Friday, May 22, 2009

Orphan - the movie

"The tragic loss of their unborn child has devastated Kate and John, taking a toll on both their marriage and Kate's fragile psyche as she is plagued by nightmares and haunted by demons from her past. Struggling to regain some semblance of normalcy in their lives, the couple decides to adopt another child. At the local orphanage, both John and Kate find themselves strangely drawn to a young girl named Esther. Almost as soon as they welcome Esther into their home, however, an alarming series of events begins to unfold, leading Kate to believe that there's something wrong with Esther -- this seemingly angelic little girl is not what she appears to be. Concerned for the safety of her family, Kate tries to get John and others to see past Esther's sweet facade. But her warnings go unheeded until it may be too late... for everyone."



Anyone else think this might give adoption a bad name? Play on fears?

There is actually a line in the trailer that says “it must be hard to love an adopted child as much as your own”.

From an email I received: "Without having seen the movie or read the script, it is hard to know if the entire movie is sending a ghastly adoption message, but the trailer certainly leads us to believe it is. This feeds the notion that older adoptees are very troubled and you should beware.... that's not an image any of us want the general public to have of our kids. It plays into people's deepest fears.There is a growing group pursuing a boycott of the film, sending out emails and posting on online bulletin boards. I urge you to forward this email to others personally involved in adoption, help disseminate the boycott message and write to the producers and distributors expressing your displeasure with the message being sent."

To complain: To complain by letter, here is contact info:
Time Warner Inc.
One Time Warner Center
New York, NY10019-8016

To contact the Board Members:
c/o Office of the Corporate Secretary
Time Warner Inc.
One Time Warner Center
New York, NY 10019

The only email I could find was for INVESTOR RELATIONS - but hey, it's better than nothing. If people want to complain via email instead of by letter, it couldn't hurt to send thousands of emails to investor relations:


Amy said...

All I can say is WOW!

Single PAP said...

i saw the trailer the other night and cringed. my date said, "that looks pretty good" and i said, "well, it doesn't make really put adoption of older children in a very good light" and he agreed, though he hadn't thought of it that way.

i know we are more sensitive to it as APs and PAPs but it did rub me the wrong way.

thanks for the info on the post.

Anonymous said...

Great post. I have always wanted to adopt a child and I was really annoyed with this preview when I saw it last weekend. My husband is alread skittish about adoption and previews like this just feed into his fears. Fortunately, he agreed with me that the preemise of the movie was tasteless and mean spirited.