Cert 15 Stars 4
A thirty-something called Bridget struggling with love, life and pregnancy sounds very familiar, but this US indie drama has a very different personality to the UK romcoms featuring Renee Zellweger as the accident prone singleton Miss Jones.
Written by and starring the hugely impressive and engaging Kelly O’Sullivan, this bittersweet drama explores the contradictions, prejudices and pitfalls of pregnancy and parenting in a refreshingly frank manner, and in such a graceful and charming way as to make it surprisingly palatable.
Jobless, broke and full of self loathing and despite not liking kids, Bridget takes a job as a nanny to six-year-old Frances, the mischievous and demanding daughter of a middle-class same-sex mixed-race couple, and Ramona Edith Williams is tremendous as the youngster, and shares a delightful rapport with O’Sullivan.
As a film by a woman for women I’m clearly not the target audience but if men want insight into the problems women face in day to day life, then this is a very smart and well crafted place to start.