October Baby is the latest in a series of successful Christian movies.
This explores a side of abortion and adoption rarely discussed. Hannah, played by Rachel Hendrix, has serious health problems. Then, she learns she’s adopted, and her poor health goes back to when she was born. Hannah — as a fetus — survived a failed abortion.
The young woman decides she needs to find out why her birth mother aborted her. The guy she loves, but who loves somebody else, arranges for Hannah to join a trip he, his girlfriend and their buddies are taking to New Orleans. They just “happen” to be passing through Memphis where Hannah was born.
October Baby brings some positives. It is filmed beautifully by directors Andrew and Jon Erwin. And the acting isn’t too bad. The only name actor in the ensemble is an almost unrecognizable John Schneider from the legendary TV show The Dukes of Hazard.
While much of the script stays in soap opera territory and the movie is overly long, the five story and screenwriters manage to keep the message of love and forgiveness mainstream.
A couple of scenes — especially one with a cop with a heart — are touching. Depending on your point of view, October Baby does manage to score more than a few points.
If Christian movies are your thing, this is a good one.
Mr. Movie rating: 3 stars
Rated PG-13 for mature themes. It’s playing at Regal’s Columbia Center 8.
5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen
4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.
3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on video.
2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.
0 stars: Speaks for itself.