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Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston: DVD gift suggestions on the occasion of their engagement

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romeo-and-julietImage Credit: Everett CollectionYou know how colleagues or teammates or the whole office chip in to celebrate a friend’s big news? Here’s an opportunity to provide young parents and on-again sweethearts Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston with a relevant video library — well, with a list of titles, anyway — that suits their lifestyle. What should they watch on their big flat-screen TV on the many nights when they’re home together with baby Tripp, just the two of them, no babysitting relief, and they’re tired of playing Boggle?

Here’s what I’m contributing:

Riding In Cars With Boys (2001). Based on a tough memoir by Beverly Donofrio. Drew Barrymore is really great as Beverly, a girl in 1960s Connecticut whose life is upended by one fateful night. She gets pregnant at 15, she has the baby, she’s forced by her family to marry the deadbeat, druggy father (Steve Zahn), she leaves the guy, she shares her travails with a girlfriend (the late Brittany Murphy), who is also a teen mom. For added difficulty, Barrymore also plays Beverly as a woman in her thirties with a grown son.

For Keeps (1988). Molly Ringwald and Randall Batinkoff play Darcy and Stan, high school seniors whose lives are upended by one fateful weekend. Darcy gets pregnant, the two keep the baby, they get married, they have a lot of struggles. It all works out.

Juno (2007). Ellen Page. Michael Cera. “That ain’t no Etch-A-Sketch. That’s one doodle that can’t be undid, Homeskillet.” “This ain’t no food baby, all right? I’ve taken, like, three pregnancy tests, and I’m forshizz up the spout.” “If I could just have the thing and give it to you now, I totally would, but I’m guessing it probably looks like a sea-monkey right now and we should let it get a little cuter.” There’s more where that came from.

Romeo + Juliet (1996). No one gets pregnant. It’s all very romantic and very tragic, very classic Shakespeare and crazy-lush Baz Luhrmann. It’s also very Leonard DiCaprio and Claire Danes (top). If we could roll back time, wouldn’t they be a perfect casting choie for Levi and Bristol?

Now it’s your turn to kick in. The best part is, you don’t need to cough up any cash.