Look Both Ways

Director: Wanuri Kahiu
Year Released: 2022
Rating: 1.0

Right as she's graduating from college, aspiring animator Natalie (Lili Reinhart) hooks up with her "friend" Gabe (Danny Ramirez) and the movie breaks off into two different scenarios: in the one, she's pregnant and drives back home to live with her parents (Andrea Savage and Luke Wilson), in the other she tests negative and moves to Los Angeles with her bestie Cara (Aisha Dee) and lands a job with cartoon tycoon Lucy Galloway (Nia Long).  It's difficult enough to tell a single story correctly, and here neither of them has any real urgency or genuine drama and it's iffy in the romance department (everyone's kind of flighty and non-committal) ... but it does make sure to check off most of the "progressive" boxes on Netflix Checklist™ (I don't need to reiterate what those are).  Expectedly, both "narratives" end with her being successful and happy, suggesting that you can be a Mom and follow your dreams (shocker, I know).  Speaking of which: can we all agree a live-action Spirited Away would be heresy and anyone who attempts it should be thrown head first off the Tokyo Skytree?