Parents' Guide to

October Baby

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Faith-based drama about adoption, abortion, forgiveness.

Movie PG-13 2012 105 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 13+

Somewhat uneven but overall good message

The reviewer did a pretty good job. The plot was slow moving and overly complicated, and my wife and I were still trying to sort out some of the flow after the movie was over(so I guess they transferred two severely premature babies from Mobile to where the family lives? Not likely, but ok). Also, the story did not seem to be written or consulted by anyone with adoptive children. There was virtually no use of "birth parents" or "biological parents", just "real mom" and other harsh terms used by the uneducated(I understand the use of those terms in moments of anger by the lead, but this was a constant by all throughout the movie). The morality shown by the leading lady was very good. Not preachy, but she stuck with her values throughout the movie. The writers did know how to pull on(and out) the heartstrings, again, especially if you have been involved in adoption. I do disagree that the conversation with the nurse was purposefully shocking. The entire storyline was about a girl born premature as the result of a failed abortion. At some point what actually happened during the abortion needed to be said. I thought that was the most real and most powerful part of the movie. If people cannot handle the truth then they can go watch Hunger Games again. The part of the movie I struggled with the most was the angle that the girl had emotional issues as a result of the failed abortion and **SPOILER ALERT** loss of her sibling. That seem to be the explanation to her inner turmoil while having a beyond perfect life with truly loving parents.

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age 16+

Fear, Shock, Drama, and Religion Used to Push Anti-Abortion Stance

If you want to use fear, confusion, shock, sadness, and an almost improbable scenario to make someone oppose abortion this is your movie. The movie is intensely melodramatic, dripping with judgement and shockingly disturbing (eg. scene with nurse detailing the attempted abortion where the ‘brother’s arm was torn off by the procedure’, etc.). I am so grateful I watched this before my 13-yr old son saw it in class. It is disturbing that people think this is the right way to ‘share’ their religious beliefs.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Earnest and well-meaning, OCTOBER BABY will most likely appeal to a Christian audience that already shares its guiding principles. A warm-hearted romance, good performances, and solid production values are marred by a slow pace, overly literal music choices, and illogical story elements. The plot relies heavily upon coincidence; the tragedies and lies pile up, and as they do, it becomes very hard to suspend disbelief. And the scene in which the delivery nurse (Jasmine Guy) describes the abortion attempt and Hannah's subsequent premature birth seems purposefully shocking (as well as unlikely) in order to drive home a particular point of view.

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