VOD REVIEW: Bump Along The Way a smooth, heartfelt ride

This British comedy take a harsh situation and finds the comedy and light in the circumstance.

Director Shelly Love sensitively tells the story of a hard-drinking, hard-living 44-year-old single woman who becomes pregnant after a one-night stand in a man’s work van.

With no help from the father – a man half her age – and the disdain of her teenage daughter, who becomes embarrassed of her mother, she tries to figure out how to make a go of it.

With a delicate, endlessly entertaining screenplay from Tess McGowan, this really is an important film about a culture of contempt for women, their sexual choices, and a society that places way too much stock in judging others.

Lead Bronagh Gallagher was nominated for a well-deserved Irish Film and Television Award for her role as Pamela, who works part-time at the bakery and is just trying to keep her life as she knows it together.

She deals with the judgment in her small town, and the realities and possibilities of having a baby that isn’t fully healthy due to her age. With all the stresses in her life, her daughter Allegra goes through a rebellious streak, and doesn’t make things easy on her mom.

Straight-laced Allegra, played by Lola Petticrew, is ashamed of her mother and treats her horribly. I couldn’t help but dislike her for most of the runtime, even though she was just being a terrible teen.

In the end, the two leads work together to make an above-average comedy, and this one tells an important story.

3.5/5 Stars

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