REVIEW: ‘Unpregnant’ normalizes abortion through the lens of a female director

first_imgIn the clinic Veronica makes eye contact with another young girl and the two share a soft smile. The moment is meaningful to both Veronica and the girl and provides Veronica with a sense of ease.  The film chronicles the story of a typical Missouri teen Veronica (Haley Lu Richardson) from a religious family who embarks on an quest for an abortion with her last resort, her punk rock former best friend. From the moment Veronica’s pregnancy test reads positive, she’s set on her decision to get an abortion. The only problem? In Missouri, parental consent is required. Genre: Comedy, Drama “Unpregnant” is also also a timely cultural commentary in the current battle for reproductive rights. The film is sure to fill your heart with angst as you root for the main character to rekindle her friendship with Bailey and get her abortion.  In a moment of panic, Veronica drops the pregnancy test, and it slides out of the high school bathroom stall. Who should pick it up but Veronica’s former best friend Bailey (Barbie Ferreira), the punk rock bad girl à la Janice in “Mean Girls”? Bailey , ? Someone breaks into the grimey school bathroom, and Bailey quickly tucks the test into her pocket, later disposing of it in the dumpster where it is discovered by the recycling club. News spreads throughout the school, and in true high school fashion, the mystery of who could be pregnant must be solved.  RATING: (4.5 of 5 stars) “Unpregnant” is the coming-of-age movie all young girls need. Stellar cinematography combined with a beautifully crafted female friendship makes this picture a must watch at your next girls night.  Rating: PG-13 Finally, the audience is introduced to the baby’s father, Kevin (Alex MacNicoll) and learns he is a major human dumpster fire who lied about the condom breaking. Kevin proposes to Veronica, and she turns him down but takes the ring to pawn and fund her abortion.   The cinematography in the film is beyond stunning. The pastel coloring of the road trip is truly awe inspiring. Regardless of your opinion on middle America, the tones of the film find a way to give it a rustic charm.  “In my dream scenario, this movie doesn’t make sense to an audience in a couple years because it sounds absurd that someone would have to drive 1,000 miles to get an abortion in a country where it’s supposedly legal,” Goldberg said in the interview with Buzzfeed. “But that’s obviously not the reality right now.” The film is based on the young adult novel by the same title written by Jenni Hendriks and Ted Caplan. Director and screenwriter Rachel Lee Goldberg told Buzzfeed in an interview that she read the book before it was published and really resonated with Veronica since she had an abortion in her twenties. She added in multiple interviews that the driving factor of the movie is Veronica’s never questioning her need for the abortion. center_img The repartee in the film is witty and current. Not one of the jokes fell flat, and all of the language was relevant but not overdone. The nuance of pop culture felt natural.  The film also pulls off a big scare by means of anti-abortion people kidnapping Bailey and Veronica after hearing their plans. In a hilarious moment, Bailey refers to the two kidnappers as “Mike Pence” and “Karen.” Veronica returns home to find that the closest abortion clinic that doesn’t require parental consent is in Albequerquee, N.M. She finds a map and begins to plan and budget for the trip.  “Unpregnant” will make its cultural timestamp on this generation of women. The film does wonders to normalize reproductive rights. Goldberg’s touch as a female director brings the film to life in ways a male director never could.  “We’re gay and pregnant,” the girls scream. As Bailey and Veronica embark on the trip, the bond of female friendship throughout the film is heartwarming and relatable. At the beginning, Bailey is portrayed as a grunge badass loner who drifted apart from the Ivy-League blonde Veronica. As the trip progresses, Bailey and Veronica learn to put aside their differences with a few setbacks. The emotions shown between the girls as they bond over topics like sex and sexuality are genuine for a young adult audience. It’s clear that Goldberg worked diligently to portray the abortion in a way that wouldn’t scare off audiences. Her decision to show it in a montage-esque way by having a voice over of the nurse describing the procedure to Veronica is simple and far from menacing.  During the movie, it is clear to see a woman’s touch on direction. One memorable moment shared between the two girls is at a fairground in Texas. Veronica discovers that Bailey has a crush on a girl. The two girls board a fair ride and use the freedom of rushing wind to scream into the void and expel their feelings.  Photo from IMDb Run time: 103 minlast_img read more

New York NY — CitationAir by Cessna is launching

first_imgNew York, NY — CitationAir by Cessna is launching a new initiative to deliver better flexibility and value to its customers, a senior official told Elite Traveler in an exclusive interview.The new initiative is a Jet Card product that will offer significant discounts to customers who fly on Non-Peak days 355 days out of the year, while still providing access 365 days a year.Targeting market leader Marquis Jet, the company claims its new rates amount to as much as a 24% per hour savings over its competitor’s every day rates.“Based on conversations with our customers, we looked at how we could deliver the best ongoing value all year round. We don’t believe our customers should be paying higher hourly rates every day of the year to cover the cost of those flying on Peak days. CitationAir’s new Jet Card product delivers on our promise to give our customers the most cost-efficient options available while still offering them flexibility and 365 day access,” said Woody Harford, Senior Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer of CitationAir. “CitationAir continues to be a leader in the industry – no other Jet Card offers customers this much value.With the new structure, customers may choose to purchase the Single Aircraft option and substantially reduce their hourly rate 355 days out of the year, or select the Fleet option, which guarantees them access to the fleet all year long at only a 10% premium above the Single Aircraft non-peak rates. Peak day flying—which has been reduced to only 10 days annually—is available on both options and is priced at market rates.Harford, a former senior executive with British Airways said the company is looking to launch more innovations.Jet Card rates are locked in for 12 months, reloadable at any time and fully refundable after 12 months. To add even more flexibility to their product and encourage trial of the new Jet Card, refunds are available before 12 months for a 10% transaction fee on the remaining balance. For more information and details on CitationAir’s new Jet Card product, go to www.citationair.com/Programs/JetCard.last_img read more