How Do You Make A Pro-Life Movie?

Well, one way is to make a ribald sex comedy in which abortion is discussed as an option and then firmly rejected, as Ross Douthat notes.

UPDATE: I do not wish to imply that I think Apatow set out to make a pro-life movie. I think he set out to make a funny movie. And for comedy, you need life. As Dustin Hoffman noted in Stranger than Fiction: “If it’s a tragedy, you die. If it’s a comedy, you get married.”


  1. mark thomas lickona says

    Was gonna see this already cuz it’s Apatow (the guy who made The Ben Stiller Show I can readily forgive for 40YV). The film might indeed be “naive” in certain ways, but its heart is obviously in the right place–and actually, so is its brain. There’s nothing wrong with Apatow’s funny-radar here–parenthood, esp. “accidental” parenthood, is a hell of a lot funnier than abortion (or even being conflicted about abortion)–and because Apatow’s just following the funny here, the movie’s “pro-life” thing is totally unimpeachable (which is obviously what’s p-ing off Ms. Stevens). And ironically, given that “funny = keep the baby”, it’s prolly the film’s defense of abortion that’s merely the condescension to some “focus group”…

  2. notrelatedtoted says

    Wow, your post brings to mind the review from Ann Hornaday’s review in the Washington Post:

    “…(Apatow demands some suspension of disbelief when they decide to go through with the pregnancy: Are we to believe that someone as together as Alison doesn’t have a regular OB-GYN? That she would take a guy she barely knows into the examining room with her?) The only person who suggests that Alison get an abortion is her mother, who makes callous mention of a relative who, after she got hers, went on to have a ‘real baby.'”

    Can I just put the two sentences together and say Hornaday is suggesting that women who are “together” would get an abortion here?

    Full review here.

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