Hannah Lawson grew up a fairly normal girl with some slightly unusual health issues, but she adjusted fairly well and had an enjoyable albeit sheltered family life. However, everything changes when she has another onslaught of health issues while performing a college play. This only exposes her silent struggle with depression and a secret her parents have kept from her all her life—that they adopted her as an infant because she is the survivor of a failed abortion. This revelation leads Hannah to confide in her childhood friend Jason, which prompts him to help her find her birth mother, who might live six hours away from her. Against the advice of her overprotective father, Hannah embarks on a spring break trip with Jason and his friends in order to discover her origins. However, a fight with Jason’s girlfriend causes Hannah to strike out on her own, prompting Jason to follow her. Together, they not only discover Hannah’s past, but also the feelings they have kept hidden from each other.
Production Quality (2.5 points)
For a pilot movie, the production of October Baby is top notch. The camera work, including angles and shots, is exquisite with an artistic flair. This is not a cheap production. Filming is not contained to buildings, and outside scenes are not cheaply produced. Lighting and video quality are very professional. The soundtrack is excellent and enhances the movie; audio quality is exquisite. The only caveat here is that some scenes seem too long; some editing might have been prudent. But besides this, October Baby is very refreshing.
Plot and Storyline Quality (2.5 points)
October Baby has a simple linear plot, but it is a deep plot. The Erwin Brothers did everything they possibly could to do the best with what they had. There are some slight plot twists that are not overstated. The characters are well-developed through believable dialogue and are very authentic. There is even dry humor that is pulled off well and is not cheesy. The plot is not entirely about forcing the pro-life message, but it still offers a poignant true-to-life expose on the importance of valuing all human life. This is a truly meaningful plot that could convince someone to become pro-life.
Acting Quality (3 points)
Casting is perhaps a special talent of the Erwin Brothers. Every actor is cast perfectly with their part. The less experienced actors are as well coached as the more experienced actors. In the opinion of Box Office Revolution, this is the best movie John Schneider has ever acted in, and it can be credited to the expertise of the Erwin Brothers. The story behind Shari Rigby’s casting is a divine appointment.
October Baby receives an extra point for having an x-factor of dealing with the sensitive issue of abortion in a superb manner. Issues like this can come off as too pushy or preachy, but not so with the Erwin brothers. Instead, the issue is woven throughout the plot through believable characters. This movie’s only weakness is some scenes that appeared to last longer than they should have. The production is excellent, as is the acting. In short, October Baby is the Erwin brothers’ huge entrance into the Christian movie scene—signaling even better things to come.
Final Rating: 9 out of 10 points