Fans of Bella and Juno will be glad to welcome Expecting Mary, another film showing how an unexpected pregnancy can lead to a happy ending. This time around the mom-to-be is Mary (Olesya Rulin), a 16-year-old runaway; she is headed for California and her dad who, she thinks, will be more understanding and "cool" than her uptight mom.
"I'm only having it because they [her mom and stepdad] don't want me to," she tells another character. Is that because of financial pressures, and too many mouths to feed? No, Mary replies, her parents are rich, and "could afford to feed twenty more mouths." Mary has spent her life in fancy boarding schools while her parents traveled the world. The pregnancy is unacceptable to them because it is an embarrassment, considering their social circle. "They said, 'Come home, have an abortion, we'll say it was appendicitis.'" Instead, she ran away.
A kindly truck driver, Horace (Elliott Gould), gives her a lift, and wants to know if he can ask a "personal question." With a sigh, she rattles off the basics—16, unwed, eight months pregnant. Horace says no, what he was going to ask was, "Do you like polka music?" He pops in an 8-track tape to introduce her to what he calls "the happiest music on earth." Mary has met the first in a long line of charmingly kooky folks who are going to impact her life in various ways all the way through the child's birth.
In New Mexico, Horace suggests that they stop to eat at the casino where his where girlfriend is a showgirl. It turns out to be a small and shopworn place, run by "the last of the Kaiyute Indians," Lillian Littlefeather (Lainie Kazan), a plump old dame who sprinkles her conversation with Yiddish. Horace's girl is Darnella (Linda Gray), who, with fellow ...1