Adoption Groups Upset Over Upcoming Horror Film Orphan


This weekend, Jaume Collet-Serra’s horror film Orphan hits theatres, and while it may seem like a story we’ve seen far too many times before, that is precisely what has a number of special interest groups up in arms. Various adoption and foster care groups in the United States are calling for a boycott of the film, which they feel depicts adopted children in an unflattering light. They are concerned that the portrayal of an “evil” orphan on screen will only reinforce negative stereotypes about the risks and anxieties that parents feel when going through the process of adoption. Does this sound ridiculous or what?

I’m always amazed by how many special interest groups there are in the world, and how almost every movie that is released nowadays manages to upset at least one of them. Clearly this is a fictional story and I seriously doubt that anyone would make a connection between this movie and the decision to adopt a child in real life. Still, I guess I can see how some people might be alarmed by the line in the trailer that says, “It must be hard to love an adopted child as much as your own.” I wouldn’t be surprised if this line ends up being cut from the movie. A spokesman for Warners also said they are thinking about adding a pro-adoption message at the end of the DVD release of the film. What do you think, is there any validity to these concerns, or is this just another special interest group clamoring for publicity? In case you haven’t seen it, I’ve embedded the trailer after the jump.

  • Fatbologna


    That’s a LOT.

    Shut-up Ed,

    “Fat – If you can show me any sort of research at ALL that gives me some numbers of rape victims that have been impregnanted by their attackers, I’d love to see it. Really. I would. Because I would have to imagine the chances of that occurring are somewhere in the neighborhood of 1,000,000,000,000,006/1.”

    Suck on THAT penis of validation…


    The Orphan looks… poor.
    btw, Vera Farmiga seems to have a lot of problems getting a decent kid. Between this and Joshua maybe she should just hang up her child rearing gloves and call it a day.

    If you want a really effective bad kid movie I HIGHLY recommend an English film called “The Children”. That one’s kinda disturbing and is already available on R2 dvd or…other places.

  • “Goon you ABSOLUTELY started it.”

    All the evidence is right here.

    Comment 10 rick says no pro choicers attacked Juno. post had no opinion/comment about abortion.

    In comment 14 I tell rick that Juno did indeed have some people attacking it. no opinion/comment on abortion.

    In comment 15 you reply and make a specific comment on abortion.

    So either rick started it or you started it, but considering rick was actually on topic…. You started it. Take some responsibility for your own actions. You deliberately went for the hot button issue. You’ve even now, and you alone, added a political bent to it. I admit I took your bait and responded to you, but I also provided the out so this thread could move on, and you’ve rejected it.

  • Falsk

    :D It’s like being in my Catholic high school all over again. EVERYONE LOVES FIGHTING! Yaaaay!

  • When I first saw the Orphan trailer, I was actually taken aback at the 1:04 point (in the video) with the title card “There’s Something Wrong With Esther”

    THAT should have been the title of the movie. That has creepy appeal and makes your movie seem somehow a tad smarter than plain old “Orphan”. I actually forgot the title a couple times and when I first saw this post I was like “Oh yeah, There’s Something Wrong With Esther”

  • Captain N

    It seems whenever a special interest group makes a comment or attack towards a film, it does nothing but benefit it. At the very least it gives it exposure. Rather or not it does well, or is a good movie, I dont know. I thought the trailer looked like a generic “the child is evil” horror film. the idea that she is adopted just happens to be its gimmick instead of her being the “daughter of satan” or whatever other demonic twist has been used in the past.

  • The only thing offensive about this trailer is how shitty it makes the movie look. Im going to pass on this one.

  • Fat – Goon

    “The most convincing study of pregnancy and rape in peacetime settings (Holmes et al. 1996) (aka the study you cite) involved a three year longitudinal study of a representative sameple of several thousand American women. Among victims of reproductive age (12-45), the rape related pregnancy rate was 5%…. Hammond et al. (1995), whose work was based on in utero DNA paternity tess, report that 60% of the women who became pregnant after rape WERE IMPREGNANTED BY A CONSENSUL MATE. Thus, the figure reported by Holmes et al. probably should be corrected to about 2%. At this time it is not known whether false rape allegations influenced this percentage.”

    – A History of Rape (2001)

    Goon – you brought up abortion. Not me. I made a general statement about Abortion clinics. You made it personal.

    You started it.

    And you are a prick.

  • Ed I have to disagree, you’re the one who started forcing your opinion down everyone’s throats. Goon has never been one to back down from an argument, but you started this one. With that being said, I think it’s time to shut down comments on this thread.