The movie is based on this book by Karen Kingsbury, a Christian writer. Conventional wisdom would say not to expect the New York Times to give rave reviews to a Christian-themed movie. But the Baptist Press review was also mixed:
So-called nightmare adoption scenarios are rare in the real world, but one is set to play out on the big screen Sept. 24 when "Like Dandelion Dust," based on a Karen Kingsbury best-selling novel, releases nationally.The reviewer notes, "Watching it before you adopt is tantamount to watching "United 93" before you fly." It's clear that his real concern about the movie is that it might deter some from adopting. He even opines that the movie would be liked by adult adoptees who will be gratified to see that their birth parents and their adoptive parents love them and are willing to fight over them. Hmmmm, somehow I'm thinking, not so much!
The movie has a gripping storyline that many viewers will find compelling: a couple adopts a boy at birth, only to discover six years later that the birth parents are trying to get him back. The legal twist? The birth father, who was in jail that whole time and didn't even know he had a son until he was released, learns that his signature consenting to the adoption was forged. Because it was forged, the adoptive parents have no legal rights to the child. And, for the rest of the movie, the two couples fight for the 6-year-old boy, who, amazingly, didn't even know he was adopted.
As an adoptive parent of a 2-year-old boy, I love movies about adoption. "Bella" still ranks among my all-time favorites. Like Dandelion Dust, though, is a different matter.
I'm pleased, though, that he mentions the inadvisability of NOT telling your child he's adopted, like the adoptive parents in this story did. (What can I say, this blog isn't called Adoption Talk for nothin'!):
The general public likely also will overlook a storyline that was even more unbelievable: The boy was clueless as to his background.Right on!
Adoption agencies encourage adoptive couples to be honest with their children, telling them about their origins from the moment they learn to talk. It's the right thing to do and it avoids having to schedule "the talk" when they're older.
I don't think I'll be seeing this movie, because I quite agree with the reviewer from Baptist Press on this point: "It's not enjoyable in real life to watch couples battle over a child, and it's no more fun on the big screen." Just not my cup of tea.
If you've seen it, let us know your thoughts!