Last weekend, my family and I watched “October Baby” over “The Hunger Games.” It came as no surprise when the “The Hunger Games” claimed the Number 1 spot at the box office. While I’m not familiar with the namesake book, I prefer movies that tickle emotions and instill important values on its viewers.
“October Baby” came in at Number 8 and did surprisingly well with its limited release. Although “October Baby” isn’t viewed with the same fervor as “The Hunger Games,” it deserves equal attention for spotlighting the pro-life movement.
It takes immense courage to produce a pro-life film in an industry dominated by leftists, moral relativists, and abortion apologists. The filmmakers, cast, crew, and sponsors should be commended for accomplishing this marvelous feat.
To most, a film like “October Baby” is too controversial. Here are common excuses used to discourage people from seeing a movie like “October Baby”:
It’s too controversial! Politicians are best left to deal with abortion.
Who cares about saving babies? They’re parasites, or better yet, clumps of cells.
Pro-life film? Conservative propaganda!
Society has abandoned traditional values. Get with the times.
Despite this, the case for seeing “October Baby” can be made.
The film follows Hannah (Rachel Hendrix) on her quest to find the meaning of life. After learning she was adopted following a failed abortion, the protagonist confides in her good friend Jason (Jason Burkey) and joins his group of friends on a Spring Break trip. They embark on a journey to discover more about Hannah’s hidden past. She ventures to the hospital where she was born, and later finds her birth mother. She soon discovers that her birth mother doesn’t want her in her life. Crushed, Hannah decides to search elsewhere. She talks to a Catholic priest about the meaning of life, and learns that life isn’t bound to one plan. Hannah eventually finds solace in forgiveness, and decides to move on with her life.
One must see “October Baby” to truly understand the message behind it. It will inspire one to become a better defender of the unborn and the defenseless. The film will move all viewers, and compel them to appreciate life more. Even the reluctant pro-abort will come around to liking it, and possibly have a change of heart.
Many on the Left will be quick to distort the film’s message. For example, a New York Times review dismissed the film:
More slickly packaged than most faith-based fare, “October Baby” gussies up its anti-abortion message with gauzy cinematography and more emo music than an entire season of “Grey’s Anatomy.” But not even a dewy heroine and a youth-friendly vibe can disguise the essential ugliness at its core: like the bloodied placards brandished by demonstrators outside women’s health clinics, the film communicates in the language of guilt and fear.
Surprisingly, the L.A. Times offered some words of praise in its review of the film:
Fine performances and authentic emotion trump some heavy-handed speechifying in co-directing brothers Andrew and Jon Erwin’s faith-based, anti-abortion drama “October Baby,” a film whose poignancy is hard to deny whatever side of the abortion debate you fall on.
In order to change peoples’ minds about abortion, movies like “October Baby” should be made and shown to large audiences. The late Andrew Breitbart – who was adopted and staunchly pro-life – understood the importance of tapping into pop culture.
At the 2009 National Policy Council gathering he said, “I am saying, why didn’t we invest 20 years ago in a movie studio in Hollywood, why didn’t we invest in creating television shows, why didn’t we create institutions that would reflect and affirm that which is good about America?”
“October Baby” will impact Americans in a profound way. It is undeniable that the pro-life movement has grown with each electoral, legislative, journalistic, or volunteer success. Efforts like “October Baby” can and will sway people towards life.
“Simple morality dictates that unless and until someone can prove the unborn human is not alive, we must give it the benefit of the doubt and assume it is (alive). And, thus, it should be entitled to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” – Ronald Reagan