Look, don’t be too harsh. I’m not the first person to ever get the message screwed up. Looking at her, it’s like life is too amazing to be this random and meaningless consequence of the universe. There had to be a God… or something out there.
So everything that doesn’t fit into some stupid idea of what you think God wants you just try to hide or fix or get rid of? It’s just all too much to live up to. No one fits in one hundred percent of the time. Not even you.
I know this is wrong, but do you ever wonder if she just made the whole thing up? I mean, it’s a pretty good one. It’s not like anyone can ever use virgin birth as an excuse again. I don’t really think she made it up, but I can understand why a girl would.
If Riding in Cars With Boys has one thing going for it, I’d have to say its the supporting cast. You have a love interest who doesn’t run off after he gets a girl pregnant, a supportive best friend who spouts inspirational quotes, a child who doesn’t exist only to be cute, and James Woods.
Best thing about James Woods in this movie? The aging makeup. Second best thing? His dead eyed stare in the last scene.
Another similarity, at least among teen pregnancy films, is the general attitude surrounding the protagonist’s pregnancy. It’s pretty rare for anyone in these films (protagonist included) to be like “You’re having a baby? Awesome!” or even “You’re having a baby? Here, let me tell you how to raise it”. No, in teen pregnancy films, the reaction is almost always along the lines of “This is going to ruin to ruin your life”, followed by various questioning of the morals of the woman in question. Yet things generally seem to turn out out well - she often still has the support of her friends and family, and her future is not one of bleak poverty. But these movies are careful not to show the audience how she is able to lead a normal life above the poverty line.
This has always sort of fascinated me, the idea that we have to give these characters happy endings while still doing everything possible to discourage teenagers from having sex (and getting pregnant) in the first place. But even here, there is a place for a movie that depicts the struggles of not only teen pregnancy, but also teen motherhood. But does it do this well?
I wanna make something clear, I don’t think I would have been better
off without you. You are not what went wrong with anything. You were
what saved me. And I wanna thank you for that.
Despite being abandoned by Ray, Bev and Jason turn out okay (mostly) - Bev even fulfills her dream by writing a book about it.