Unexpected

Unexpected ★★★★

This film lives up to its name in so many ways, as a story about two pregnant women — a well-off white teacher and a black teenager in her class — who become friends and bond over their shared experience. There are so many ways this film could have gone wrong, and Kris Swanberg seems to be aware of all of them, and actively working against being sentimental, or patronizing, or facile, or insulting, or clichéd, or easy. It winds up more as that rarest of cinematic stories, a film about an actual friendship between women. Very low-key, but very enjoyable, and actually funny.