There's a lot to say about this movie. Overall, it was good. But it had a happy ending and I'm afraid that's what people -- especially teen girls who think having a baby would be fun -- will remember the most vividly afterward. The movie starts out well enough. 15-year-old Tina (Kirsten Dunst) becomes pregnant by her boyfriend, Ray. And for the first half of the movie, it's all "poor Tina." Ray leaves, Tina gets morning sickness, Tina moans about gaining weight, Tina causes her family to plunge into even more despair. (The household is already in shambles since the dad moved out prior to the pregnancy and Tina's two siblings decide to live with him.) Meanwhile, we see snatches of the life of Tina's friend Lori, also a teen mother, who is now a college student with a whiny two-year-old and struggling to make ends meet. Tina has to quit soccer, Tina gets stretch marks, Tina has to go to special school, Tina's mom yells at her . . . and on and on. Then, toward the end of the movie, things turn around. Her parents come to accept the pregnancy and even treat Tina like a queen (much to the anger of Tina's little sister, played by the talented Julia Whelan). When she finally has the baby, everyone is all smiles. It sends mixed messages. But anyway, this is not Dunst's finest performance, though she's a jewel in every part she plays. She brings life to the drab Tina character and makes this movie worthwhile. Otherwise, I'd say, forget it.
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