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Emotional Pictures - Movies with Adoption Themes

The Fall 2013 issue of Adoptive Families magazine includes a round-up of reviews of movies with adoption storylines or themes“some handle the topic well, some handle it poorly“so you can plan a family movie night that will prompt a thoughtful post-viewing conversation. Read “Emotional Pictures.”

Have you and your children seen any of these films? If so, what was your child’s reaction to the adoption story? Are there other movies with adoption themes you’d recommend“or advise families to steer clear of?


Disney’s Tarzan. He goes back to his people hut after his ape mother tells him he is human. Sees a picture of his birth family etc. Very moving.

Older kids
Antwone Fisher Story. Grew up in foster care, very angry embarks on a search finds a birth mom he doesn’t connect to and a birth dad’s extended family he does connect to.

October Baby Teen finds out she was adopted. She lived through an abortion.I mean she was aborted as a baby she doesn’t have an abortion. Sets off to find her story.

First Person Plural A Korean adoptee search for family and identity. Documentary

Posted by Regina on Oct 15, 2013 at 7:28pm

Our family adores Despicable Me 1.  My opinion is different than Addison Cooper who wrote “The first one portrayed adoption poorly,”  For us watching Gru figure out that he can love and that he himself is loveable is part of the detail in the movie that strikes us.  It is indeed true that he comes to adoption in a way that is truly despicable. The love he has for the girls by the end of the movie is proof of the joy of adoption. 
Our 4 1/2 year old even sits up on our shoulders at the end of the movie.

Posted by MaineMom on Oct 23, 2013 at 8:36pm

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