You Know When Christians Make a Bad Movie

You Know When Christians Make a Bad Movie June 5, 2014

…and then advertise it, not by telling you “This is a good movie” but by telling you, “This movie deserves your support because Christians made it and even though it sucks, you still have to go see it”?

Well, it appears Planned Parenthood has adopted this marketing strategy. Upset with “Knocked Up” and “Juno” both telling stories of crisis pregnancies which end with the tragedy of a living child , some lunatic ideologues have created an “abortion romantic comedy” which ends with the child properly killed. Sounds like the ultimate date disaster. It’s the sort of movie that only people driven by ideological commitment will go see.

Message: An abortion is supposed to be a happy occasion! Let’s not bicker and argue about who killed who!

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  • Thomas Novak

    I think the worst part is how well it has been received. 87% fresh rating and and a 6.8 on IMDB. Just goes to show the state of the the culture

    • Alexander S Anderson

      I’m pretty sure almost every review includes some iteration of “the movie deals with abortion in the right way,” too. It’s depressing.

    • chezami

      I suspect it’s going to be one of those critical “eat your spinach” movies where the media culture gets on board to call it an “important” film, but most people won’t go see it. We’ll see. If it’s funny, people will go see it. If it’s spinach, they won’t.

      • Evan

        It looks like a fairly smallish indie film, which most people won’t go see. The only chance it has is if the media beefs it up. (And even if they do, I doubt they will be that successful.)

        FWIW, I saw the trailer about a month ago, and for the first fifteen seconds or so it looked like a sweet, quirky indie rom-com, then it looked needlessly crass, and then it became clear that it was going to be preaching that abortion is awesome.

  • Mark S. (not for Shea)

    I’m no psychic, but I’m comfortable in this prediction: This movie will not be a financial success.

  • Jason Hall

    Is it just me, or is “Obvious Child” an especially disturbing title for a pro-abortion movie?

    • JM1001

      What’s interesting is that pro-choice folks used to object to being called “pro-abortion.” But I can’t think of any other term to describe this movie. Again, Knocked Up and Juno are also essentially pro-choice, and yet these people object to those two films anyway. If you object to movies that are essentially pro-choice simply because the female characters chose life, then I think “pro-abortion” is an accurate term to describe your position.

      • Mariana Baca

        Well, have not seen Knocked up, but in Juno, Juno chooses life because she comes to see the fetus as a human baby because of the witness of a clinic protester (being kind to her despite not particularly liking her, and telling her humanizing details about the fetus) and the callousness of the abortion clinic volunteer, being narcissistic about her own sex life when Juno was in crisis. The movie shows clinic protesters as mostly harmless and a useful voice of counterpoint to someone making a choice, as well as young, female, and normal. It also shows adoption and motherhood as hard choices, but fundamentally good and selfless ones. The abortion clinic worker was not shown as evil, but shown as weird, callous, and immature.

        So it is a movie that doesn’t denigrate abortion, but it shows it as the most immature and self-centered option, and shows pro-life people in a mostly-harmless, humorous light. Which is not the image PP wants to portray, when it vilifies pro-life people as dangerous extremists or hateful people, and their services and life-saving and necessary and at constant battle with pro-life folks. It hurts their narrative, basically.

  • JM1001

    It’s telling that they object to Knocked Up and Juno, in which the pregnant women in each film freely chose to keep their child, making those movies essentially pro-choice. It’s just that they went a step further, and promoted a “pro-choose life” message.

    Since (I assume) the makers of Obvious Child already agree with the pro-choice message that is still essentially at the core of Knocked Up and Juno, are they, then, trying to promote a “pro-choose death” message, in contrast to the other two films?

    In any case, I’m sure this “abortion romantic comedy” will do what always must be done in order to make a culture embrace death: sterilize it. It was said “the filmmakers worked closely with Planned Parenthood to depict an abortion experience accurately…” But I highly doubt we will actually see the unborn human who has just been killed. Showing the actual consequences of an abortion does not serve the true purpose of the film.

    A much more effective movie is the horrifying Romanian film 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days. On the one hand, it has pro-choice sentiments, given that it’s about a young woman who, with her friend’s help, seeks an illegal abortion in Communist-era Romania. But, on the other hand, the film depicts the consequences of that choice: the abortionist who takes advantage of her; and the movie actually shows the bloody, lifeless body of the unborn human after they are done.

    Will Obvious Child do the same? Probably not. They will, I think, opt for sterilizing death, hiding its actual consequences.

  • I note that the writer-director’s name is Robespierre. What a telling coincidence.