena on either side of the fence.

I watched it because Paul Dano's performance is mesmerizing...but then so are the performances of everyone in the cast. The script is so true-to-life, it's achingly realistic.

If I could, I'd buy this for a child of either gender who has or is about to reach puberty. More than anything, Too Young to Be a Dad shows the incredibly powerful feelings involved in procreation and how different they are from the incredibly powerful hormones involved in too-youthful premarital sex.

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