Friday, March 23, 2012

Opens Today: October Baby (Review)

Opening this weekend is a movie with a powerful message.

October Baby.

It's a movie that emphasizes one message.

Every Life Is Beautiful.

The movie focuses on Hannah, a college student, who finds out due to a series of illnesses that she is not only adopted, but also a survivor of a failed abortion. Her illness is due to her traumatic birth.

What follows is Hannah's efforts to find herself and her birth mother, all while trying to chart a path for her future. It also includes a side story of a father who learns how to let go of the past (watching his daughter struggle for life) so he can let her sour into the future.

Watch The Trailer Here

The movie is gritty. It is authentic and it has a solid plot.

It will leave thinking about the issues of abortion.

You may find yourself not only crying at the powerful moments, but also laughing at the humor.

Directed by Andrew and Jon Erwin, the movie is supported by a variety of ministries including American Family Association, Bethany Christian Services, Care Net, Concerned Women of America, Focus on the Family, Heartbeat International, Hope for Orphans, Family Life,, OptionLine, Students for Life of America and The Hope Line.

Among the stories captured by the Erwins' (about the film's impact) since it was completed is the story of Shari Rigby, the actress who plays Hannah's biological mother.

You can see a portion of her story here.

Regardless of your political stance and beliefs, I think the over arching message of this movie - that EVERY life is important and beautiful - is a great thing.

I'll be honest. This is a gritty movie. It doesn't pull the punches - but the grit isn't gratuitous. It's an honest, authentic story. It's not preachy.

But I probably wouldn't show it to middle schoolers and/or younger. I think high schoolers could handle it, if there's some "debriefing time" afterwards. I'll be honest, it was a tough movie for me to process.

But, I'm glad I saw it. . If anything it made me think. It also made me consider how to minister to families who might have this issue in their family story.

On the scale of one to five, I give this movie a solid four.

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Note: As a freelance journalist and as a children's pastor, I was given a chance to see this movie in a preview event. This review was not influenced by a free movie ticket - just in case you (or the FTC) were worried about this detail.

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