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Posted on 01/22/2014 6:54:03 AM PST by Kaslin
What happens when a teenager who came into the world as an unplanned teenage pregnancy ends up with an unplanned pregnancy of her own? Will she bend to all the "helpful" insistence that she needs to exercise her "right to choose" before she is, as one callous presidential contender put it, "punished with a baby"?
This is the plot of "Gimme Shelter," a new movie that departs from the feminist pack mentality of Hollywood. Agnes "Apple" Bailey -- played in a breakout role by "High School Musical" star Vanessa Hudgens -- looks like a poster child for Planned Parenthood at the film's beginning: 16 years old, down and out after living in a series of foster homes, and now living with a drug-addicted mother who sometimes beats her.
As the story begins, she walks out on her mother and goes hunting for her father, who is now a wealthy stockbroker. She asks her father, who has not seen her since she was a baby, for a place to stay temporarily. When she discovers she is pregnant, her father's wife drives her to the abortion clinic. It is there that she simply cannot bring herself to accept the "choice" her parents avoided that made her (fairly miserable) life possible.
Women who choose abortion can easily rationalize about the miserable lives their children might have lived. Teenage girls in this crisis can easily see a baby as an almost life-ending event -- but it's possible to see even bad choices turn into promising lives. It's possible to squeeze the lemons and make terrific lemonade.
It's amazing that this film has been made, and more amazing that it's studded with stars -- not only Hudgens, but Rosario Dawson as her mother, Brendan Fraser as her father and James Earl Jones as a friendly and patient Catholic priest. (How many of those have we seen in the movies lately?)
After Agnes crashes a potential abuser's car and ends up in the hospital, she meets Father Frank. With the childhood she's endured, it's understandable that Agnes isn't the most receptive prospect for a God-loves-you message. But she agrees to move into a home for unwed mothers that can help her to have her baby. The journey will not be easy -- her drug-addict mother wants to pull her out of the home -- but in the shelter, Agnes finally finds a home with strangers who are in the same jam she's in.
Inspired by the real-life story of Kathy DiFiore, the founder of Several Sources Shelters, the original screenplay was written by writer and director Ronald Krauss while spending a year in a shelter for pregnant teens. He based it on the lives of several of the shelter's mothers.
Krauss wasn't the only one who was inspired. Fraser asked to be in the movie after reading the script and spent time in the shelters with the mothers and babies. On the last day of shooting, Krauss said Fraser "quietly told Kathy that he was donating his salary to the shelter, so he actually did the movie for nothing. It was a complete surprise to all of us."
The movie critics will probably see this film as a preachy pro-life movie, but it should be remembered that some of these critics believe deeply that abortion is one of America's greatest liberties. Avoiding abortion is like avoiding reality.
Washington Post critic Ann Hornaday bitterly complained a few years back that movies like "Knocked Up" and "Waitress" cheated American womanhood by failing to ponder and explicitly cherish the "A-word": "It's a setup that has some viewers, especially women who came of age in a post-Roe v. Wade America, wondering just what world these movies are living in." She accused the filmmakers of "moral hypocrisy."
It's odd that pro-abortion movie critics might dismiss "Gimme Shelter" as preachy when they don't oppose sermonizing in the movies. They just oppose the sermon of life. For example, Hornaday loved "After Tiller," a documentary sermonizing about the great hearts and deeds of late-term abortionists. The doctors "emerge as thoughtful and dedicated," and the women who enter their clinics are lauded as "the world's experts in their own lives."
After watching "Gimme Shelter," it's quite obvious that the people who run these shelters for unwed mothers are thoughtful and dedicated, and why wouldn't the women who enter their shelters also be hailed by feminists as experts on their own lives? It's refreshing that we can go to the cinema and exercise the right to choose a movie that doesn't bow to the conventional "wisdom" of feminism when it comes to teenagers in trouble. It shows there really are people out there to give hope to the hopeless -- all of the hopeless.
Thanks for this. I don’t go to the movies often, but I’d like to make time for this.
Art imitates life.
This is an exact description of one of my sisters-in-law and her daughter (my niece). SIL got pregnant (unmarried). Of course the guy she was shacking with had told her he planned to divorce his wife and marry SIL. And also of course, once he found SIL was pregnant, he suddenly found that he "just couldn't leave his wife" who he had also gotten pregnant at the same time. But SIL kept the baby.
Fast forward a few years. SIL's daughter, now in high school, despite knowing how hard her mother has had it as a single mom, fails to "hold the aspirin" and ends up preggers. But she also kept her baby.
Neither of them ever went on welfare, used food stamps, or any other taxpayer paid charity, though SIL has, on occasion, accepted some cash gifts from the wife and I when things "got complicated" with additional unexpected expenses.
They did some stupid things, but they also "did the right thing" when it counted.
God bless both of them.
I had planned to see Lone Survivor last week, but something happened so I was unable to go. I still plan to go, hopefully sometimes this week. The movie in the article is one also I would see.
an unplanned teenage pregnancy
What’s that ???
When I was looking at the national day of prayer site this trailer came up under Hollywood Christians. I could not skip ad, but could not, so I watched the trailer. Looks really good.
I agree. God bless both of them and you and your wife for helping out when you can and when she needs it.
God works in wonderful ways.
Krauss wasn’t the only one who was inspired. Fraser asked to be in the movie after reading the script and spent time in the shelters with the mothers and babies. On the last day of shooting, Krauss said Fraser “quietly told Kathy that he was donating his salary to the shelter, so he actually did the movie for nothing. It was a complete surprise to all of us.”
That’s refreshing. I’ve stopped watching TV shows that celebrated abortion, and I will not watch a movie that promotes abortion.
Pro-abortion women make the choice when they have intercourse without using birth control. They know at that time what is very likely to happen. They make that choice because it is (unfortunately) way too easy to get an abortion. There is no reason to celebrate that “choice”, which is basically a celebration of selfish immature irresponsibility. It’s nice to see a movie that shows a girl trying to be responsible (even if she wasn’t entirely responsible about avoiding pregnancy).
Surprised Hudgens didn’t have one in real life. Wasn’t she caught sending a full nude selfie of herself to her “boyfriend” when she was around 16-17? Loose morals there.