Labor Pains (2009)

dir. Lara Shapiro

The premise of Labor Pains is a woman lies about being pregnant in order to protect her job. It is extremely difficult to come up with an idea more jaded than that. It could have been a thoughtful drama or a complex character study, but instead Labor Pains maintains it’s all in good hilarious fun, really! Stealing a baby bump from a mannequin – such japes! Whoops, pillow is ruined, better use a balloon! The worst thing of all is the movie never makes Lindsay Lohan’s protagonist face the true awfulness of what she’s done. The repercussions are so short-lived that the moral of the story seems to be actively encouraging more women to do the same thing if they believe their job is at risk. What a stunning step forward for feminism.

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