This film has all the elements you would hope to find in a good drama: romance, marriage and sex (not necessarily in the correct order); birth, death, friendship (true and false), and betrayal. There is even a court case! The main character experiences love, fear, grief, joy, shame and anger. She is ambitious and idealistic. There is repentance and forgiveness. There is an “AHA” moment when our heroine realizes that her altruistic desire to champion women has been used for an evil purpose (isn’t this what sin is often about?) There is a piece of very good advice: Don’t do anything you don’t want to your mother to know about! There are scenes that are gripping and painful to watch. Faith undergirds it all.
Surprisingly enough, this is not based on a novel, but the true life experiences of Abby Johnson, once the director and prized employee of Planned Parenthood, now a pro-life activist. If you’ve read the book Unplanned by Abby Johnson–Book Review, you’ll find that the movie follows it fairly closely. Of course, it is not possible for a movie to completely explain the spiritual wrestling and progression that you will find in the book. I would recommend both, but view the movie first, if possible. Then you can dive into further detail with the book.
Both movie and book portray honestly this young woman’s struggle with resolving a weighty spiritual issue. VERDICT: 5 STARS. Don’t miss out on this one. I was able to get it from the public library system. If yours doesn’t have it, why no recommend it be purchased? I’m sure many viewers would be influenced positively by Abby’s experience.