October Baby: A Review

Well-Rounded Treatment of a Hard Subject

October Baby is a movie about identity, forgiveness, healing, love, and, ultimately, life. A film by Jon and Andrew Erwin, best known for producing several award winning music videos, it addresses these issues through a very emotional story about a young college student who finds out secrets that her parents had been keeping from her. Not only was she adopted, she was an abortion survivor. Hannah, played by Rachel Hendrix, had been suffering from epilepsy since childhood, having had several hip surgeries, and going through intense psychological trauma. Who was she? Why does she feel empty? Why did she feel depressed? Why does she feel unwanted? (To better understand this, google “abortion survival stories” to see where aspects of this story came from). This news led her on a journey to find the truth, which she believed would set her free. Along the way, she would discover more secrets were being kept, by a clinic nurse, by her biological mother, by her parents. Would she find the freedom she so desperately sought? You need to watch the film to find out. Until then, please allow me to tell you what I thought was valuable about the film. First ,the trailer –>

Not Your Average “Christian” Movie

One of the criticisms that the movie has received from critics is that it speaks to a convinced audience, that is “preaches to the choir” so to speak. Some criticized the script, the cinematography, and the acting. If you have seen some “Christian” movies released to the general public, you might expect those criticisms to prove true. First, you’ll notice that I put “Christian” in quotations marks. Is there really such thing as a “Christian” movie? As opposed to a “nonChristian” film? What makes a movie “Christian”? Is it the subject matter? Who produced it? Who watches it? How it is made? Who the actors are? This is one subject that needs much more thought by Christians involved in the film industry. Whatever it may be, the label “Christian” should not become a stigma. I feel that for the general public, a stigma it may have become. It is unfortunate that some critics have tried to use this stigma to quarantine October Baby into a little box tucked away into the corner. In some ways, this is a Christian movie. It was written by self-identified Christians and treats a theme that many Christians from Protestant to Catholic have been very vocal about in the public square. But this is truly a public issue about universal human rights. But this movie does not preach at the audience.

Unlike many “Christian” movies, the actors and actresses were professionals, to some degree. In fact, one comes away from the movie appreciating the performances of the actors. Also, the cinematography was good, even though some scenes do remind you of how a music video might look, instead of a movie, but this wasn’t a distraction. In fact, some scenes were outstandingly beautiful. The scene with Jasmine Guy, as a former abortion clinic nurse, was particularly striking in content and plot development–watch –>

Overall, the movie was beautiful to watch and reflected the goodness of God’s creation in a positive way.

Beyond its value as a work of art, the movie also made a compelling argument. It treated the issues of abortion and adoption in a fairly comprehensive manner. This wasn’t a simple movie, nor did it make trite statements or cheap political soundbytes. Furthermore, it was deeply emotional. And from many testimonies, it was quite true to real life. As such, this is a great movie for those who are pro-choice. It shows the true and dire affects of many choices people make. Here are a couple of testimonies, one by an actress in the film, the other by an actual abortion survivor, that are quite telling –>

In other words, I think this movie not only took on a tough issue, it did so in a way that was both artistic and compelling. I highly recommend that you go see this film.

“I love you baby”

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  1. Beyond its value as a work of art, the movie also made a compelling argument.

    Agreed! Most impressive was the film made the argument without making an argument. That is, it simply told a story. The movie’s “message” was revealed far more by plot than by dialogue.

    Well done, Wes.

  2. Amen! The LORD bless the work of your hands.

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