‘Plan B’ Review: A Joy Ride in Search of Emergency Contraception

In the endearing comedy “Plan B,” Sunny (Kuhoo Verma) and Lupe (Victoria Moroles) are teenage finest buddies, bonded by hormonal longings and their will to sneak round their strict however loving dad and mom.

Together, the pair throw a celebration when Sunny’s mother is out of city, and impulsively, Sunny has intercourse for the primary time. When she wakes up, she realizes that she slept with a condom inside her physique, risking an unplanned being pregnant. Emergency contraception is required, and Lupe is true alongside her buddy as she runs to retrieve it.

The solely downside is that Sunny and Lupe dwell in South Dakota, a state that permits pharmacists to disclaim treatment based mostly on objections to reproductive rights. Sunny and Lupe are refused morning after tablets at their native pharmacy, so that they take to the street in search of the closest Planned Parenthood, making room on their route for rendezvous with playground drug sellers and concert events headlined by crushes.

This buddy comedy (streaming on Hulu) was directed by the actress Natalie Morales, and her filmmaking demonstrates the identical simple confidence she has proven as a performer in films like “Battle of the Sexes” and TV sequence like “Dead To Me.” The tempo isn’t rushed, the punch traces are casually underplayed and the performances are relaxed and charismatic. The emphasis in “Plan B” stays on its characters and their relationships with one another, and this grounded sense of care lends a way of assurance to extra risqué sequences — together with an prolonged scene of full frontal male nudity.

The film doesn’t make a joke of Sunny and Lupe’s considerations about being pregnant, relationship and parental expectations, and in flip, it’s a delight to chortle by their goofier exploits.

Plan B
Not rated. Running time: 1 hour 48 minutes. Watch on Hulu.