Elizabeth McGovern

More talk than feel in 'Unexpected' pregnancies

More talk than feel in 'Unexpected' pregnancies

Head-on, yet ever so gently, director Kris Swanberg addresses the conflicted drives toward motherhood and career in "Unexpected," a modestly scaled feature whose plainspoken sincerity is a hindrance as well as a strength. Weighing unresolvable dilemmas and sacrifices, the film centers on two ambitious young Chicago women, a high-school teacher and her student, as they face unplanned pregnancies. If their story feels more like a dramatized argument than an involving drama, that's no fault of the lovely, unforced performances by Cobie Smulders ("How I Met Your Mother") and newcomer Gail Bean. With humor and quiet forthrightness they play, respectively, science...