All my personal favorite movies about adopted/foster families: from a story about adopting ‘wrong’ child; Korean fantasy of being a family; Ellen Page seeks parents for her baby; or a group facility of troubled kids.
Here comes the last Thursday of the month, where we got All in the Family Edition in Thursday Movie Picks hosted by Wandering through the Shelves. This week’s theme is Adopted/Foster Families—which makes me excited ’cause I could immediately think of 3 movies to pick aside from Tarzan, who is adapted by gorillas.
So, here’s my pick!
01. Orphan (2009)
Sometimes, the most generic cliche in stories about adoption is the fact that the foster parents are as cruel as hell. Yet, Orphan goes the way around. What if your adopted child isn’t what she looks like? Not an innocent, little girl who would always obey you. That twist.
02. Hansel and Gretel (2007)
Similar to Orphan, Hansel and Gretel is not a typical adopted/foster families movie. Talking about the adoption (who adopt or who’s adopted) might give a very blunt spoiler; but I swear, this Korean fantasy thriller isn’t like what you’re thinking. It has piles of absurdity and twists that, instead of shoving you away, keep you attached.
03. Juno (2007)
Juno MacGuff accidentally got pregnant but she’s a school girl. She refused doing abortion and decided to give the baby up for adoption. Juno is very compelling due to its strong and original story, and most importantly, to Ellen Page strong performance as an ill-prepared pregnant lady. To tell you the truth, perhaps, this is my personal favorite among the picks.
Honorable mention: Short Term 12 (2013)
It’s not a hundred percent about adopted/foster families, instead, a facility for troubled kids. Well, there’s some issue about adoption though told in the perspective of this group facility. It’s a very compelling story about troubled teenagers and how they cope it with the limitation of real ‘parents’.
Read my review of Short Term 12 here!
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