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Fifteen and Pregnant (1998)

Unrated | | Drama | TV Movie 19 January 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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Susan Cuscuna
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Park Overall ... Evie Spangler
Kirsten Dunst ... Tina Spangler
David Andrews ... Cal Spangler
Margot Demeter ... Laurie Walsh
Karen Trumbo Karen Trumbo ... Jane Walsh
Julia Whelan ... Rachel Spangler
Zachary Ray Sherman ... Adam Spangler (as Zach Sherman)
Daniel Kountz ... Ray Wood
Marlyn Mason ... Grandma Spangler
Katee Sackhoff ... Karen Gotatus
Tyler Gannon Tyler Gannon ... Melody
Sherilyn Lawson ... Dr. Ross
Joe Ivy Joe Ivy ... Dr. Warsaw
Rebecca Nachison Rebecca Nachison ... Mrs. Knapp
Jan Brehm ... Mrs. Crawley
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Storyline

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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Tina Spangler is about to discover just how little she knows about life... See more »

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 January 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fifteen and Pregnant See more »

Filming Locations:

Portland, Oregon, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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Goofs

When the male doctor examines Tina's belly, you can see the white pillow just before he brings down her gown. See more »

Quotes

Cal Spangler: Well I think she's braver a little more honest than all of us.
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Referenced in Bobcat Goldthwait: You Don't Look the Same Either. (2012) See more »

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A good TV movie.
5 December 2000 | by llihillohSee all my reviews

This is just an all-right movie. Nothing great, but interesting enough to watch. The cast, plot, and writing was all good, but it kept getting off track.

If this movie is about a teen pregnancy, than it should stay focused on that topic. A couple of different situations were played around with. Evie and Cal's failed marriage was a subject that should have been left out. Rachel's wanting to live with her grandmother was another topic that had no effect on the main one. It was just an easy way to fade her out during the final months of Tina's pregnancy. Stay on the topic mentioned in the title, and we might be okay.

The cast was very well put together and they worked really good as a fictional family. Kirsten Dunst was excellent in the role of Tina Spangler. I think that she's the kind of person where you can get adjusted to her in any role. As always, she is why this movie is good. Park Overall, was very good as well. She added a certain mother-like atmosphere to the movie. Dave Andrews, who kind of stood back, played a believable parent also. Julia Whelan and Zach Sherman added their parts of sibling rivalry when it was necessary.

Another thing that I didn't like about this movie is that there were too many characters. The Spangler family, grandma, Melody, Jane, Laurie, and Ray, were all given parts to where they were important parts in the movie, but it was just overcrowded. The main characters like Tina, Evie, and Cal are okay, but everyone else sort of popped up whenever those three needed to talk to somebody. Tina's boyfriend, Ray, was obviously a very important part, but he could have had a bigger role with more lines.

The writing was enjoyable to watch, but it still had something wrong with it. Maybe it was the long scenes with no point to them. The scenes with Evie and Cal were especially unnecessary.

Overall, this was a well designed, low budget movie that had its faults but was still good. Since this movie is very real, it would be good to show to teenagers who think that they are ready for a child. I'm pretty sure that they might change their mind if they knew what comes along with having a baby. There's a couple of things that I would change about Fifteen and Pregnant, but I still liked it. It was a good TV movie.


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