October Baby Delivers Forgiveness and Grace
- Monday, March 26, 2012
Don’t even think about getting up before the credits roll—you’ll just find yourself standing on the theater stairs, transfixed by Shari Rigby’s testimony of how her role of Hannah’s birth mother reflects her real-life experience and the healing she experienced during filming. It’s almost as potent as the film itself.
- Drugs/Alcohol: Hannah shown taking a multitude of pills for her various medical conditions. College kids head to New Orleans for Spring Break, clearly intent on partying. One boy talks about drinking, getting drunk, blacking out, and getting arrested as a result.
- Language/Profanity: None.
- Sex/Nudity: Several female characters wear outfits a bit on the skimpy side but nothing more revealing than seen on teens in most American malls. Hannah and Jason share a hotel room (out of necessity) but she’s in bed, he’s on the floor—and they both end up asleep on the couch in the lobby, freaked out by the implications. Hannah talks about being a virgin and not having a “wild side.” Several characters sleep touching each other while piled in the van on the road.
- Violence: Hannah has a seizure, shown from her perspective and that of the audience. The description of the abortion and its aftermath is brutal but thankfully not shown on-screen.
- Spiritual Themes: Every life is beautiful. There’s a clear message of grace; it’s even stated in the credits that they want the film to be healing for post-abortive women, not condemning. Learning to trust God and the power of forgiveness are not just talked about, they’re shown. The film offers rare positive reinforcement for young people who do not follow the sexually-active, hard-living “norm” we see in so much of the media.
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