October Baby

Like many teenagers, Hannah (Rachel Hendrix) feels screwed up and muses in her diary about why she's alive. Unlike many teenagers, her angst has a specific source, and October Baby consists of its torpid, pop-pious exploration. Hannah learns that she's the survivor of a failed second-term abortion; her resulting health problems include epilepsy, asthma, bountiful brown hair, and perfect eyebrows. Disillusioned with her adoptive parents (John Schneider and Jennifer Price), Hannah embarks on a VW self-discovery tour with her friends and makes eyes at Jason (Jason Burkey) over the head of his squirrelly blond girlfriend. Soon, it's just the two of them making their way to Mobile and Hannah's birth mother. Directed by Christian-rock-video veterans Andrew and Jon Erwin, October Baby feels like a Focus on the Family/Lifetime collaboration: A slick piece of pro-life propaganda, it has relatively luxe production values, painfully earnest performances, and a drippy "inspirational" score. Jasmine Guy shows up as the regretful nurse present at the botched abortion and leads Hannah to her mother, who—spoiler alert—turns out to be a heartless lawyer with no official recollection of her sins. "Life isn't always black-and-white," Guy says. Except, of course, when it is.

 
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Trina
Trina

I don't think that it's a coincidence that October Baby was snubbed. If I remember right, Hunger Games came out that same weekend. Maybe the bigwigs of hollywood were worried at the boggle at people's consciences when they went to go see a movie that weekend!!! " Hmmmmm ... Do I go see the movie that has kids trying to kill one another or- do I see the movie that supports a respect for human life?" A little scary what secular America will do to protect their profit margin.

Juliew Taylor
Juliew Taylor

Unbelievably unprofessional review.... think you could put aside your strong personal bias regarding the subject matter and just look at the strengths/weaknesses of the film? Who would listen to this person at all after a review like that?

2makeshiftwings
2makeshiftwings

Hmmm, perhaps you've uncovered your own self loathing michelle?

Dave
Dave

Wonderful movie!! I had not heard of it nor did I plan to see it until the news media stated October Baby was had been rejected by major studios. Hollywood is always screaming "CENSORSHIP!!!" when it comes to perverse or immoral movies so I was wondering why they and their lame critics tried to censor October Baby. I saw the show and was touched yet I am still wondering why snub the movie? Most propaganda that Hollywood pushes is subtle but this movie boldly shows there is another side to an issue that has divided a nation. Too bad so many pro-abortion people are closed minded. I can understand the rape, incest and life of mother argument but can also understand this movie.

Dave
Dave

Wonderful movie!! I had not heard of it nor did I plan to see it until the news media stated October Baby was had been rejected by major studios. Hollywood is always screaming "CENSORSHIP!!!" when it comes to perverse or immoral movies so I was wondering why they and their lame critics tried to censor October Baby. I saw the show and was touched yet I am still wondering why snub the movie? Most propaganda that Hollywood pushes is subtle but this movie boldly shows there is another side to an issue that has divided a nation. Too bad so many pro-abortion people are closed minded. I can understand the rape, incest and life of mother argument but can also understand this movie.

Lumpy_Hicks
Lumpy_Hicks

I was acquainted, and I mean only acquainted, with a guy in college who was blind, nearly deaf, and partially paralyzed because of his mother's attempt to chemically abort him. He was a beautiful person, a miracle!, not as Ms. Orange would say "a slick piece of pro-life propaganda." That's like saying cancer survivors are propaganda for Komen for the Cure. When are people going to give up the cognitive dissonance and acknowledge that life is life? Everyone should be pro-life!

Paul Sabrina Holmes
Paul Sabrina Holmes

The village voice makes money from child sex trafficking. Why would they support a pro-life movie? Even the founder's son was protesting this rag. Google it if you don't believe me.

Ndandejh
Ndandejh

I agree with Michelle on one point...Hannah does indeed have perfect eyebrows. From there our opinions diverge. I just dared my facebook friends to see it and said I'd buy them lunch if they could honestly say they weren't moved. For those who prefer not to share my company after finding out I'm pro-life, I'll send them an Applebee's gift card!

Sandynoser
Sandynoser

I'm seeing the movie tomorrow & I've always been prolife. It was a big topic when I was in high school, just before abortion was legalized. Anyway I love your wit! I'm in your corner.

Bayman2
Bayman2 like.author.displayName 1 Like

I thought it was one of the best wholesome family movies that i've seen in a real long time. Great message, with a powerful delivery and very inspiring. Definitely makes you reevaluate the way we view life...i would reccommend it to all 12-up

guest
guest like.author.displayName 1 Like

See Roger Ebert's review for a cogent, professional analysis of October Baby. Shame on you, Michelle Orange, for letting your obvious emotional opinions overshadow your review. English 101, dear - state your opinion, then back it up with facts from your source if it's an opinion piece. I was under the impression, however, that this was supposed to be a review of a movie, not a pro-choice op-ed piece. What makes this movie a slick piece of pro-life propaganda? How do you support that last line, that life is never black and white except when it is? Read Roger Ebert's review - that's professional. You could learn a lot from him!

Right
Right like.author.displayName 1 Like

Michelle Orange needs to go back to journalism school to learn how to not let her own personal view on the subject matter color her review of the quality of the production.

EagleWind
EagleWind

I feel you review is a pro-choice propaganda and has nothing to do with the quality of the movie. It is amazing when people who don't support YOUR view call others expression of their beliefs propaganda. Movie advertisement is propaganda, automobile marketing is propaganda, CNN and Fox new are propaganda, global warming in propaganda but I don’t see you over educated and under experienced people calling them out on it? Besides who are you to decide when a human is human to the sake of your indiscretion and irresponsibility?

To quote Obama, Seems out of your pay grade doesn't it?

I guess it’s ok to distort freedom of speech at the destruction of our society.

Rebecca
Rebecca

I see two types of reviews of this movie: those where the critics are honest about the film's strength and merit, regardless of whether or not they agree with the subject matter, and those who simply dismiss the film on the whole because it's pro-life. I'm no expert on movie reviews, but in my experience, professionalism is when you leave your preconceptions at the door and take the movie for what it is. Most film critics don't seem to have any problem doing this with pieces that depict horrific situations and inhuman brutality. Why do they have a problem when the film is about giving life?

prochoicefanofob
prochoicefanofob

Since your snide "spoiler alert" indicates you weren't professional enough to finish watching the film, how should we judge the rest of your review?

 

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