She Woke Up Pregnant (1996) Michele Greene, William R. Moses, Lynda Carter, Theresa Saldana, John P. Connolly, Malcolm Stewart, Colleen Winton, Rachel Hayward, Joe Penny Movie Review

She Woke Up Pregnant (1996)   3/53/53/53/53/5

Michele Greene in She Woke Up Pregnant (1996)

Dental Drama

When Connie Loftis (Michele Greene - Heart of a Child) visits her doctor having felt not right she is shocked to be told she is pregnant as her husband, Tom (William R. Moses - A Perry Mason Mystery: The Case of the Jealous Jokester), had a vasectomy a while back. Having told Tom they go for further tests which put a strain on their marriage as the results show Tom is not the father leading to him believing she had been unfaithful. But when Connie starts having nightmares about being raped she thinks back to when she would have conceived and it ties in to a visit to Roger Nolton (Joe Penny - The Disappearance of Vonnie), a dentist who put her under sedation to carry out some dental work. It leads to Connie wondering whether he may have raped her whilst she was sedated.

A first person view of a house at night as if someone is watching it, a woman is in her utility room doing the laundry when all of a sudden she is surprised by ..... her cat and then she is attacked by a man in a stocking, but it is all a nightmare and Connie sits bolt upright in her bed. And that is the painful opening to "She Woke Up Pregnant" which probably looked good on paper when the writer came up with this opening but it ends up coming across as trying to be over clever and make you think this is a horror movie or something.

Lynda Carter in She Woke Up Pregnant (1996)

Now I should say that "She Woke Up Pregnant" is based on a true story which if you think about it is horrific, if anyone needs another reason to dislike a visit to the dentists. But through out the movie the attention seems to be more on delivering melodrama so we have scenes such as the nightmare, the confronting of the dentist for the first time, a subplot surrounding why Connie won't have an abortion and so on. It To put this in to context we have Roger, the dentist, seeking legal representation and so they cast Lynda Carter in the role, now to me you don't cast the former Wonder Woman in a role which is on the wrong side so your focus switches to this casting rather than delivering the story.

The knock on effect of this is whilst we have this story which sees Connie trying to prove the dentist raped her he cunningly claims they were have an affair and so "She Woke Up Pregnant" ends up a bit too much like a soap opera. And what that means is this movie based on a true story starts to feel a bit too far fetched with too many scenes played for big impact and far too many movie references as mentions of big screen movies featuring bunny boilers and strong actresses get mentioned.

What this all boils down to is that "She Woke Up Pregnant" features an interesting and frankly scary storyline inspired by a true story. But like some other true story movies from the 90s this has been made with a melodramatic style which distracts from that true story, although some of the big scenes end up entertaining.