October Baby had a strong opening this past weekend placing eighth overall at the box office with an opening weekend gross of $1.7M and third among major releases in per screen average ($4,352 per screen). As expected some members of the press have taken shots at the movie in their reviews, but those snide remarks had little to do with the movie. The real issue at stake is the rights of the unborn.
LA Times coumnist Gary Goldstein provided an honest, charitable review stating "Andrew and Jon Erwin's faith-based anti-abortion drama is poignant, no matter which side of the debate you fall on."
In her review for Baptist Press, Joni Hannigan wrote "No doubt the movie sends strong messages about the beauty of life, the importance of each life -- but it's not preachy. It doesn't need to be. It's pro-life, but October Baby is also about choices. It's about the choice to save a life. It's about the choice to adopt a child. It's about the choice to raise a child. It's about the choice to forgive. It's about the choice to forgive others. It's about the choice to forgive one's self."
John Hanlon of TownHall.com offered up one of the best pieces about the movie in his interview of John Schneider. "Regardless of your feelings about the issue of abortion, October Baby does offer up a unique perspective. The film does offer up its share of values but it's accessible to believers and nonbelievers alike."
If you haven't seen October Baby yet, I encourage you to do so. Take a friend. Remember, every life is beautiful.