Betsy and I were privileged to see an advanced screening of October Baby last night, and I’m still trying to process all of my thoughts.
It was emotionally moving, but not sappy nor sentimental.
It was thought-provoking, but not philosophically deep.
It was laugh-provoking, but not a comedy.
It addressed a woman’s struggle, but it’s not a chick flick.
It addressed parenting, but it’s not a dry documentary.
It is just a GOOD movie.
The script was good, the acting was good, the cinematography was good, even the soundtrack was good. The message that all life is precious comes through clearly, but not in an in-your-face, shove-it-down-your-throat way.
The movie is rated PG-13 because of the subject matter (a girl on a quest to find her birth mother, after discovering that she’s the survivor of a failed abortion attempt). But because of the purity of the movie (not a single swear word, zero sexuality), I would recommend families see this together.
This is a story that needed to be told, and the Erwin brothers did a phenomenal job telling that story.
Send a message to Hollywood, go see October Baby on opening weekend, March 23-25.