As one of the youngest Planned Parenthood clinic directors in the nation, Abby Johnson was involved in upwards of 22,000 abortions and counseled countless women on their reproductive choices. Her passion surrounding a woman's right to choose led her to become a spokesperson for Planned Parenthood, fighting to enact legislation for the cause she so deeply believed in. Until the day she saw something that changed everything.
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A Plugged In Conversation With Unplanned’s Ashley Bratcher
The new movie Unplanned hits theaters this weekend. This riveting, sobering drama tells the true story of Abby Johnson, a Planned Parenthood clinic director in Texas who eventually had a change of heart regarding abortion. In the film, Abby is portrayed by actress Ashley Bratcher. This week, we had a chance talk to Ashley and […]
It’s often said that all publicity is good publicity. Unplanned seems to be proving that axiom this week. Controversy began to swirl before the film was even released. This dramatization of former Planned Parenthood director Abby Johnson’s decision to leave her clinic received an R rating, prompting many to wonder if the film had been […]
Endings are hard. They’re hard to write. Hard to film. Hard to watch. (Just ask the creators of Lost, for example.) That’s because the more beloved a fictional set of characters is, the more investment we have in them. The more we have at stake. Which brings us to Avengers: Endgame, the culmination of 11 […]
Culture Clips: How Dirty Is Your Phone? Dirty. REALLY Dirty.
(”Unplanned” is briefly mentioned in this.)
So much to cover this week. So let’s dive in with some nasty news about the device many of you are probably using to read these words right now: your phone. If you’ve ever wondered how dirty it is—as in, how much bacteria calls your precious smartphone home—the answer is really dirty. In fact, experts […]
HiT Episode No. 103 Mike Lindell (MyPillow, 'Unplanned')
HiT cheers Ricky Gervais' defense of free speech, recommends a movie set during the early days of smart phones and chats with MyPillow founder Mike Lindell about his upcoming pro-life movie, 'Unplanned.'
More than 10 years ago, the faith-based movie Facing the Giants gained national headlines due to a controversy over its PG rating. It was free publicity that helped propel it to become a box office hit.
Unplanned does a lot right. The women, often young, who resort to getting abortions—they’re treated sympathetically and with love.
But I wasn’t sure what to expect. There is an unfortunate shot at the opening of the film as our protagonist enters a building. After she enters, the camera does a slow, dramatic pan over to the sign out front— “Planned Parenthood,” it ominously proclaims. Now, the shot may be appropriate; I personally think every time you pass a PP facility it would be appropriate for the sky to darken, thunder to clasp, and organ music to play. But the problem is, right off the bat, the filmmakers assume the audience is on their side. They assume the mere sight of the words Planned Parenthood will elicit a shock. Those who are sympathetic to PP? They’ll put up their defenses immediately.
And then when, in the first scene, we get a shocking portrayal of an abortion, complete with ultrasound and blood-filled tubes, the abrupt, upfront shock factor may further alienate those viewers who could potentiallly be otherwise won over with a different approach. Why start upfront with the abortion? Why not place it where it should have been, after we have come to know and sympathize with Abby Johnson? After all, Ashley Bratcher’s portrayal of Johnson does elicit sympathy. It’s the strongest performance in the film.
The truth is, I don’t agree with the approach the movie took. I could totally see someone complaining that it “preaches to the choir.” If you’re not an Evangelical Christian you may feel that the “Churchy” tone, common to all Pure Flix productions, is akin to jargon. I am not an Evangelical; I’m a Latter-day Saint. The tone doesn’t resonate. I imagine other Christians like Catholics or more traditional Protestants would agree. And if we don’t really getthe tone, how will those entirely outside of Christianity? A few shifts in tone and focus could have done wonders. Last year’s Gosnell from director/actor Nick Searcy, with a screenplay by Andrew Klavan, is a pretty good example of what I mean.
But I started the review saying it does a lot right. And it does. It treats women getting abortions with sympathy. It tries to show that some ways of protesting abortion aren’t effective. It doesn’t show everyone working in PP as evil. And yes, its portrayals of abortion are factual. In the Ultrasound abortion scene , the nurse and doctor are real pro-life converts in the medical community who used to do that type of abortion. They act out their jobs as they would have in real life. And Abby Johnson, the person on whom the movie is based, was a consultant on the film from the start and has confirmed the veracity of the portrayals.
If someone knows these things going in, they will see something of the grotesque horror of abortion and the profit-based reality of PP’s business tactics regarding it.
I welcome anything that sheds light on these realities.
1,753 words Unplanned has recently made a name for itself as an effective anti-abortion movie which has achieved success and popularity despite being suppressed by the Leftist media. It is an overtly Christian movie, based on a true story, and in many ways delivers what one would expect from a Christian movie: the pious characters, […]
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