April 22, 2012

Every Life Is Beautiful: A movie review of October Baby

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Written by: Jen Robidoux

Have you ever gone to a movie at the theater just knowing that the next 2 hours will be totally worth the outrageous price of the ticket and popcorn that you’ve just purchased? And as the lights dim while you eat your popcorn, have you ever contemplated how this movie will change and maybe even save lives? That’s right, a movie that’s entertaining and might even save lives. How could you not go see such a movie?

October Baby is such a movie. I was blessed to see it on March 31st and I am happy to announce that you can too. As entertaining as it is life changing, this highly anticipated film is produced, directed, and co-written by Brothers Andrew and Jon Erwin. They came up with the idea for the story after listening to abortion survivor, Gianna Jessen. It is not a big budget film. In the fact, the major studios turned down this movie, landing it number 8 in the nation it’s opening weekend, March 23-25, 2012.

It’s a human journey of discovery; finding out who you are, and who you are meant to be.

October Baby is the story of Hannah, a college student who discovers the shocking truth that everything she thought she knew about her life was completely different from reality. She was adopted after a failed abortion attempt. Angry and confused, Hannah embarks on a road trip to search for answers with Jason, her longtime friend. Her incredible journey to discover her hidden past and find hope for an unknown future leads Hannah to another discovery – that life can be much more than what you have planned.

The tag line, “Every Life Is Beautiful” encompasses the heart of the movie. Neither preachy nor condemning, October Baby shows the beauty of life and the freedom of forgiveness. Every life is beautiful, from the life that was “not meant to be” to the life that tries to forget. It’s a human journey of discovering who you are and who you are meant to be.

October Baby isn’t all serious and heavy. There are some light-hearted moments including a spring break road trip in a hippie van (See video below). In fact, if you follow American Idol, you might recognize Chris Sligh from Season 6 in his acting debut.

So, how does October Baby change lives?  At the end of the movie, stay and watch as the credits role. You will see the story of healing and forgiveness for Shari Rigby, the actress who played Hannah’s birth mother in the movie.

“The story actually had been truly written for me and Jon and Andy didn’t even know my back story at all,” Shari Rigby tells the audience. Through making this movie Shari was able to confront her decision to have an abortion and find healing, forgiveness and peace.

This movie has even saved a life. A woman accompanied friends to see October Baby in Oklahoma, while contemplating an abortion. Nothing her friends tried to say could convince her otherwise. After the movie, she changed her mind.

It made a crack in her heart to allow the truth about life to enter and prevail.

“It made a crack in her heart to allow the truth about life to enter and prevail,” her friend wrote on the Facebook page for the movie. I’m sure there are many more stories like Shari’s or this unborn child’s that haven’t been told or have yet to be told. Could yours be one of them?

All in all, October Baby is powerful and thought provoking. It will leave you with tears running down your cheeks and a smile from ear to ear! And it might just change your view of reality.

Check out October Baby’s website for more information, interviews, and a list of theaters near you:

About the Author

Jen Robidoux
Jen Robidoux
For Jen, every life is beautiful! She works with autistic elementary students as a para-educator in Hudson, NH and sees the beauty and uniqueness of every child. Proudly Catholic and pro-life, Jen attends St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Derry, NH, where she is an extraordinary minister of the Eucharist. During her free time, you can find Jen hanging out and having fun with friends, watching movies, or relaxing with a good book.


  1. Elaine Robidoux

    Nice job reviewing this movie Jen. I enjoyed watching it also. Well done. Love Mom

  2. jordan signor

    Awesome review Jen; keep it coming! I read Hunger Games, really enjoyed the books and am excited to see the movies. But I made it a point to take my wife to see this because they came out the same week. I know that pro-life movies like October Baby don’t stay in the theaters that long. We as Catholics need to rise up and make sure to help great movies like this get seen… at least by all Catholics. Hollywood makes movies that people will spend money on; so if we all support these movies then more will be made. If we support crap then thats what we and our children will be force-fed. If you haven’t seen this, and especially if you’re Catholic, then you better buy the DVD. Help light up the darkness! Keep and share the faith!

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