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"The Pregnancy Project" review by Suzanne
Premieres Saturday, January 28 8pm et/pt on Lifetime

Alexa VegaThis is a very interesting movie. It's based on a true story (and a book) about a girl who pretends to be pregnant in high school to see how  people treat her.  She doesn't think that it will affect her much, but it does, much to her dismay.  Her basic idea is that people treat pregnant teens badly, when instead they should be helping them.  I agree with that idea - no one should treat teen girls badly, especially if they're pregnant.  However, it does make sense that other teens would do that. For one thing, teens make fun of anyone who is different. If this girl had been rich and suddenly become poor (and dressed poor), or if she had suddenly started smoking, or dressing like a goth person...any time of change would have probably given the kids in school something to gossip about and perhaps to treat her badly for. That's the way it can be in high school.  And with a pregnant teen, they are all feeling threatened themselves because they know that it could be them in that position, and it scares them.  People lash out when they're scared. No one wants to be reminded of their greatest fear.

In the movie, the girl goes on and on at the end about stereotypes that people use to see her or other pregnant girls, such as "you're stupid if you get pregnant in high school".  Well, part of that is true. You may not be stupid to GET pregnant (accidents happen), although I'm guessing that 99% of the time, it's lack of birth control or ignorance that causes teens to get pregnant, not faulty birth control.  However, I have to agree to decide to have or keep the baby, when abortion is readily available, is stupid.  You shouldn't ruin your life over one mistake.  I know a lot of people may disagree with me on this point, but that is my opinion.  And some of the other things they said, like her life was over, she couldn't get into college, etc. They may not be 100% true for all pregnant teens, but the statistics do show that it's obviously hard for a single teen mom to graduate from high school, let alone go to college.  A lot of stereotypes do come from truth.

Still, it's stupid to say these things to a girl who's already pregnant - they should be saying it to girls who are not yet pregnant. By the time she's pregnant and far along, it's too late.  But still, it is understandable that people - both students and adults - would react this way, with the remarks they made in the movie. I wish they'd had someone to point these things out and could address this.  One thing I did learn that I thought was shocking was that most foster kids come from pregnant teens. I guess that makes sense. I wonder if it's true. I was a foster kid, and I did not come from a pregnant teen. Neither did most of the other foster kids I knew. Most of us came from families with alcoholism, drug use, and abuse.

Faking her pregnancy in her senior year was a very unusual and brave thing for this girl to do, and I'm sure it was a very powerful message to her fellow students when she finally revealed the truth.  In the movie, it was very interesting.  The acting in the movie, by the way, is very good, and it seems very real. Alexa Vega, who's most known for the "Spy Kids" movies, plays the girl, Gaby. Judy Reyes stars as her mother. It's interesting that Gaby is Latina and the other kids in the school don't seem to be, yet race doesn't come up all that much.

I will have to read the book, which they also sent me, to see if it's different from the movie or if I agree with it more or not.  That will have to wait for a future review.

Tune in to this interesting movie and see for yourself. I may not completely agree with what Gaby was saying, but the movie itself is entertaining and educational.  Every teen should probably watch it.

More Info:

LIFETIME TACKLES TEEN PREGNANCY AND STEREOTYPING WITH ORIGINAL MOVIE THE PREGNANCY PROJECT

Inspired by High School Student who Pretended to be Pregnant for Senior Class Project, Movie to Premiere on January 28

LOS ANGELES, CA (December 14, 2011) – On the heels of its successful 2010 movie The Pregnancy Pact, Lifetime will again take a hard look at how the nation views teenage pregnancy with The Pregnancy Project, an original movie based on the true story of Gaby Rodriguez, the 18-year-old Washington state high school student who pretended to be pregnant in an effort to explore conventional stereotypes and the treatment of pregnant teens. Alexa Vega (Spy Kids, Lifetime’s Odd Girl Out) and Judy Reyes (Scrubs, Lifetime’s Little Girl Lost: The Delimar Vera Story) star in the film, which will make its world premiere on Saturday, January 28, 2012 at 8:00PM ET/PT.

In The Pregnancy Project, Gaby Rodriguez (Vega) is the brave 18-year-old high school student who forces her school and community to confront its prejudices and preconceptions about teen pregnancy -- and makes national headlines in the process. The story begins with Gaby deciding that her senior project will be on stereotyping, which she decides to experience firsthand. Confiding in her mother Juana (Reyes), her boyfriend Jorge (Walter Perez) and a handful of others, Gaby begins her social experiment in which she tells her friends, family and teachers that she is pregnant. While her fake baby bump continues to grow over the next six-and-a-half months, Gaby carefully records how she is treated and what is being said about her – for better and for worse -- both in and out of school. With her project’s findings conclusive, Gaby emotionally addresses her fellow students and their teachers about stereotyping and teen pregnancy during a special school assembly and then shocks them by ripping off her padded “baby bump,” revealing she was never pregnant at all and teaching them a valuable lesson.

The Pregnancy Project is executive produced by Barbara Lieberman (Lifetime’s The 19th Wife and Murder in the Hamptons), Tom Patricia (Lifetime’s Dawn Anna and Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story), Sharlene Martin and Anne Bremner. Norman Buckley (Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars) directed the screenplay by Teena Booth (Lifetime’s The Pregnancy Pact and Lifetime Movie Network’s Natalee Holloway). The movie is based on the book The Pregnancy Project: A Memoir (Simon & Schuster) by Gaby Rodriguez with Jenna Glatzer.

Alexa Vega is best known for her role as “CarmenCortez” in the box-office hits Spy Kids, Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams, Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over and Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D. Additional film credits include From Prada to Nada, Mother’s Day, Repo! The Genetic Opera, State’s Evidence, Sleepover, The Deep End of the Ocean, Ghosts of Mississippi, The Glimmer Man and Twister. Vega’s television credits include the series The Middle, Ruby & the Rockits and Ghost Whisperer, as well as the movies Odd Girl Out for Lifetime, Follow the Stars Home for CBS and Run the Wild Fields for Showtime.

Judy Reyes, best known for her leading role as the sassy, no-nonsense nurse Carla Espinosa on the EmmyÒ Award-nominated comedy Scrubs, was recently on the silver screen alongside Esai Morales in the film Gun Hill Road. She landed her first major acting role in the independent feature Jack and His Friends, opposite Sam Rockwell, followed by roles in Dirty, Went to Coney Island on a Mission From God, Be Back at Five, King of the Jungle and Glow Ropes: The Rise and Fall of a Bar Mitzvah Emcee. Reyes’ additional television credits include a star turn in the Lifetime Movie Network film, Little Girl Lost: The Delimar Vera Story. She also had a recurring role as Tina on the acclaimed HBO series Oz and has appeared in The Sopranos, Third Watch, NYPD Blue and Law & Order, among others.

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