In The Pill, Fred (Noah Bean) drunkenly goes home with Mindy (Rachel Boston), a woman he's just met. The two flirt and play the drinking game "I Never." But there are a few important things they don't find out about each other in the process: 1) that Mindy's newly single, and 2) that Fred's in a relationship. Oh, and that Mindy's not on birth control and doesn't believe in abortion. (But no, she's not Rick Santorum.)
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The two have unprotected sex in the heat of the moment. The morning after is blissful, until Fred finds out that there's a chance he knocked up the redheaded stranger beside him. He convinces Mindy to take the morning-after pill and accompanies her to the pharmacy. The two bicker about the situation — free-spirited Mindy thinks Fred's overreacting — and Fred just wants to flee the scene once she takes the pill. But there's a dilemma. This emergency contraceptive consists of two pills to be taken 12 hours apart. Fred's not sure he can trust Mindy to take them as prescribed, but he's definitely sure he doesn't want to be a father.
So the two spend the day together. Each hour brings them closer to the second dose, while also revealing all the lies that facilitated the hook-up in the first place. The film's plot is hinged on red flags — the ones we look for, and the ones we miss. But our obsession with dealbreakers is the reason people are dishonest in the first place. Sometimes we meet the right person at the wrong time, and sometimes the right person turns out to be the wrong person. Why can't we accept that?
YourTango spoke to J.C. Khoury, writer, director, and producer of The Pill, about dealbreakers, stereotypes, and getting off (pun intended) on the wrong foot.
YourTango: You wrote this film after a real-life experience with the morning-after pill. What happened?
J.C. Khoury: I was with my girlfriend at the time, and the condom broke. Being a professional hypochondriac, I was hysterical and just sure she was pregnant. She was calm, saying, "I know my body. I'm 90 percent sure everything's fine." But I said, "That's 10-percent reason why we have to get the morning-after pill now!" When we went to the pharmacy, we found out she actually had to take two pills 12 hours apart. So that's where I got my idea. What a ticking clock. What if a man and woman in this situation hardly knew each other or didn't trust each other? Would the guy stick around to make sure the woman took both pills?
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