"Plan B" Cast: Meet the Characters and Who Plays Them
By Crystal Bell
Plan B follows all of the familiar beats of a classic teen comedy : There's the house party that goes unexpectedly awry; the teen who loses their virginity in a display of feigned confidence; the fight that nearly ends a friendship; and a race against time. But Hulu's raunchy high school flick pushes the envelope even further — and we're not just talking about the full-frontal male nudity.
Directed by actor Natalie Morales in her solo directorial debut, and written by Joshua Levy and Prathiksha Srinivasan, Plan B follows best friends Sunny (Kuhoo Verma) and Lupe (Victoria Moroles) on a wild road trip to the nearest Planned Parenthood (hours away) after Sunny drunkenly loses her virginity and the local pharmacist refuses to give her the Plan B pill .
While it would be easy (read: lazy) to compare Plan B 's R-rated hijinks to films like Superbad and Booksmart , what makes Sunny and Lupe's quest feel fresh is that it's centered on young women of color and how their identities intersect with their coming-of-age. "Prathi and I have been best friends since high school and we wrote the highs and lows of our lives and our friendship into this movie," screenwriter Levy tweeted . "It’s been a labor of love, years and years of hard work, and us bleeding ourselves dry onto the page."
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So let's take a deeper look at the cast and characters of Plan B , soon to be your new favorite raunchy teen comedy. But you might want to wait until after you watch the film to continue reading if you don't want to be spoiled on some of the film's biggest surprises.
Kuhoo Verma as Sunny
Sunny is cool and smart and has great taste (her anime watch list includes: My Hero Academia and Dragon Ball Z ), but she lacks the confidence to know it yet. Struggling under the weight of her mom's high expectations, she yearns to express herself and impress the school's pensive jock Hunter. But life has different plans for Sunny after she has sex for the first time and has 24 hours to track down a Plan B morning-after pill with her BFF Lupe.
Before stepping into the role of Sunny, newcomer Kuhoo Verma spent most of her career in the regional theatre world, performing in shows at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Lincoln Center, and the Public Theatre. She most recently starred in the buzzy off-Broadway musical Octet . Having graduated New York University with a degree in vocal performance in 2018, Verma always saw herself on the stage. "I had no examples to look up to so instead I found within myself what felt right [for my artistic identity] and what felt wrong," Verma told the Broadway Podcast Network in 2018. Aside from a small role in The Big Sick , Plan B marks the actor's first leading on-screen role — and she's already putting her "five-year rule" into motion.
"I pledged to myself that after five years of auditioning and doing whatever it is I’m doing in this career, I’m going to say 'no' to any part that is specifically Indian," she told Refinery29, "any part that just has 'Indian' in the breakdown, I’m going to say 'no' to or not even audition for it."
Victoria Moroles as Lupe
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Sunny's best friend Lupe eschews convention — and her pastor dad's strict rules. She vapes. She has TikTok hair . She wears blue lipstick. She's fierce and protective of the ones she loves, especially Sunny. She doesn't care what people think… or so we think. The reality is that she does care, and she's worried what Sunny (and her conservative family) will think after she tells them she's attracted to "really cool people regardless of what's in their pants." Enter Logan, the drummer grrl who completely rocks Lupe's world.
Victoria Moroles was born to be on stage. The Corpus Christi native started dancing at age 3 and has been acting since middle school. "I grew up surrounded by art," she said in 2016. "I was very influenced as a child to be creative and I think this is just where I am exploring in my 'artist' life right now." The 24-year-old previously starred in MTV's Teen Wolf and Disney Channel's Liv and Maddie , and she'll appear next in the horror flick Snow Falls .
Michael Provost as Hunter
Described as an "athletic librarian" who gives off "cute, but major guidance counselor vibes," Hunter is kind of like the perfect high school jock. He's a smart, funny feminist, and his favorite anime is Cowboy Bebop . (So he's interesting and he's got taste.)
Michael Provost is seemingly just as perfect. A voracious reader, the 23-year-old actor shot to internet boyfriend status after appearing in 2018's Insatiable alongside Debby Ryan. Next up: Netflix's spooky Fear Street trilogy and the iCarly series revival. And to think one of his first Hollywood gigs was as Asa Butterfield's acting double on the set of 2013's Ender's Game .
Mason Cook as Kyle
Kyle thinks of himself as a "macho, Christian warrior-type guy like Chris Pratt," but in reality, he's more of a well-intentioned nerd who's always there when you don't need him. After one drink and a brief but unfortunate sexual encounter with Sunny in her bathroom, Kyle learns the hard way that nice guys don't always finish last; sometimes, they finish in under 60 seconds.
After getting his start on TV shows like Grey's Anatomy , The Middle and The Goldbergs , Mason Cook has made the successful jump from childhood television star to Netflix movie star, or as he says on Instagram, "your friendly neighborhood actor guy."
Myha'la Herrold as Logan
Logan is less of a fully-fledged character and more of a symbol of Lupe's burgeoning sexuality. She helps Lupe come to terms with her queerness, and their scenes together are intimate and profound — except for that one sequence in which they're chased through the mud by Logan's extremely dazed and confused bandmate.
Myha'la Herrold had a breakout year in 2020, thanks to her steely starring performance as Harper in HBO's Industry . It's a role that deeply resonated with Herrold. “My entire life has been fighting the feeling that I don’t belong here, even though I know I'm qualified," she told The Independent . "We, as Black women, have to enter these rooms like there is nobody better than us for the job. We have to be undeniable otherwise we'll be overlooked."
The 25-year-old actor's previous credits include a stint on Broadway in The Book of Mormon .
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'Plan B' Is A Raunchy Road Trip Comedy With Heart
Victoria Moroles plays Lupe, and Kuhoo Verma plays Sunny in the film Plan B . Brett Roedel/Hulu hide caption
Victoria Moroles plays Lupe, and Kuhoo Verma plays Sunny in the film Plan B .
The new Hulu movie Plan B is about best friends Sunny and Lupe, who go on an emergency road trip. They're not on the run from criminals or some terrible misunderstanding. They're trying to get to a Planned Parenthood office to get a morning-after pill for Sunny. The girls have a long night of crazy adventures and heartfelt conversations. Directed by Natalie Morales, the film is a really good mix of silly and honest and unexpected.
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“Like Never Rarely Sometimes Always but funny!” is probably not a convincing description for a feel-good, raucous teen-girl comedy about two best friends coming of age, but watch the trailer for Plan B and tell us that isn’t what this is. In the trailer for this Hulu original movie, Kuhoo Verma and Victoria Moroles play Sunny and Lupe, best friends and outcasts in South Dakota who just want to throw one normal high-school house party because, as Sunny says in the locker room, “Girls are horse-fucking, and I haven’t even had my first kiss!” But after Sunny has a not-so-great first sexual encounter, the pair have 24 hours to road-trip to the only remaining Planned Parenthood in the state. The trailer is full of great gags, like the teens trying to “pinch and zoom” a physical road map, and a dreamy crush object named Hunter who plays ball hockey with a cardigan on over his gym clothes. Directed by Natalie Morales for the Syracuse-based high-school-movie-centric production company American High , Plan B starts streaming on Hulu on May 28, just in time for double-vaxxed movie nights.
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- Hulu’s <i>Plan B</i> Is an Imperfect Buddy Comedy With Its Heart in the Right Place
Hulu’s Plan B Is an Imperfect Buddy Comedy With Its Heart in the Right Place
S ometimes you’re glad when even a not-so-great movie exists. Plan B, a teenage buddy comedy available on Hulu, isn’t wholly terrible, though much of its forced raunchiness falls flat, and too many of its gags feel corny and tired. But a movie that strives for something is often better than one that fails to try for anything at all. Despite its flaws, Plan B —directed by Natalie Morales and written by Joshua Levy and Prathiksha Srinivasan—feels modern and breezy and free, maybe partly because of its two appealing lead performers, but also because of its specific setting: a midwestern town that isn’t depicted as all-white and totally backwards, the way the Midwest is so often written off in cheap movie shorthand. For all the ways in which Plan B is sometimes thunderously obvious, there’s still a lot going on beneath the surface.
Sunny (Kuhoo Verma) and Lupe (Victoria Moroles), young women growing up in small-town South Dakota, represent the kind of best-friend pairing that almost makes more sense in real life than it does in the movies. Sunny is an A-student whose mother loves her but clearly expects a lot from her, as if inadvertently passing along whatever stress she herself might have felt growing up in an Indian family. (The absence of a father in the household is never explained, a relief in a modern landscape where single-parent families are still somehow treated as an anomaly.) Lupe is a bit of a wild thing, showing up to the breakfast table in her riot grrrl gear and blackish-red lipstick, much to the dismay of her father, a pastor (Jacob Vargas). Sunny barely puts a foot wrong; Lupe is yearning to break free. But they’re still just kids trying to figure everything out, a support system for each other in the sometimes-hostile teenage universe.
Lupe appears to have had more sexual experience than Sunny, who’s eager to get started but has no idea how that’s going to happen: she’s thought of as the “smart” girl at school, and her sheltered family framework doesn’t leave much room for experimentation. Still, she has her eye on a handsome and sweetly nerdy guy at school, Hunter (Michael Provost). Lupe, hoping she can get these two together, organizes an impromptu house party at Sunny’s house while her mother is away at a conference. The two brew up a vat of killer punch (the ingredients include cough syrup and pickle juice) and wait for the amorous adventures to happen.
Nothing, of course, goes as planned. Lupe invites her crush to the party, who never shows up. And when it looks as if any kind of romance with Hunter is impossible, Sunny, against her better judgment but with full consent, ends up having awkward and highly unromantic bathroom sex with the school’s most devout and annoying Christian, Kyle (Mason Cook), who ends up being much more freaked out by this act than Sunny is. “I’m sorry, I have to go pray!” he announces as he runs out on her, while Sunny rolls her eyes, annoyed at herself for even allowing this whatever-it-was to happen.
But there’s a danger Sunny could be pregnant, and Lupe is ready with a solution: they’ll get Sunny a dose of the morning-after pill. The local pharmacist (played by Jay Chandrasekhar) happens to be Indian. He prattles on about how much Sunny reminds him of his adored daughter—and then, because she’s underage, refuses on moral grounds to give her the pill she needs. Sunny and Lupe have no choice but to borrow Sunny’s mother’s car and head for the nearest Planned Parenthood, which is hours away.
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Their trek turns into a shaggy-dog catalog of misadventures, bad judgment and bickering. Plan B has a few things in common with recent films like Rachel Lee Goldenberg’s Unpregnant (a comedy) and Eliza Hittman’s Never Rarely Sometimes Always (decidedly not a comedy), both about teenage girls seeking abortions and unable to get them in their home state . The stakes are a bit lower in this scenario, because Sunny’s pregnancy is only a possibility. But Plan B still gives you a sense of how traumatic an actual pregnancy would be for Sunny, who is barely past the point of just being a kid. One of her cruel classmates hisses behind her back, “She dresses like a huge American Girl doll,” and there’s some truth in it—Sunny has a kind of loping, corduroy-overall demeanor, though it’s clear she’s just one pushup-bra away from being a bombshell. Similarly, Lupe seems to have it all figured out—but she too is navigating an uncertain path, one she’s not sure her closest friend, let alone her father, will accept.
This is one of Natalie Morales’ first films as a director (she has worked mostly as an actor), and she can’t always finesse the script’s cartoony crudeness masquerading as sexual frankness. But she still strikes the right tone overall. Plan B never condescends to Sunny and Lupe or the things they care about, but it also gives us permission to laugh about the things they don’t know. (I mean, how are you supposed to approach a pierced penis?) At the same time, it’s clear-eyed about their restrictive surroundings. Even the little yellow bus that picks them up for school, tootling past neat clapboard suburban houses as well as farmland, seems somehow dispiriting, a symbol of a home-towny way of life that means them no harm even as it hems them in. Plan B is about craving parental approval but also needing to break away, and about the uncertainty of living in a place where you may not be allowed to be yourself. It’s also about that point where you just have to take charge of your own destiny—and hope that your town, your state, or your country isn’t standing in your way.
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Raunchy teen comedies can only be as sincere and big as the size and nature of the heart they dare to wear on their sleeves. Sure, its sex-centric jokes can be hilarious, but can you imagine loving “ Superbad ” without the disarmingly sweet friendship of Jonah Hill ’s Seth and Michael Cera ’s Evan at the film’s core? It’s exactly because of that bromance that deepens and struggles over the course of a booze-soaked night where “I love you man”s and nose-boops get exchanged, that we affectionately adore that movie. Natalie Morales ’ “Plan B” seems to agree, as it is the same spirit the actor-turned-director revives in her feisty and hilariously foul-mouthed debut feature. Here, we follow two high-school-aged girlfriends, a sharp, witty, motor-mouth pair with enviable platonic chemistry and harmony, on an overnight road-trip as they seek an emergency solve to a probable accidental pregnancy within South Dakota’s conservatively anti-choice confines.
In that regard, Morales’ movie walks in the footsteps of various recent female-centric pictures—the top-shelf studio comedy “ Blockers ” with a fiercely sex-positive message, the delightfully vigorous “ Booksmart ” and to a degree, even the devastating “Never Rarely Sometimes Always” with its fearless plunge into America’s shameful anti-abortion leanings. And it does so with such energy and singularity, thanks in large part to the leading duo—two undeniable stars-in-the-making. One is the exceptional Kuhoo Verma , whom you might recall from her brief yet memorable scene in “ The Big Sick ” as an arranged match to Kumail Nanjiani . (“The truth is out there!”) She plays the straight-laced Sunny, whose hobbies include masturbating to male bodies in her anatomy book and trying to live up to the high expectations of her successful mom while steering clear of her culture’s prying eyes that she calls “The Indian Mafia.”
Her flaky bestie Lupe is played by the peerlessly charismatic Victoria Moroles (“Teen Wolf”), who is the exact opposite of Sunny in every way—she recklessly vapes, purposely aggravates her traditional single dad with her rebellious clothing choices, and doesn’t care all that much about schoolwork. We get introduced to the duo in a “Thelma & Louise” style parallel montage, scored to “Every 1’s A Winner” by Hot Chocolate (perhaps just to throw in a “ Frances Ha ” reference in there in solidarity with female friendship movies) and get to understand just how dissimilar they are. Still, as soon as they come together in school corridors, there's a palpable bond between these two misfits, which they seem to have sealed against the squarely popular kids and customary meanies of their class.
But when Sunny’s mom goes out of town, the girls decide to throw a party for all anyway, just to have an excuse to invite their crushes over. Sunny’s is called Hunter, played adorably by Michael Provost who perfectly personifies a high-school jock, but one with depth and smarts. When her plan to seduce him goes off the rails, Sunny throws herself into the arms of the amicably well-meaning religious recluse Kyle ( Mason Cook ) as a misjudged consolation, a spur-of-the-moment miscalculation that necessitates the morning-after pill. But with the town’s pharmacist refusing to sell it to them (using the state’s maddening “conscience clause” as a justification), the girls hit the road to the nearest Planned Parenthood.
Their trip predictably presents various speed bumps and potholes, but Morales and droll screenwriters Joshua Levy and Prathiksha Srinivasan refuse to slow their ride down, even when they overindulge in conflicts and certain superfluous detours. But through it all, the film’s tenderness and adventurous soul remains in tact, with Morales honoring both female friendships and the individuals that generously gift their own meaning, reality and character to a lasting womanly relationship. In that, it's simply a joy to laugh alongside Sunny and Lupe, as it is to witness their growth into their cultural and sexual identities with a little loving help from each other and their supportive families. While “Plan B” is not a perfect teen movie, it's one with a defiantly good heart and a vibrant, colorful atmosphere crafted by a talented director. On those grounds alone, this is a ride worth hopping on.
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Stream It Or Skip It: ‘Plan B’ On Hulu, Where Two BFFs Hit The Road To Find A Morning After Pill
Where to stream:, stream it or skip it: ‘bottoms’ on prime video, a crazed teen-comedy satire from emma seligman and rachel sennott, 'goosebumps' renewed for season 2 on disney+, stream it or skip it: ‘suncoast’ on hulu, an uneven indie dramedy enlivened by a terrific nico parker, in 'miller's girl,' is jenna ortega pushing back against her teenage roles, or playing with fire.
The teen comedy genre has put out some real gems over the last few years; between Booksmart , Blockers , and The Edge of Seventeen (just to name a few), we’ve seen some truly great, fresh flicks that take place in high school. Natalie Morales’s Plan B, now streaming on Hulu, easily earns its place among these favorites, and comes with the added bonus of a timely theme at its heart.
PLAN B : STREAM IT OR SKIP IT?
The Gist: Lupe (Victoria Moroles) and Sunny (Kuhoo Verma) are best friends living in South Dakota. Lupe spends her mornings rebelling against her pastor father with black lipstick and a secret nose ring, while Sunny’s worst fear seems to be disappointing her mother. The girls have their respective crushes – Lupe on the mysterious Logan, who she’s only talked to over text, and Sunny on Hunter (Michael Provost), a cardigan-loving popular boy. When Sunny’s mom goes out of town for the weekend, Lupe sees it as the perfect opportunity to throw a party.
What begins as a hopeful evening soon takes a turn when Sunny loses her virginity to an unexpected player in less-than-ideal fashion. Hoping to solve Sunny’s problem quickly, the two hit the local pharmacy for a Plan B pill – only to discover that a “conscience clause” – a very real thing that allows pharmacists to refuse to sell emergency contraception to minors if they don’t “feel right” about it – will prevent them from purchasing the pill. The two then set off on a bonkers roadtrip that sees them encounter quirky gas station attendants, pierced drug dealers, and a love interest or two… all for a life-changing little pill.
What Movies Will It Remind You Of?: Plan B is a worthy addition to the teens-fending-for-their-own-reproductive-health canon, which also includes flicks like Unpregnant and Never Rarely Sometimes Always . There’s also a hint of Booksmart and Superbad here.
Performance Worth Watching: This is a star-making turn for Kuhoo Verma, who takes center stage with grace and humor and an ease that implies she’s been doing this much longer than she actually has. As straight-laced Sunny, she’s got insane comedic timing, stealing every one of her scenes with an electric screen presence that makes it impossible to look away. Whether she’s serving a wide-eyed deadpan or sobbing in a parking lot, Verma makes it obvious that she was made for this. I can’t wait to see what she does next.
Memorable Dialogue: There are some great lines in Plan B , but I got such a kick out of an early exchange between Lupe and her pastor father over breakfast when he criticizes her look: “Jesus wore dresses and nobody judged him, right?” she quips. “Everybody judged him. They crucified him,” her father deadpans back.
Sex and Skin: There’s a lot of sex talk, and a perfectly awkward virginity-losing scene that takes place on a bathroom counter, as well as a steamy car hookup.
Our Take: With Never Rarely Sometimes Always, Unpregnant , and Plan B all having been released in the last year and change, it’s no secret that reproductive rights are a hot issue. Each of these films handle the subject matter with their own storytelling styles, with Plan B managing to combine all the raunchiness of a flick like Superbad with its timely message about women’s sexual healthcare. While Plan B seems less interested in saying a lot about access to emergency contraception than it is in delivering laughs and a sweet story about best friends coming of age, it still feels incredibly important.
The heart of Plan B is really its dynamic duo, played so lovably by Victoria Moroles and Kuhoo Verma. They’re the perfect mismatched pair, obvious chemistry and adoration for one another shining through every encounter. Just like Booksmart – another movie that delivers an unforgettable female friendship at its center – Plan B understands that the bond between these BFFs is the most crucial ingredient in this ridiculous recipe. The story isn’t all that new (with the exception with the appearance of one pierced appendage I can’t imagine would have made the cut had this gone to theaters), but Lupe and Sunny’s relationship feels fresh and compelling enough for all of it to mean something. Plan B may not always know what it’s doing, but at least its leading ladies do.
Our Call: STREAM IT. Plan B strikes a sweet balance of heartfelt, raunchy, and timely, easily earning its place among some of our most beloved teen comedies.
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Two is a coincidence and three is a trend — and that includes the burgeoning genre of road trip movies about teen BFFs dealing with reproductive health. Natalie Morales ‘ “ Plan B ” joins Eliza Hittman’s luminous “Never Rarely Sometimes Always” and Rachel Lee Goldenberg’s cheeky “Unpregnant” and, like those films, follows a pair of best friends who are forced to fend for themselves in a world that doesn’t value girls or their medical autonomy. Much like “Unpregnant” in particular, “Plan B” mixes real humor with some uncomfortable truths about the current state of sexual healthcare in America, though it doesn’t hammer its realities home quite as hard as its predecessors.
Best friends Lupe (Victoria Moroles) and Sunny (Kuhoo Verma in a star-making comedic turn) both come from strait-laced, “traditional” families — Sunny is convinced the “Indian mafia” are reporting back her every move to her overbearing mom, Lupe’s Mexican-American clan is decidedly church-centric — and are some of the few people of color in an overwhelmingly white small town in the middle of nowhere, South Dakota. They’re both a little bit sex-crazed (hey, turns out that puberty is weird and hormones are very real), with the more experienced Lupe dabbling in a sexting relationship with the mysterious Logan, while the more reserved Sunny is nursing a major crush on local cutie Hunter.
Neither of their families are interested in having real conversations about sex, and their batty home economics teacher (Rachel Dratch in a small role) is saddled with teaching them about abstinence and little else. What’s a girl — a real, red-blooded, hormone-addled, classic teenage girl — to do? At least they have each other.
Boned up on plenty of teen movie lore and giddy with the blind luck of Sunny’s mom being out of town for the weekend, Sunny and Lupe opt to throw a rager, in hopes that both Logan and Hunter will attend and get busy with the darling BFFs during the night’s revelry. What could go wrong? After she overhears some mean girls terming her preppy sartorial look as being more “huge American Girl doll” than cool teen, Sunny opts for a quick-change makeover, including a handmade thong. One painfully honest virginity-losing session later, and the movie finds Sunny and Lupe in need of a different kind of diversion: How the hell they can obtain a Plan B pill before it’s too late for shell-shocked Sunny?
“Plan B” finds its drama in weirdo loopholes and mind-bendingly dumb state laws. Sunny and Lupe are denied the pill because they’re underage and South Dakota, like many states — and this is true! — allow its pharmacists to invoke a “conscience clause” when it comes to doling out emergency contraception to anyone under 18. (Basically, they can refuse it based on how they feel about the situation.) One bad pharmacy run later, the girls set out for the nearest Planned Parenthood, triggering a wacky and raunchy road trip with real stakes.
While both “Never Rarely Sometimes Always” and “Unpregnant” dug more deeply into the very real ramifications of such laws, “Plan B” is less adept at weaving together its on-screen hijinks with real world implications. Instead, it often zips off into raunchy, wild subplots that wouldn’t feel out of place in a film with less important matters on its mind. There’s a sequence that involves a pierced appendage that would probably make every single member of the MPAA ratings board scream, plus a number of subplots about illicit drugs, and while those are all funny enough, they tend to scan as coming from a different kind of movie.
The film is Morales’ second outing as a director in less than six months: She previously helmed the pandemic-produced “Language Lessons,” which she co-wrote and starred in with indie stalwart Mark Duplass. The same sense of intimacy and warmth that ran through that feature is present in “Plan B,” which often swaps those outsized comedic gags for moments built on close character interactions. Those are the moments when “Plan B” really seems to be working its magic.
Joshua Levy and Prathiksha Srinivasan’s script offers predictable beats and unexpected pleasures in equal measure; it’s inevitable that something will happen to force Sunny and Lupe into a knock-down-drag-out fight, but “Plan B” tackles that necessary beat with rare honesty and real laughs. Verma and Moroles are a formidable duo, mismatched BFFs with actual chemistry and obvious affection for each other, and Verma’s insane comedic timing in particular helps push the film forward even when it threatens to stall out as it tips between wacky comedy and key character moments.
It’s not exactly a good sign that the current state of America’s dismal reproductive healthcare rules and regulations, plus the continued discounting of young women of being capable of making their own choices, could inspire three films with roughly the same plot line in less than 18 months. But it’s also thrilling to see filmmakers contextualize these issues in human terms, and “Plan B” excels at entertainment as advocacy. It also just so happens to include a pierced penis as a hysterical plot point, and it’s exactly that degree of liberated raunchiness that makes it worthy of celebration.
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“ Plan B ” is a girls-behaving-badly all-night-long road-trip comedy that’s built on a formula chassis, but it’s fast and funny, with a scandalous spirit, and it’s got a couple of lead performances that, if there’s any justice, should have the town talking. The film made me realize that almost every time a movie like this one comes along that has young women at the center of it, it’s been an independent film. In the randy teens + binge party = escalating trainwreck genre of high delinquent comedy, that’s a crucial distinction, because it means that the films bypass a certain mainstream blandification. “Plan B” will be released May 28 on Hulu, and it’s clear that the relevant executive note-givers did not see fit to demand that the movie lose certain jokes outrageous enough to hit viewers like a comic shock wave.
Whereas a comedy like “Superbad,” great as it is, was able to draw on films ranging from “American Graffiti” to “License to Drive,” “Plan B” has a vastly shorter pedigree, one that stretches back to maybe “Bachelorette” (2012), a scabrously anti-romantic comedy that caused a stir at Sundance (though it didn’t go anywhere after that). In 2018, the edgy and accomplished prom-night comedy “Blockers” made more of an impact, and one year later Olivia Wilde’s “Booksmart” busted down what was left of that door. The floodgates were now open for comedies about young women who had the disreputable daring and horndog narcissism and porn-star vocabularies and sheer what-the-f—k-ness that decades of movies had been celebrating in young men.
Natalie Morales, the director of “Plan B” (the witty script is by Prathi Srinivasan and Joshua Levy), gives the film an eager, flowing vibrance that’s there from the opening sequence, set to the irresistible fuzz-box funk of Hot Chocolate’s “Every 1’s A Winner” (a song I thought “Frances Ha” owned, but not anymore), as it crosscuts between the morning rituals of the movie’s two high-school heroines. Sunny (Kuhoo Verma) wakes up by masturbating to a drawing of a naked man in her school anatomy textbook (turning her stuffed elephant the other way), only to have to endure an off-to-school lecture by her scolding perfectionist of a single mom. And Lupe (Victoria Moroles) vapes herself awake, though with her black lipstick and two-tone hair she can’t get past the breakfast table without her single dad saying that she looks like a skunk.
These two meet up, as they do each morning, on the bus, and as soon as they’re together the dialogue flies. (Lupe, surveying the effect of the teasing selfie she posted that morning: “Look at all the squirt emojis my butt caused!”) Victoria Moroles, who has been a regular on “Teen Wolf” and the Disney Channel’s “Liv and Maddie,” rules over this movie like the second coming of Ally Sheedy, with the vulnerability burned off and replaced by a fierceness so self-protective it becomes its own form of vulnerability. She’s a magnetic spitfire. And Kuhoo Verma, who had a tiny role in “The Big Sick” and has, like, no credits , is a total find. You could say that she’s playing the Beanie Feldstein role, but with her sidelong geek humanity Verma puts Sunny in her own bubble of skewed perception.
There are two essential ways to stage an all-night-long youth-comedy ramble. The first, pioneered by “American Graffiti,” is to make everything that happens feel blissfully random, or at least not pre-ordained; a sensation of constant discovery should rule the night. Then there’s the clanking, connect-the-dots school of programmed happenstance. “Plan B” falls somewhere in between, but at least it gives you the feeling that the characters are acting on impulse, and it’s those impulses that are getting them into trouble. With Sunny’s mother out of town for the night, the two girls decide to throw a party at Sunny’s house, all so that Sunny can throw herself at the dude she adores. His name is Hunter (Michael Provost), and he’s a pensive jock. “Who plays hockey in a cardigan?” says the lovestruck Sunny, swooning over him in the gym. [awestruck whisper:] “He’s like an athletic librarian!”
The rendezvous is destined not to come off as planned. What Sunny doesn’t expect, and what seems all too plausible to us, is that she would wind up in the bathroom with Kyle (Mason Cook), the school’s ardently self-involved Christian nerd, and that they would both fumblingly see no good reason not to go at it. Which they do. But the next morning, the condom he was using slips out of her. In other words: It slipped off in the act. She and Lupe now have a little more than 24 hours to hunt down a Plan B morning-after pill.
If the notion of a movie that sounds like “Never Rarely Sometimes Always” crossed with “Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle” is not immediately to your liking, I’m here to say: Give “Plan B” a chance. It’s not a film that’s flip about potential pregnancy. But it does deal with a world in which a 17-year-old girl might find herself in the position of having to make a fork-in-the-road decision about her destiny.
Getting ahold of that pill proves trickier than it sounds. The movie is set in conservative small-town South Dakota, where the local pharmacist (played by “Super Troopers” director Jay Chandrasekhar) refuses to give them the pill, which sends them driving off to Rapid City, where a Planned Parenthood should be open the following morning. But a great deal stands in the way of their getting there, like a hilariously parochial convenience-store clerk, or the skanky drug pusher who claims to have a morning-after pill (though it might be PCP) and offers a horrible deal to the girls, which (surprisingly) they take. Just when you think a teen comedy can’t push the envelope too far past full-frontal male nudity, it does. And then there’s Lupe’s dream date with the rock drummer she met online, whose identity movingly reconfigures her own. “Plan B” rarely loses its snark value, but it offers the quintessential contemporary sound of girls who know far too much doing all they can to outrace their innocence.
Reviewed online, May 20, 2021. MPAA Rating: Not rated. Running time: 108 MIN.
- Production: A Hulu release of an LD Entertainment production, in association with Counterbalance Entertainment, of an American High film. Producers: Josh Heald, Dina Hillier, Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg, Matt Lottman, Mickey Liddell, Pete Shilaimon, Jeremy Garelick, Will Phelps, Ryan Bennett. Executive producers: Natalie Morales, Michael Glassman.
- Crew: Director: Natalie Morales. Screenplay: Prathi Srinivasan, Joshua Levy. Camera: Sandra Valde-Hansen. Editors: Nathan Orloff, Brendan Walsh. Music: Isabella Manfredi.
- With: Kuhoo Verma, Victoria Moroles, Michael Provost, Mason Cook, Jolly Abraham, Jacob Vargas, Myha’la Herrold, Timothy Grandaderos, Rachel Dratch, Edi Patterspon, Moses Storm, Jay Chandrasekhar.
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‘plan b’: film review.
In Natalie Morales’ charming film for Hulu, two teens drive through South Dakota in search of the morning-after pill.
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Last year, a pair of strong, tonally divergent films told stories of teen girls forced to circumvent a cruel lack of access to reproductive health services. Never Rarely Sometimes Always , Eliza Hittman’s astute and sobering drama, followed a 17-year-old and her cousin from rural Pennsylvania to New York as they sought an abortion for the former. A few months later, Unpregnant , a raucous comedy directed by Rachel Lee Goldenberg, chronicled the adventures of two friends on a similar mission.
As the most recent addition to the ever-evolving subgenre, Plan B risked becoming a tired rehash of its predecessors. But thanks to Natalie Morales ’ assured direction and knockout performances by the two leads, this spirited and affecting Hulu original steers decisively clear of that fate: Plan B begins as a classic teen comedy that, over the course of roughly two hours, distinguishes itself as an empathetic and quick-witted portrayal of how two friends grow up together.
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Release date: Friday, May 28 (Hulu) Cast: Kuhoo Verma, Victoria Moroles, Michael Provost, Myha'la Herrold, Jolly Abraham, Mason Cook Director: Natalie Morales Screenwriter: Joshua Levy, Prathiksha Srinivasan
As in most buddy comedies, Sunny (Kuhoo Verma) and Lupe (Victoria Moroles) could not be more different. Sunny — very shy and incredibly smart — is desperate to escape the watchful eye of her Indian mother and have sex with her crush. Lupe, feistier and more rebellious, spends her time entertaining a string of lovers and eschewing her religious Mexican father’s pleas for her to dress — to paraphrase him — less ridiculously. The two bond over being outcasts at their predominately white high school in South Dakota.
Early scenes, which take place in the locker rooms, gym, classrooms and halls of said institution, efficiently establish Sunny and Lupe’s dynamic. Sunny bemoans her lack of sexual experience, while Lupe oscillates between playfully making fun of her and assuring her that her time will come soon. Their hilarious conversations, dripping in sarcasm and performed with a blithe ease, are sometimes interrupted by secondary characters who brilliantly make the most of their screen time — notably, mean girl Megan (Gus Birney) deploring Lupe’s armpit hair and Kyle (Mason Cook), an exasperating Christian boy, trying to impress the two friends with his magic tricks.
When Megan’s party gets cancelled (because her dad accidentally shot himself in the foot), Lupe offers Sunny’s house up for an impromptu Friday night rave (Sunny’s mom is out of town for the weekend). The plan is simple, really: get Sunny and her equally shy but predictably more popular crush, Hunter (Michael Provost), in the same place so the two can finally hook up.
Of course, that’s not what ends up happening. Hunter leaves the party early to drive a dangerously drunk Megan home, and a disappointed Sunny has sex with Kyle instead. The next morning, the used condom falls out of her vagina, and a panicked Sunny and Lupe rush to the pharmacy to buy Plan B. The pharmacist at the counter refuses to sell the pill to them, citing a ridiculous, but real, South Dakota legal clause that allows providers to deny minors access to contraceptive pills if it goes against their own morals.
Plan B ’s charm deepens when Sunny and Lupe embark on a three-hour drive to a Planned Parenthood in a different city. Prathiksha Srinivasan and Joshua Levy’s sharp script is elevated by Verma and Moroles’ natural chemistry, the actresses feeding off of each other’s energy and adding texture to their characters through animated facial expressions. In one particularly fine sequence, Sunny and Lupe cruise down the highway, listening to a low-key catchy Christian trap song with a chorus that repeats the line “do it all for Jesus.” Lupe, whose father is a pastor, timidly looks at Sunny, trying to gauge her reaction. They sit in silence until Sunny admits, “it’s kind of good,” and Lupe relaxes, confessing that she secretly loves the song. “Who are you?” Sunny replies half-jokingly. It’s a sweet exchange that reflects a particular kind of experience within close friendships: that moment when, reaching a new level of comfort, you unabashedly reveal a hidden part of yourself.
Over the course of the film, Sunny and Lupe’s road-trip adventures become increasingly outlandish, but even the most tired genre tropes feel fresh when filtered through these two leads. It’s worth noting, too, that the fact that Plan B needs to be taken within 72 hours (the first 24 being optimal) heightens the narrative stakes of the film. As they travel through South Dakota, the duo find themselves in desperate situations — including one where they fight over who will give a drug dealer a blow job in exchange for fake IDs — that naturally test the strength of their friendship. These situations also yield surprisingly introspective moments that enrich our understanding of Sunny and Lupe, imbuing them with personality and dimension beyond the fact that they’re both daughters of immigrants.
Plan B is not by any means a completely consistent film — the latter half suffers from an uneven pace, and some of Sunny and Lupe’s blowouts feel unearned considering their mutual admiration — but it takes its subjects seriously, and gives teen girls of color license to have fun and make mistakes. Coming on the heels of her well-received Berlinale-bowing film Language Lessons , this delightful feature confirms Morales as a director to keep an eye on.
Distributor: Hulu Production companies: American High, Counterbalance Entertainment, LD Entertainment Cast: Kuhoo Verma, Victoria Moroles, Michael Provost, Myha'la Herrold, Jolly Abraham, Mason Cook Director: Natalie Morales Screenwriters: Joshua Levy, Prathiksha Srinivasan Producers: Ryan Bennett, Jeremy Garelick, Josh Heald, Dina Hillier, Jon Hurwitz, Mickey Liddell, Matt Lottman, Will Phelps, Hayden Schlossberg, Pete Shilaimon Executive producers: Chris Bongirne, Michael Glassman Cinematographer: Sandra Valde-Hansen Production designer: Nate Jones Costume designer: Lindsay Monahan Editor: Nathan Orloff Casting directors: Kathleen Chopin, Jill Anthony Thomas
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‘Plan B’ Review: A Joy Ride in Search of Emergency Contraception
Two teenagers embark on a madcap road trip to Planned Parenthood in this comedy from Natalie Morales.
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By Teo Bugbee
In the endearing comedy “Plan B,” Sunny (Kuhoo Verma) and Lupe (Victoria Moroles) are teenage best friends, bonded by hormonal longings and their will to sneak around their strict but loving parents.
Together, the pair throw a party when Sunny’s mom is out of town, and impulsively, Sunny has sex for the first time. When she wakes up, she realizes that she slept with a condom inside her body, risking an unplanned pregnancy. Emergency contraception is needed, and Lupe is right alongside her friend as she runs to retrieve it.
The only problem is that Sunny and Lupe live in South Dakota, a state that allows pharmacists to deny medication based on objections to reproductive rights. Sunny and Lupe are refused morning after pills at their local pharmacy, so they take to the road in search of the nearest Planned Parenthood, making room on their route for rendezvous with playground drug dealers and concerts headlined by crushes.
This buddy comedy ( streaming on Hulu ) was directed by the actress Natalie Morales , and her filmmaking demonstrates the same easy confidence she has shown as a performer in movies like “Battle of the Sexes” and TV series like “Dead To Me.” The pace isn’t rushed, the punch lines are casually underplayed and the performances are relaxed and charismatic. The emphasis in “Plan B” stays on its characters and their relationships with each other, and this grounded sense of care lends a sense of assurance to more risqué sequences — including an extended scene of full frontal male nudity.
The movie doesn’t make a joke of Sunny and Lupe’s concerns about pregnancy, dating and parental expectations, and in turn, it’s a delight to laugh through their goofier exploits.
Plan B Not rated. Running time: 1 hour 48 minutes. Watch on Hulu.
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A not-so-exhaustive list of book-to-movie/series adaptations coming in 2024
B ook-to-series and book-to-film adaptations are nothing new. However, in the last few years they’ve ramped up to an astonishing degree.
While this is by no means an exhaustive list (hence the title), I’ve attempted to cobble together the books that have been turned to either a series or a movie that are coming out this year.
UPDATED : The Idea of You will premiere at SXSW on March 16, but will be released on Prime Video on May 2.
- Fool Me Once – Harlan Coben, Netflix Series (Jan. 1)
- Boy Swallows Universe – Trent Dalton, Netflix Series (Jan. 11)
- Monsieur Spade – stars Clive Owen; based on Dashiell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon, AMC and AMC+ series (Jan. 14)
- The Outrun – stars Saoirse Ronan; based on Amy Liptrot’s 2016 memoir, movie premiered at Sundance (Jan. 19)
- The Expats – stars Nicole Kidman; based on Janice Y.K. Lee’s 2016 novel The Expatriates, Prime Video series (Jan. 26)
- Masters of the Air – stars Austin Butler, Callum Turner and Barry Keoghan; Donald L. Miller, Apple TV+ series (Jan. 26)
- All of Us Strangers – stars Andrew Scott and Paul Mescal; based on Taichi Yamada’s 1987 novel Strangers, All of Us Strangers, movie (Jan. 26)
- Feud: Capote vs. The Swans – stars Tom Hollander, Demi Moore and Molly Ringwald; based on Laurence Leamers’s 2021 book Capote’s Women: A True Story of Love, Betrayal, and a Swan Song for an Era, FX/hulu series (Jan. 31)
- Argylle – stars Henry Cavill; Elly Conway, movie (Feb. 2)
Argylle’s a strange case in the sense that the book came out only less than a month before the movie. Oh, and there are rumors that Taylor Swift is Elly Conway.
- The Tiger’s Apprentice – Lauren Yep, Paramount animated series (Feb. 2)
- Orion and the Dark – Emma Yarlett, Netfliex animated series (Feb. 2)
- Force of Nature: The Dry 2 – stars Eric Bana; Jane Harper, Australian movie (Feb. 8)
- One Day – based on David Nicholls’ 2009 book, Netflix series (Feb. 8)
Nicholls’ book was previously adapted into a movie in 2011 starring Anne Hathaway.
- Lisa Frankenstein – a gender-bender reimagining of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, movie (Feb. 9)
- Tracker – stars Justin Hartley, based on Jeffrey Deaver’s 2019 novel The Never Game, CBS series (Feb. 11)
- Shōgun – stars Hiroyuki Sanada; James Clavell, FX/hulu series (Feb. 27)
Clavell’s 1975 novel was previously adapted into a television series in 1980.
- Spaceman – stars Adam Sandler; based on Jaroslav Kalfar’s 2017 novel Spaceman of Bohemia, Netflix movie (March 1)
- The Regime – stars Kate Winslet; based on Hernan Diaz’s 2022 novel Trust, HBO/Max series (March 3)
- Dune: Part Two – stars Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya; Frank Herbert, movie (March 14)
Dune was previously adapted into two TV mini series: one in 1984 and another in 2000.
- Apples Never Fall – stars Annette Bening and Sam Neill; Liane Moriarty, Apple TV+ series (March 14)
- Manhunt – stars Tobias Menzies; based on James L. Swanson’s 2007 book Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer, Apple TV+ series (March 15)
- Palm Royale – stars Laura Dern and Allison Janney; based on Juliet McDaniel’s 2018 novel Mr. and Mrs. American Pie, Apple TV+ series (March 20)
- 3 Body Problem – Liu Cixin, Netflix series (March 21)
- We Were the Lucky Ones – stars Joey King and Logan Lerman; Georgia Hunter, hulu series (May 8)
- A Gentleman in Moscow – stars Ewan McGregor; Amor Towles, Paramount+/Showtime series (March 29)
- Ripley – stars Andrew Scott; Patricia Highsmith, Netflix series (April 4)
The movie The Talented Mr. Ripley, starring Matt Damon and Jude Law, was released in 1999.
- Mary & George – stars Julianne Moore and Nicholas Galitzine, based on Benjamin Woolley’s 2017 book Benjamin Woolley, Starz series (April 5)
- The Sympathizer – stars Robert Downey Jr.; Viet Thanh Nguyen, HBO/Max series (April 14)
- The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare – stars Henry Cavill; Giles Milton, movie (April 19)
- The Tattooist of Auschwitz – Heather Morris, Paramount+ series (May 1)
- The Idea of You – stars Anne Hathaway and Nicholas Galitzine; Robinne Lee, Prime Video movie (May 2)
- Dark Matter – stars Jennifer Connelly and Joel Edgerton; Blake Crouch, Apple TV+ series (May 8)
- Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire Season 3 – stars Jacob Anderson and Sam Reid; Anne Rice, AMC/AMC+ series (May 12)
- Bridgerton Season 3 Part 1 – stars Nicola Coughlan and Luke Newton; based on Julia Quinn’s 2002 novel Romancing Mr. Bridgerton, Netflix series (May 16)
- Queenie – Candice Carty-Williams, Hulu and Disney+ series (June 7)
- Cold Storage – stars Liam Neeson and Joe Keery; David Koepp, movie (June 20)
- It Ends With Us – stars Blake Lively; Colleen Hoover, movie (June 21)
- Harold and the Purple Crayon – stars Zachary Levi and Zooey Deschanel; Crockett Johnson, movie (Aug. 2)
- Perfect – based on gymnast Keri Strug’s 1997 autobiography Landing on My Feet, a Diary of Dreams, movie (Sept. 9)
- The Legacy of Mark Rothko – stars Russell Crowe; Lee Seldes, movie (Oct. 25)
- The Amateur – stars Rami Malek; Robert Littell, movie (Nov. 8)
- Wicked Part 1 – stars Arianna Grande and Cynthia Erivo; Gregory Maguire (Nov. 27)
- The Lord of the Rings: The War of Rohirrim – J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, animated movie
To Be Announced
- House of the Dragon Season 2 – stars Emma D’Arcy and Matt Smith, based on George R.R. Martin’s 2018 novel Fire and Blood, HBO/Max series
- Turtles All The Way Down – John Greene, movie
- Lady In The Lake – stars Natalie Portman; Laura Lippman, movie
- The Electric State – stars Millie Bobby Brown and Chris Pratt, Netflix movie
- The Spiderwick Chronicles – Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black, Roku series
- The Shrinking Of Treehorn – Florence Parry Heide, Netflix animated movie
- Uglies – stars Joey King; Scott Westerfeld, Netflix movie
- Cross – based on James Patterson’s Alex Cross novels, Prime Video series
- A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow – stars Kit Connor; Laura Taylor Namey, movie
- They Both Die at the End – Adam Silvera, Netflix series
- Interior, Chinatown – stars Ronny Chieng and Jimmy O. Yang; Charles Yu, hulu series
- Dune: Prophecy – based on Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson 2012 novel Sisterhood of Dune; HBO/Max series
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Biden administration is forgiving $1.2 billion in student debt for 153,000 borrowers. Here's who qualifies.
By Aimee Picchi
Edited By Anne Marie Lee
February 21, 2024 / 5:00 AM EST / CBS News
The Biden administration on Wednesday said it is automatically forgiving $1.2 billion in student debt for 153,000 borrowers. Loan holders whose debt will be discharged will receive an email from President Joe Biden today informing them of the forgiveness, the Department of Education said.
The debt relief is the latest push from the White House to address the nation's $1.77 trillion in student debt after the Supreme Court last year invalidated the Biden administration's plan for broad-based student loan forgiveness. That plan would have helped more than 40 million borrowers each wipe away up to $20,000 in debt.
With this latest round, the Biden administration said it has approved loan relief for nearly 3.9 million borrowers, many of whom have been repaying their debt for decades. The 153,000 borrowers who qualify for the latest debt forgiveness are those who are enrolled in the Saving on a Valuable Education (SAVE) repayment plan and who have made at least 10 years of payments.
"[I]f you've been paying for a decade, you've done your part, and you deserve relief," said U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona in the statement.
Who qualifies for this new debt forgiveness?
The Biden administration said 153,000 borrowers who are enrolled in the SAVE plan are eligible.
Those who are eligible have been enrolled in repayment plans for at least 10 years and originally borrowed $12,000 or less for college, the Education Department said.
For every $1,000 borrowed above $12,000, a borrower can receive forgiveness after an additional year of payments, the department added.
What steps do borrowers have to take?
None, according to the Education Department.
People receiving a loan discharge will get an email from Biden today about their loan forgiveness, and don't need to take further action. Servicers will process the forgiveness in the next few days, and borrowers will see their loans forgiven in their accounts, according to the statement.
What is the SAVE plan?
The SAVE plan is income-driven repayment program, or IDR, that was created by the Biden administration. IDRs peg a borrower's monthly payment to their income, lowering their financial burden.
The SAVE plan was designed to fix some problems with older IDR programs, such as allowing interest to snowball on a borrower's debt.
All borrowers enrolled in SAVE can receive forgiveness after 20 years or 25 years of repayments, but the White House has developed the shorter 10-year forgiveness period for people with smaller balances.
Borrowers can apply for the SAVE plan here .
How many people are enrolled in SAVE?
There are currently 7.5 million borrowers enrolled in SAVE, the Education Department said on Wednesday. About 4.3 million of those have a $0 monthly payment.
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Aimee Picchi is the associate managing editor for CBS MoneyWatch, where she covers business and personal finance. She previously worked at Bloomberg News and has written for national news outlets including USA Today and Consumer Reports.
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AINBO: Spirit of the Amazon (2021) Streaming: Watch & Stream Online via Starz
By Elton Fernandes
AINBO: Spirit of the Amazon is a 2021 adventure fantasy film that follows Ainbo, a brave young girl, who teams up with quirky animal spirits to defend her Amazon home from a greedy tycoon threatening its beauty and existence. Join her epic journey through stunning landscapes filled with magic and adventure
You can watch and stream AINBO: Spirit of the Amazon via streaming services such as Starz.
Is AINBO: Spirit of the Amazon available to watch via streaming?
Yes, AINBO: Spirit of the Amazon is available to watch via streaming on Starz.
In the heart of the Amazon, young Ainbo yearns for adventure outside the sheltered life of her village. When a mysterious illness strikes, she embarks on a daring quest with her hilarious spirit guides – Dillo the armadillo and Vaca the tapir. Together, they must face mythical creatures, outsmart loggers, and confront the legendary Yacaruna, a vengeful spirit threatening their rainforest paradise. Along the way, Ainbo uncovers the truth about her heritage and unlocks the potential within, learning that the greatest power lies in protecting the delicate balance of nature and embracing her true spirit.
The film features the voices of newcomer Lola Raie as the spirited Ainbo, veteran voice actress Naomi Serrano as Zumi, and Dino Andrade bringing humor as the quick-witted armadillo Dillo. Rounding out the cast are Bernardo de Paula as Huarinka and Rene Mujica as the village elder Atok.
Watch AINBO: Spirit of the Amazon streaming via Starz
AINBO: Spirit of the Amazon is available to watch on Starz.
It is a premium streaming service offering a diverse range of content, including hit series like “Outlander” and “Power.” Starz also provides a cinematic experience with acclaimed titles such as “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Spider-Man: Far From Home.”
You can watch via Starz by following these steps:
- Go to Starz.com’s sign-up page .
- The standard rate for the six-month plan is $46, excluding any special offers
- The standard for the monthly plan is $9.99 per month, excluding any special offers
Starz is also available as a Prime Video Channel, meaning that subscribers to the Amazon Prime Video service can also receive discounted access to Starz. The discounts offered vary throughout the year. You can sign up here .
AINBO: Spirit of the Amazon’s synopsis is as follows:
“The epic journey of a young hero and her Spirit Guides who embark on a quest to save their home in the spectacular Amazon Rainforest.”
NOTE: The streaming services listed above are subject to change. The information provided was correct at the time of writing.
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A new Russian city called Dobrograd is being built in the Vladimir Region of Russia. It is being built according to the concept of a 15-minute city, where everything necessary for a person to survive is within a 15-minute walking distance.
Judging by the information on the website, construction of this has been underway for a year already.
These cities are nothing short of enslavement. And yet the public at large still hasn’t figured out what the ruling classes are doing to them and Dobrograd is not the only one, according to a Substack article by Redko Da Metko.
Dobrograd is not the only one. On Sberbank’s website , you can find a detailed presentation of another “smart city,” and the title of the article hints at the same 15-minute city model from the World Economic Forum.
In August 2021, the 15-minute triangle project of the Moscow city plan came in the top 30 of the 15-minute city international ‘ Urban Design Competition ’. The size of the “15-minute area” is 3 by 3 kilometers. The Moscow city plan is a triangular modulus city in the form of a polycentric urban planning system. The main transport networks are located underground, above ground there are only bicycle and pedestrian routes, and the buildings are raised on supports. Much attention is paid to energy efficiency: it is planned to use renewable energy sources (solar, water, wind). – The Daily Exposé
One such city called Sber City was developed by Herman Gref. Apparently, what you do after you create “a whole universe of services for human life”, like cattle-tag systems for schoolchildren and surveillance cameras that can face-recognize muzzled wage slaves and even stray dogs, is you figure out how to enslave humanity even more.
As a public service, your correspondent created a one-minute summary of Gref’s Door to the Future:
People living in these cities are going to have every convenience at the tips of their fingers, that is, if the ruling class allows them to use that convenience. What could possibly go wrong when a few have total control over the many?
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