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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

"Gone Baby Gone"

From 2008:

"Gone Baby Gone"

I'm probably behind the curve on this one, but I just saw the (relatively) recent movie, "Gone Baby Gone."  Here's the opening line (spoken by the main character, a private investigator "from the neighborhood" in Boston):

I always believed it was the things you don't choose that makes you who you are. Your city, your neighborhood, your family.

I won't provide any spoilers, but here's a thought:  "Juno" and "Bella" (and "Knocked Up") notwithstanding, "Gone Baby Gone" was one of the most "Catholic" -- and, I thought, one of the most pro-life (in a subtle way) -- movies made in recent years.  Discuss.


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Saw the movie but not sure w/o more about that. Will see what others say.

One thing about "pro-life" -- to me, movies generally are substantively pro-life even if you get the idea the characters are on principle pro-choice. The characters repeatedly have children. Abortion is not something talked about as a rule. You would not know it from films that so many occur. Unexpected children often is a plot device. Anyway, another interesting "pro-life" film is Waitress. Great movie btw. The character at one point says something like that baby has a right to be born, but that doesn't mean I have to like the idea.

BTW, I saw "October Baby" in the library rental rack again today. Some here might like the film. It is a sort of pro-life coming of age/discovery film. Like "Gone Baby Gone" in a fashion it has a moral but does so in the form of a good story.

Posted by: Joe | May 1, 2013 4:29:30 PM

just watched Gone baby gone for the 4th time and still i think i would have left the kid with the people that took her. was it wrong they way they went about doing it yes but with the system we have kids never have the choice to decide! That lady, the mother brought her into the world and never saw the gift she was whereas the other couple were not as blessed to have kids and saw the gift she was..... the reason why i wright this is because we had such a huge debate at work as to what would be the right thing to do and i stand firm on my decision the kid should have been left to the couple that took her

Posted by: trey | May 29, 2013 6:56:16 PM