THE SOCIAL COMMENTARY IN THE FILM
The central theme of parenthood is evident throughout the film. Samual’s resistance to fatherhood mirrors societal attitudes toward commitment and responsibility. The movie explores how people grapple with the transition from carefree lifestyles to the full-time responsibilities of parenthood; and the fear of losing personal freedoms and sacrificing to raise a child.
The theme of Gender Roles and Expectations looks at the male’s hesitation to embrace fatherhood and echoes the stereotype of men being less enthusiastic about parenting in general. Julianna Moore’s character faces the pressures of societal norms that expect women to prioritize family over personal goals and desires. Her arc challenges these expectations.
There is a lot going on with Relationship Dynamics, including the strain that an unexpected pregnancy puts on a couple and how external factors impact their devotion to one another. They are constantly compared to Tom Arnold and Joan Cusack’s characters as well, as they show the challenges and joys of raising children.
There is also some commentary on one’s relationship with oneself, particularly seen through Hugh Grant’s character’s arc of balancing his independence with his relationship and his upcoming role as a parent.