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Blu-ray Review: Overwritten Script Fails Emotional Core of ‘October Baby’

October Baby

CHICAGO – “October Baby,” which has generated a bit of controversy as we rarely see widely-released films that preach so directly to the pro-life choir and was recently released on Blu-ray and DVD, is an incredibly frustrating film. Laying the political hot-button issue aside (and, for the sake of disclosure, I feel like I should note that I am strongly pro-choice), there are things to like here, especially the strong performances from Rachel Hendrix and Jasmine Guy.

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October Baby with Rachel Hendrix

CHICAGO – In our latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 60 pairs of movie passes plus 10 grand-prize DVDs up for grabs for the advance screening of the new film “October Baby” starring Rachel Hendrix, Jason Burkey and John Schneider!

Film Review: Splendid Photography, Strong Acting Almost Save ‘October Baby’ From Far-Fetched Melodrama

October Baby
HollywoodChicago.com Oscarman rating: 2.5/5.0
Rating: 2.5/5.0

CHICAGO – When reading the plot synopsis for the film “October Baby,” there were a few things I already expected. “A college freshman’s world is rocked when she learns she is the adopted survivor of an attempted abortion” (IMdb). While this is clearly a recipe for melodrama and emotion, writers Jon Erwin and Cecil Stokes ended up creating a story that is even more unrealistic than I first imagined. Luckily for them, the film is still salvaged by some strong acting performances and some engaging visuals.

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