It is no secret that giving birth is painful. In fact, it is often cited as the most painful thing a human body can undertake. However, for some reason, despite this being rather well-known, television shows, radio shows, movies, and most other forms of entertainment tend to portray labor as something easy, something that doesn't take long and something that is quite frankly a walk in the park.
Thankfully, there are some movies that do portray labor in a realistic way, giving those who have given birth some justification. Plus, not only does this validate a woman's pain, but it also allows expecting women a sneak peek into what they might expect. Here are 10 movies that have realistic labor scenes.
Yes, Junior might tell the story of a man getting pregnant and eventually giving birth, but that's not to say that the movie doesn't portray birth in a realistic way or at least attempts to. For sure, it is unrealistic to the point that a man delivers the baby, but let's think outside the box on this one.
It might not detail the nitty-gritty and unbelievable pain that women go through when giving birth, but it is important to remember that this is a man giving birth and their bodies are wired differently. Plus, it is fiction after all, and who knows what men do when giving birth? Maybe it is like this!
9 Knocked Up
Knocked Up surprised everyone upon its release, with most audiences not expecting the movie to be so good, not to mention heartwarming. The movie, which deals with unwanted pregnancies and one night stands, was a box office smash and is still regarded as one of the best pregnancy movies to date. However, it was the birth scene that created the most noise, with the scene extremely graphic and real. In fact, the scene was so real, that the shot even included a crowning baby. Director, Judd Apatow later stated, "So the reason that I show the crowning shot is if I don’t show it I just look like an episode of Friends, and I am trying to make you feel the pain of that experience, because it is the most intense moment in people’s lives and I had to do something that hadn’t been done before."
8 Children Of Men
Children of Men was one of those movies that slipped under the radar upon its release, despite its chilling message and epic storyline. The movie, which portrays a world where people can no longer conceive, is pretty gruesome at times not to mention shocking. However, it is the birth scene that really got audiences talking. Yes, when a woman is found to be pregnant, she is quickly taken into hiding with the hope that her baby can be delivered safely. The birth scene consists of a three minute continuous shot with the end result of a 3D baby. That's right, although the quirky CGI split opinions, it has still gone down in history as a movie that harrowingly portrays the devastating mental and physical effects of giving birth.
7 Look Who's Talking
Look Who's Talking surprised audiences all over the world with just how funny and realistic the plot was. The movie, which stars Kirstie Alley and John Travolta, follows the life of an accountant, Mollie Jensen (Alley) who ends up pregnant as a result of an affair with a married man.
Sad and alone, Mollie then meets taxi driver James (Travolta) who befriends Mollie and ends up caring for both her and her baby. The labor scene is also great in that it shows Mollie demanding the nurse to give her some drugs, something that would probably be omitted from movies nowadays.
6 What To Expect When You're Expecting
What to Expect When You're Expecting stars a large amount of Hollywood A-listers, with the likes of Cameron Diaz, Chirs Rock, Jennifer Lopez, Anna Kendrick, and Dennis Quaid all making an appearance. The plot is pretty simple, with the movie focussing on a group of women all about to embark on the wonderful world of motherhood. Interestingly, the movie was panned by critics but that doesn't take anything away from the labor scenes involved in the film. That's right, the movie, which is based on the bestselling book by Heidi Murkoff, makes sure to show giving birth in all its gore and glory.
5 Baby Mama
Baby Mama, starring the wonderful Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, tells the story of a woman unable to have children (Fey) and a surrogate (Poehler) offering to do it for her. As expected the movie has a lot of laughs, with the two funny comedians wonderfully playing off each other as audiences have seen numerous times before. The birth scene, while also hilarious, manages to portray a poignant and realistic experience of childbirth, along with expletives and lots of shouting. Yes, most movies tend to gloss over the fact that women might cuss, shout, or scream when giving birth. However, Baby Mamma shows the pain in all its glory, with Poehler going to describe the feeling as if someone had stuck a knife up there...
4 The Back-Up Plan
The Back-Up Plan split audiences upon its release with some hating it and some outright loving it. The movie, which stars Jennifer Lopez and Alex O’Loughlin, centers around a single woman who undergoes artificial insemination to have a baby.
As expected, she meets the love of her life on the same day that she finds out that she's pregnant. Nevertheless, despite its thinly developed plotline, the labor scene is often regarded as one of the funniest in film history as well as being praised for its realistic nature. Plus, the scene also stars an unknown but hilarious Melissa McCarthy.
3 Nine Months
Nine Months is mostly known for being the movie that propelled Hugh Grant's career in the United States, plus it has a pretty realistic labor scene to boot. Yes, the movie, which also stars Julianne Moore, centers around a couple (Moore and Grant) who suddenly find out that they are pregnant. However, gone is the bumbling English gentleman, with Grant portraying a different role, that of an arrogant wishy-washy coward, who swiftly breaks it off with his pregnant girlfriend. Thankfully, Grant sees the error of his ways and later joins his girlfriend in the delivery room, which sees Julianne Moore put in a masterclass of realistic labor scene acting.
Juno is often accused of being too smart for its own good, especially with regards to the sixteen-year-old Juno, played by Ellen Page. Yes, Juno is not the average sixteen-year-old, something that comes across quite jarring instead of endearing like it meant to be. Plus, the movie is not nearly as subversive as it thinks it, with the whole thing rather infuriating at times. However, despite its wrongdoings, the labor scene is surprisingly pretty good, not to mention emotional. Overall, the labor is portrayed as a beautiful experience, even though Juno is clearly in pain physically as well as mentally, mostly due to the fact that she knows the baby will later be adopted.
Apocalypto is one of just a handful of movies that portray a totally "natural" childbirth without hospitals, doctors, medicine or anything else that might slightly ease the process. However, this is mostly due to the fact that the movie takes place before any of these things ever existed, thus why the birth scene is so realistic, albeit destressing. Yes, the whole scene might even be a little too realistic, with the raw stream of blood along with the still intact umbilical cord, a little too much for some people. In fact, the scene is so realistic that audiences were adamant that the whole thing was real, with one of the most googled sentences for the movie said to be, "Is the Apocalypto birth real?".