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Chew On This: Immediate Conception Coming to an End?

Chew On This: Immediate Conception Coming to an End?

Is everyone unexpectedly pregnant this holiday season? Between Juno expanding nationwide, to Knocked Up delivered in stockings on DVD, it’s a season full of surprise births. Of course, everyone has a different way of handling it. I just watched Christian Mungiu’s 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days after missing it at every festival (from Cannes to Denver). I thought it was a totally absorbing and compelling feature, that also centers around a woman dealing with an unplanned pregnancy. Add to this the real life drama of Britney Spears’ teenage sister announcing a bun in the oven, compounded by recent pregnancy news from celebs Jessica Alba and Jennifer Lopez. Did everyone decide to follow the Virgin Mary’s lead this year? Perhaps. Of all the examples I just mentioned (both real and cinematic), not a single one seemed even slightly planned or strategized. It’s a December trend, if there ever was one.

4 Months goes as far as completely taking the father out of the picture. It’s also the one example where (spoiler alert, but not really) the baby never comes (well, sort of). The Romanian drama (which I definitely recommend) will start opening wide in a few weeks. Among its arthouse competition this January: the end of the trend, with the decidedly abstinence-inducing Teeth. And you thought Ellen Page was feisty…

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