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Unplanned Movie Opens to Highly Successful Opening Weekend Despite Being Targeted by Hollywood and Twitter


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Tyler Hummel

Friday, April 5, 2019

The saga of Unplanned reads like an espionage tale in modern Hollywood. The film from Pureflix, the same producers as God’s NOT Dead, I Can Only Imagine and The Case for Christ, was famously shot entirely in secret and released this past weekend. The leadup to the movie’s release was rocky, to say the least.
Just weeks before release, Pureflix found itself with the first movie in its history to ever receive an R rating. The decision sparked much speculation that the association’s decision was highly politicized. The movie has several scenes bloody scenes in which an abortion is depicted on an ultrasound as well as some salty language but for the most part, the movie isn’t pushing harder than PG-13.

Unplanned is an adaptation of the 2011 autobiography by Abbey Johnson which describes her life experience after leaving Planned Parenthood after witnessing an abortion procedure for the first time via the aforementioned ultrasound. It’s a strange sort of Christian movie given its propensity for swearing and blood (not usual features of most family/faith movies) but it’s also a uniquely powerful film on its own modest terms that doesn’t shy away from some of Abbey’s darkest moments.


The movie has had additional problems with critical scores. Half of the professional film critics who reviewed the film for Rotten Tomatoes disliked the film, excoriating it as “mediocre”, “extreme”, “bland”, “ridiculous”, with one critic going as far as to describe it as “propaganda” while opining that it could “incite violence.”

None of this nonsense was enough to stop the movie’s success. On opening weekend, the movie took in a solid $6.4 million and hit #4 in the domestic box office. The movie’s insurgent success is quite encouraging. Considering the recent developments in the past few months of the abortion debate, the film’s success represents a breath of fresh air for members of the pro-life movement.

But the film’s success hasn’t cured headaches for the producers. On Saturday, March 30th, the film’s Twitter account has been suffering numerous problems over the weekend of its premiere. The account was reinstated shortly thereafter.


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