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OCTOBER BABY

What You Need To Know:

In OCTOBER BABY, a teenage girl learns she was born from a botched abortion. Angry at her adoptive parents and feeling unwanted, Hannah travels with her friend Jason to Mobile, Alabama to find her birth mother. She discovers the hospital on her birth certificate has closed. Therefore, she breaks into the empty hospital and is arrested. The police sergeant knows the nurse who signed the birth certificate. He lets Hannah go. Through the nurse, she finds her birth mother, but her mother is now a successful lawyer and still denies her. All of Hanna’s anger focuses on her adoptive parents when her father comes to get her. Only the love of Christ can help Hanna overcome and heal these painful wounds.

OCTOBER BABY is well made in terms of direction and acting. There are a few script flaws, but the editing is superb. Once the script comes together, the movie takes off and becomes incredibly compelling. OCTOBER BABY has a very strong Christian, moral worldview that’s anti-abortion. It demonstrates the forgiveness that can only be found in Jesus Christ. The subject matter requires caution for younger children, however.

Content:

(CCC, BBB, L, V, A, M) Very strong Christian, moral worldview where in Christ you are forgiven dealing with the tough topic of abortion; one obscured possible obscenity; descriptions of abortion; girl and boy share a room but nothing happens and boy and girl embrace; no nudity; suggestions of alcohol use at beach party; no smoking; and, breaking and entering, hints of hippie activity, disobedience to father but it’s resolved.

More Detail:

CTOBER BABY is a compelling movie with a great ending about rejection and healing.

The movie opens with Hannah appearing in a school play. She collapses in the middle of her lines. In the consultation with her father Dr. Jacob Lawson and her doctor, it’s revealed she was prematurely delivered as a baby from a botched abortion. Therefore, as a child, she had many operations and complications.

When she finds out all this information, Hannah is furious. Her parents are not her parents. She feels unwanted. So, against her adoptive parents’ wishes, she goes off with the big hunk on campus, Jason, in a beat up VW van with some other classmates to find her birth mother while they’re on their way to New Orleans to party during Spring Break.

In Mobile, Alabama, they find that the hospital on her birth certificate is shut down. They break in and are arrested. The police sergeant says he knows the nurse who signed the birth certificate. He lets Hannah go. Through the nurse she finds her birth mother, but her mother is now a successful lawyer, and she still denies her.

All of Hannah’s anger focuses on her adoptive parents when her father comes to get her. Only the love of Christ can help her overcome and heal these painful wounds.

OCTOBER BABY is well made in terms of lighting, direction, and acting. The script has some minor flaws. Once the script comes together, however, the movie takes off and becomes incredibly compelling.

OCTOBER BABY has a very strong Christian, moral worldview that’s anti-abortion and that demonstrates the forgiveness that can only be found in Jesus Christ. The subject matter requires caution for younger children.

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