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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Heavily-biased points of view reinforce anti-abortion messages: abortion is murder, life begins at conception, and fetuses are people. A woman doesn't have the right to decide to murder her child. The Supreme Court's decision was based on political manipulation and justices listening to their wives and daughters instead of following the Constitution. People in favor of reproductive rights are manipulative liars who only want to advance their agenda while making lots of money performing abortions.
Positive Role Models
All anti-abortion characters are honest, altruistic people who only want to save kids. All characters who support reproductive rights are presented as lying schemers who are only interested in money or advancing their agenda.
Violence & Scariness
A fetus in the uterus appears to be reacting in fear as footage implies surgical instruments are approaching to kill it; sound includes scary music and a scream. Many metal buckets show viscera, implying they're full of aborted fetuses from an illegal abortion clinic. A number of scenes show a surgeon's gloved hands covered in blood. One scene shows bloody, gloved hands, a woman panting on a bed with her knees up, and the sound of snipping scissors. Simulated dismembered fetus are shown on a surgical tray. Suction machines are shown filed with what appears to be blood. Detailed surgical procedures for performing an abortion are given. Part of a racist speech is given with a burning cross in the background. One punch in the head. Police brandish guns, kick down a door, and push a man into a wall. Bloody clothing implies excessive bleeding after an abortion. A woman having an abortion screams in pain.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Several scenes take place in bars or on tropical beaches with adults drinking cocktails. Adults have wine with dinner.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Roe v. Wade is a drama that makes no attempt to hide its anti-abortion stance or to explore the issue with any kind of balance. Violence includes lots of disturbing images of blood, including buckets of viscera implying large numbers of aborted fetuses, blood on clothing, and gloved surgeon's hands covered in blood. Footage of a fetus implies that it reacts in fear and screams as surgical instruments approach to kill it. There's one punch in the face. Police brandish guns, break down a door, and shove a man into a wall. The only strong language is "damn" once. There's no sexual content, but reproduction, pregnancy loss, and adoption are briefly explored. Adults drink alcohol in bars, on tropical beaches, and with meals; no excess is shown. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Setting the controversy surrounding abortion aside would make this movie barely worth talking about. The script and acting in Roe v. Wade are so mediocre that there's nothing else to grab onto except the controversy, so the filmmakers don't hold back on that score. It shows its anti-abortion bias in so many emotionally and factually manipulative ways that there isn't space to catalog them all. The complete lack of substance drags the project down to an anti-abortion brow beating. Instead of promoting discussion and compromise, the film spends its time dividing the issue neatly into good versus evil, apparently more interested in fanning the flames of political division than anything else.
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