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Redwood Falls Gazette
  • ‘October Baby’ is worth seeing

  •   When I first heard about the movie “October Baby”?I?wondered what kind of message it would portray on the big screen. If one solely went by the reviews I checked out prior to going and seeing it for myself, I would have gone into seeing the film with a bit of cyni...
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  •   When I first heard about the movie “October Baby”?I?wondered what kind of message it would portray on the big screen. If one solely went by the reviews I checked out prior to going and seeing it for myself, I would have gone into seeing the film with a bit of cynicism. After all, the movie critics used words like controversial and polarizing to describe this film – all because of its topic. “October Baby”?is a movie which addresses the issue of abortion, and while the topic is certainly a political one for many I would not consider it any more controversial or polarizing than the majority of movies Hollywood rolls out each year. In the movie a young girl learns she has survived a botched abortion, although she lived most of her life not knowing anything about it. The movie plays out as this young college women goes on a road trip to try and found out the answers her adoptive parents could not give her. This is an emotional movie to be sure and it is a movie you are going to leave with very strong opinions, but those opinions are not just about abortion. They are about things like family, forgiveness and love. “October Baby”?is playing in Redwood Falls at the Twin Theater right now, and I?want to offer my appreciation to the Hardins for bringing this movie to our community. I?also want to encourage all of you to take the less than two hours it takes to watch this film and to watch it with an open mind.  Perhaps you, like me, really enjoy watching movies for the entertainment it provides and really don’t want to go to a movie that is going to make you think. While movies are certainly meant to entertain, very few are so mind numbing they offer no message at all. This film is very well done, and for you ladies who may have had a crush on Bo Duke from the “Dukes of Hazzard,” John Schneider has a major role in the movie. We live in a time when so many politicians avoid the social issues in life, and when people like Tim Tebow speak up about what they believe their comments are often ridiculed. The mainstream media will tell you there is no place for that kind of “rhetoric”?in the public discourse. Yet, they are all certainly more than willing to push their own agenda – calling those who agree enlightened and those who disagree close minded. There may be plenty of reasons you might offer about why you should not see this movie, but I?want to offer you one reason why you should. The mainstream of Hollywood does not want you to see this. They don’t want you to think outside of the box they have created. They don’t want you to think at all. If nothing else, go and see “October Baby” just to let Hollywood know they do not own you.

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