Teenager Mary Cummings lives in a hyper-religious town and seems to have the perfect life. She has a close relationship with Jesus, has a perfect Christian boyfriend, and is about the enter her senior year at American Eagle Christian School. Her whole life is turned upside down when her boyfriend tells her that he may be gay and after receiving a sign from Jesus, Mary decides that the only way to cure her boyfriend Dean is to give him her virginity. Shortly after she discovers she is pregnant and ostracized by her best friend, super Christian Hilary Faye. Finding her own while fighting the ways of Hilary Faye and the Christian Jewels, the popular clique that Mary was kicked out of, she looks past first impressions and discovers what religion really means to her.
Few words can accurately describe this film that aren’t brilliant and witty. This film wonderfully blends a teen romantic comedy and religious satire. All the jokes about religion are hilarious, yet does not take any stance on whether religion is good or bad. The cast is pitch perfect and everyone plays off each other like they grew up together. However, in my opinion, the female cast outshines the male cast exponentially. Jena Malone is perfect as the lead, Mary Cummings. She successfully pulls off the soon-to-be teen mom who won’t let pregnancy get in the way of her life while still feeling guilty about going against Jesus. Mandy Moore takes a surprisingly role as the crazy sister Christian popular girl who will do anything to get the “heathens” out of her school. Eva Amurri win the award for my favorite performance as Cassandra, the only smoking, sexually active Jew at American Eagle. Furthermore, Mary-Louise Parker is lovely as Mary’s single and ready to mingle mother. The male cast consisting of Macaulay Culkin, Chad Faust, Patrick Fugit, and Martin Donovan cover every male role would would expect in this storyline but only seem to blend into the actions of the female characters. Shying away from talking about the characters, the cinematography and fashion/directing choices were perfect. I particularly liked the intentional or not nod to Pleasantville with showing the super religious characters in grey or white and the characters who, while still religious, are more comfortable with themselves and just more colorful in general and this pattern follows all the way up to the finale of the film. Overall, this film is a must see.
This movie is awesome! I remember when she realized she might be pregnant after watching a woman on TV say that when she got cancer she was throwing up and thought she was pregnant and Mary just bicycles to the drug store saying “please let it be cancer”. It was hilarious.