Title: A Pregnancy (A Very Serious Movie)

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Year: 2014

Genre: Independent / Short / Comedy

Language: English

Runtime: 36 min

Director: Josh Deveau

Writer: Josh Deveau

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4317958/

Janyce is pregnant with Leonard's baby, but all he wants to do is spend time with his band. This throws the family into a spiral of drama.

Our thoughts:
After having been pleasantly surprised by how funny Josh Deveau's short film "A Weekend (A Very Good Movie)" turned out to be, I was curious about this one. It seems somehow that Deveau's comedic writing fit perfect with that film, but the laughs were unfortunately rare in "A Pregnancy (A Very Serious Movie)". Has anything really changed in the comedy between the two, or is it rather a coincidence that the comedy worked so well then but not now?

With its plot on its sleeve, "A Pregnancy (A Very Serious Movie)" is about a pregnancy. Janyce and Leonard are the expecting parents. Janyce is having problems when Leonard only wants to play with his band all day. The plot absolutely carries a similar vibe to their previous effort, where it's mainly a light-hearted family drama that sets a backdrop. The real point of the movie seems to be, simply, to be stupid. Repeatedly. So stupid, in fact, that you feel abused by it at times. It seems to have gone further than "A Weekend (A Very Good Movie)" did, which seems to have backfired and made it a struggle to get through despite its short runtime.

The fault is as much mine as it is the movie's: it seemed to be more stupid for the sake of being stupid than the previous film, and it's rare for me to completely enjoy that. My stand on it is that anyone can push stupidity to an extreme, yet making it actually funny is very hard. I do believe that A Very Good Production Company make movies with the right modern indie spirit, where they do whatever the hell they want - it's a medium for everyone to try now. It's cheaper and more accessible, and that means that we are bound to see more movies that aren't for us. But they are for someone.

There is not much that I can add that this review that doesn't make me repeat myself. It's a 36 minute comedy that tries its hardest to be weird and stupid. Its somewhat gross finale can vouch for that! If that sounds like it would be fun to you, then odds are that it is. I am not sure how I could enjoy "A Weekend (A Very Good Movie)" a lot, while not caring for "A Pregnancy (A Very Serious Movie)" at all, but that is exactly what has happened now.

Positive things:
- It is certainly done in true independent spirit!

Negative things:
- The comedy is too stupid and ends up feeling forced because of it.
- Doesn't have enough of a story to tell to justify the 36 min runtime.

Gore: 0/5
Nudity: 0/5
Story: 1.5/5
Effects: 1/5
Comedy: 2.5/5

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