What waaaay too many people are missing is the POINT: THIS is what happens when children raise children!!! I cannot believe how many people MISSED that! And yes, it happens to the best of families: It happened to our daughter who was on the pill since she was 12yo for her brutal menses. Things happen.
I think it depicted quite well (without being preachy) that kids raising kids can face a lot more problems than the typical family. It's one thing to be 22yo and trying to raise a child by yourself/with what I call a Forever $5hr Kinda Spouse. That is hard enough. But to worry about school and college on top of it...even going off to the Military can't fix this situation. The key phrase in that entire paragraph is WITHOUT BEING PREACHY.
Nobody wins in that situation, it is super hard without the grandparents (who still love their children and grandchildren but some of us DO believe in You Made Your Bed, You Sleep In It) even helping out. Again, I think this is a flick about birth control. Urge control, absolutely. Moreso, now that I just typed that out.
The bit where she says to the poor kid, "I thought we were a team!" NO MOM...how many households have THIS going on, today? And I'm not particularly strict about these things, but my goodness...my daughter's life would have been so so SO much easier if she either abstained (while on the pill). My granddaughter is just about 18yo now, and we wouldn't have it any other way. She sure learned a lot about what NOT to do in life.
So back to this movie: Yes. She is a GREAT mother CONSIDERING THE SITUATION. Forget age, forget the loser junkie husband...it's a story about disillusion, delusion and recovery from such. We all have been disillusioned in life. We've likely all been delusional (especially about marriage and parenthood): Once we get into that saddle, what we thought was a little toy horse ride with coin change to start it up turned out to be a wild bull on crack.
It's a story about growth. Not just in the last five minutes of the movie but all along, you see everyone learning a little more about life. How she KNEW that little boy was going to blame and hate her for kicking Dad out. How many kids out there know THAT story?? And I hate to break it to everyone, but not every child has a golden childhood. Some kids have to grow up a lot faster and harsher than the little boy in this movie. Her biggest problem was that she was a child having a child. You do not automatically grasp maturity just because your body did a grown up thing. (Seriously, people?)
I like the title, I think that was more about riding in the car with her Dad than the Son.
The more I see Drew Barrymore in movies, the more I like her. She is hilarious.