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Loving the Bad Man (2010)

PG-13 | | Drama | 10 July 2012 (USA)
This story focuses primarily on Julie Thompson (Christine Kelly),a young conservative Christian woman, who is truly tested by God, and gives birth to a child conceived in rape. This ... See full summary »

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Julie Thompson (as Christine Kelly)
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Mike Conner (as Arturo Fernandez)
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Ed Thompson
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Marion Thompson
David Hemphill ...
Cole
Ava Tyler ...
Baby Arthur #2
Olivia Tyler ...
Baby Arthur #1
Josh Randall ...
Joey Thompson
George Smith ...
Cecil
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Cyrus
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Tyler
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McQuade
Pedro Moreno ...
Manny
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Alejandro Garcia De La Paz
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Danny
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This story focuses primarily on Julie Thompson (Christine Kelly),a young conservative Christian woman, who is truly tested by God, and gives birth to a child conceived in rape. This decision leads her to a journey that forces her to explore and redefine her relationships with God, her family, friends and even her rapist Mike Connor (Arturo Fernandez), as she struggles to forgive the man who violated her by boldly visiting him in prison and forging an unlikely bond. Written by SBF

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material, violence and some language

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One of the few movies since "Ghost Dad" where the audience is expected to sympathize with a rapist. See more »

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Surprisingly emotional, kept my interest throughout
6 August 2013 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I decided to watch because I had recently learned about two reputable national studies of women that were raped who subsequently became pregnant. Both studies found that 70% of women who became pregnant after being raped carried the baby to term. The majority of the women who had an abortion later deeply regretted the choice, but none of the women who carried the baby to term regretted that decision whether they kept the child or allowed it to be adopted.

I thought the movie handled the complexity of the issue well, from the perspectives of everyone who would be intimately involved: the young woman, her family, her friends and the man who assaulted her. Pregnancy after rape isn't as cut-and-dry as many would have you think. While the movie clearly has a Christian point of view, that shouldn't deter free thinkers from watching - if indeed they are willing to set aside their own biases.


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