Unplanned | 2019 | R | – 1.8.3
Why is “Unplanned” rated R? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “some disturbing/bloody images.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes cleavage revealing outfits, many references to pregnancy out of wedlock, many conversations about abortions and scenes of teen girls and young women in a women’s health clinic to undergo abortions, a few very intense and bloody scenes of abortions being performed with an image of a fetus on a screen during the procedure as it is pulled apart and a lot of blood and matter flowing into a container, a teen girl hemorrhaging after a procedure and a young woman passing blood and clots during a chemically induced abortion, and a “re-assembly room” where a bloody fetus is shown in a Petri dish. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.”
Based on the true story of Abby Johnson (Ashley Bratcher) who was working for Planned Parenthood but left the pro-choice organization to join a pro-life group after assisting in an abortion. Also with Brooks Ryan, Robia Scott, Jared Lotz, Emma Elle Roberts, Robin DeMarco and Robert Thomason. Directed by Chuck Konzelman & Cary Solomon. [Running Time: 1:46]
Unplanned SEX/NUDITY 1
– A husband kisses his wife on the head. A husband and his wife kiss goodnight in bed (they are both clothed). Several couples are shown embracing in a park as a woman drives by. A husband and his wife embrace and dance slowly.
► A woman describes having a relationship with a man 10 years older than she was and that she became pregnant and had an abortion. A woman says that she couldn’t tell her parents about being pregnant. A woman describes that her husband slipped out of their apartment to meet another woman on Valentine’s Day.
► A husband and his wife are shown sleeping in bed and we see the woman wearing a tank top and pajama bottoms that reveal cleavage when she gets up. A woman wears a low-cut wedding gown that reveals cleavage. Several women in a wedding party wear gowns that reveal cleavage and bare backs. Women wear dresses and tops that reveal cleavage in several scenes.
Unplanned VIOLENCE/GORE 8
- A woman describes having to assist a surgical team with an abortion and we see the scene re-enacted: a young woman lies on an exam table with her feet in stirrups and the doctor is seated between her legs as a woman holds a device that projects an ultrasound image on a screen; the patient squirms and a nurse holds her still on the table and the doctor passes a catheter inside her (we see the tube on the screen and the patient is fully covered by surgical drapes), the image of a fetus on the screen shows it fidgeting and the people in the room describe it as trying to move away from the tube until the doctor initiates suction that draws the fetus out through the tube (we see a foot and leg pulled off, then another limb, and then the trunk and head as a lot of blood and tissue floods through the tube and into a container); one woman runs out of the room crying hysterically (we see part of this scene again later). A woman discovers that she is pregnant and rather than have an abortion, she takes a regimen of pills (RU486) that induce a chemical abortion; she wakes up in bed after taking the pills and moans from intense cramps, we see bleeding down her leg as she makes her way to the bathroom, she vomits (we hear retching), blood trickles down the toilet and her legs, she steps into the shower where she continues to bleed and she passes clots of tissue that she scoops up with her hands and puts in the toilet, and then she curls up on the floor and moans (we see blood around her and on her and her clothing); she says that this lasted for 12 hours and that she continued to bleed and pass clots for 8 weeks. A man brings his teenage daughter into a women's clinic for an abortion and she is shown to be having doubts: the procedure is performed and while in the recovery area, she begins to hemorrhage (we see blood on her legs and pool on the floor), she is rushed back into the procedure room, the doctor shoves a woman out of the way and she crashes into equipment, and we hear that the doctor perforated the patient's uterus during an abortion as people scramble to stop the bleeding (we see a lot of blood siphoning into a container) and the doctor yells at the nurses in the room (the teen is cleaned of the blood and she is seen to be OK later). A room is shown and we are told that this is the place that after an abortion all the pieces that have been removed must be re-assembled in a Petri dish to guarantee that nothing has been left behind in the patient; we see a bloody fetus and a women uses tweezers to lift up its arm and hand (we see this in close-up). Nurses and clinic staff scrub floors after a patient hemorrhaged in recovery (we see a lot of blood). Protestors wave large posters with pictures of bloody fetuses missing limbs outside a women's clinic.
► A young woman is shown in a procedure room and she moans as an abortion is performed (we do not see anything); we see her later seated with several other young women in a waiting area as they come out from anesthesia. A woman moans in labor and yells at her husband when he tells her that she is only 2 cm dilated. A woman confronts two young men that are filming outside a women's health clinic and they argue briefly; the woman turns sprinklers on and the men filming run to the other side of the street.
► Protestors line up outside a women's clinic and call out to young women as they enter the facility; they berate them saying, "You're killing your babies," "Your baby has a beating heart," "You're killing your daddy's grandbaby." We hear a news report that a doctor was murdered, shot in the head in church. A woman counsels patients in a women's health clinic about abortions and tells a young woman that at 6 weeks, "The fetus cannot feel anything." A woman is shown to be "selling" abortions to patients and using pressure tactics to convince them to commit to the procedure. A preacher talks about the fetus in the womb and asks for his congregation to pray for an end to abortion. A woman is asked to join another woman in the POC Room and another woman says that it is the "Parts of Children." A woman takes a pregnancy test and finds out that she is pregnant; another woman says, "We can take care of that for you, if you like." We hear that a clinic "Terminated 38 pregnancies in 4 hours." A woman outside a women's health clinic pleads with a teenage girl not to have an abortion and another woman yells at her. A woman confronts another woman during a meeting about a company's policy of making abortion a priority; the second woman later grabs her by the arm and describes abortions as the money makers for the company and compares them to French fries and soda to a fast food restaurant, which is where they make their money. A woman describes a new women's health facility where abortions will be able to be performed up to 24 weeks. A woman is formally reprimanded by her boss for questioning her directives. A man and woman are sued by a large company for "potential future harm." A woman sees another woman and says, "I want to go over there and punch her in the face."
► Volunteer escorts attend to young women as they arrive at a women's clinic and help them get inside the clinic and avoid protestors. Newsreel footage of hurricane Ike is shown with property damage and high water and we hear that offices are being closed down in Houston, TX. A woman says that during an exam, a team found uterine cancer in a patient. A woman describes her first marriage as a fiasco.
► Barrels of bio-waste are wheeled out of a women's health clinic and protestors pray over them. A man makes reference to a "poopy diaper"; we do not see anything. Sprinklers are turned on outside a women's clinic and they spray several protestors lined up outside a tall fence.
Unplanned LANGUAGE 3
- 5 scatological terms (1 mild), 1 anatomical term, 4 mild obscenities, name-calling (gullible, naïve, foolish, vultures, baby killer, Twinkie, fiasco, Grim Reaper, traitor, stupid, devil), exclamations (my gosh, shut-up), 3 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh My God, Thank God, God Is Merciful). | profanity glossary |
Unplanned SUBSTANCE USE
- A few young women are shown taking pills that chemically induce abortions in a few scenes. A man seated on a couch holds a bottle of beer and several seemingly empty bottles are seen around him, a man and woman drink a beer and a margarita at a restaurant, and a man and a woman drink glasses of wine.
Unplanned DISCUSSION TOPICS
- Reproductive rights, abortion, Planned Parenthood, choices, self-loathing, guilt, betrayal, shame, human rights, injustice, aspirations, morality, unplanned pregnancy, birth control, crisis pregnancy.
- Surgical and chemical abortions are gory and should be illegal because they kill sentient children, and women who have them may have complications.
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