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A 1995 Dramedy written by Don Roos, starring Whoopi Goldberg, Drew Barrymore, and Mary-Louise Parker. It was director Herbert Ross's last film before his death.

The film starts out with Jane (Goldberg), a lounge singer, answering an advertisement to drive from New York to California with Robin (Parker), a real-estate agent. They stop in Pittsburgh, and interrupt a fight between Holly (Barrymore) and her abusive boyfriend. Holly joins them on the trip (after some shenanigans involving her boyfriend's accidental death), and reveals she's eight weeks pregnant.

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Then things get weird.


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  • Can't Have Sex, Ever: Robin, due to being diagnosed with AIDS.
  • Chocolate Baby: Apparently, Holly wasn't exactly faithful to Nick.
    • Set up by this exchange early on (which also doubles as a Funny Moment):
    Holly: "To think it's possible I killed my baby's daddy!"
    Jane: "To think it's possible? You hit him on the head with a baseball bat; he's dead!"
    Holly: "No! I mean it's possible that Nick is the daddy."
  • Dude, She's a Lesbian: Holly reveals Jane's sexuality to Robin.
  • Incompatible Orientation: Jane spends most of the movie crushing on Robin, who is straight. She also spent some time before the film crushing on Holly. According to Holly, this is a recurring problem for Jane.
  • Lawful Stupid: Holly's new boyfriend and eventual husband.
  • Oh, Crap!: When they realize that Nick is dead.
  • Road Trip Plot: The first act, before they settle down in Tucson due to Robin's hospitalization.
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