Alison’s Choice is a full-length feature film that seeks to answer the question, “WWJS (what would Jesus say) to a young woman planning abortion?”
As the story goes, young Alison (played by Chanel Marriott) finds herself pregnant by a dead-beat boyfriend. Feeling she has no other options Alison turns to abortion. There in the clinic’s waiting room, she encounters a cast of quirky characters, each with their own brand of wisdom and advice; a flamboyant counselor, a suburban mom, a heart-weary receptionist, an inner city counterpart… And more than anyone else, a gentle-faced janitor with mop “eternally” in hand.
The two begin to talk and it quickly becomes clear he is no mere janitor, but Jesus manifest (played by Bruce Marchiano of The Encounter and Gospel of Matthew). He’s come to plead for the life of her baby.
With the clock ticking precious minutes away, He pours out His heart of care and compassion, His message unequivocal, “I love you, Alison, and I love your baby too.” Suddenly a nurse appears, “Alison, we’re ready for you.” What will Alison choose…
Alison’s Choice is a movie that every teen should see. It makes a strong visual, moral, and emotional case for the importance of caring for babies, whether born or unborn. The debate between Alison and Jesus run through a myriad of different arguments, both for and against, the practice of abortion and will answer the questions commonly raised during any discussion of abortion. That’s why it’s the perfect movie for teens to see; it will help them to understand more fully the entire issue.
The movie is not just scientific, though; it’s full of drama and emotion. Alison has a most difficult decision in front of her, and the movie shows that clearly. Other women are depicted with varying attitudes towards the practice, and the physical danger is not dismissed, nor are the possible future problems.
I feared that a movie about such an important topic would by dry, but humor was injected at appropriate times. Those spurts of laughter kept the pace of the movie moving.
Alison’s Choice would be a great tool for youth groups or church events. It could serve as a wonderful springboard for discussion and could open communication lines between generations. I hope that many take advantage of this movie.
Don’t take my word for it, though – watch the trailer here for yourself.
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I received a free copy of this movie. All opinions expressed are my own.