A new movie in theaters this weekend has adoption agencies outraged. It's called "Orphan" and its story line has some critics calling it the 'Anti-adoption movie of the year.'
Adoption agencies across the country and right here in our area are calling for a boycott of the movie "Orphan." They say the far-fetched thriller has the potential to scare thousands of people out of adopting a child.If you think that notion is far-fetched--
"I'd think twice, to be honest with you," says Ben Zamora who we interviewed just as he left the theater from seeing the film.
Zamora says his feelings are a direct result of watching "Orphan."
The movie portrays a family who adopts a seemingly perfect nine year old girl.
"This an extraordinary little girl," says an adoption agency representative in a line from the film, "She's very mature for her age." But the girl is not what she seems to be. She then wreaks havoc on her adopted family's life.
"This is not an orphan, This is wrong...it's just wrong," says Tammie Snyder of Redmond's Antioch Adoptions.
Snyder says the image of orphans the movie portrays is not only damaging, it's the furthest thing from the truth.
She points to families like the Johnsons of Des Moines. Their family is made up of five adopted children. There's no horror story here.
"It's not going to make a TV special, it's not going to be a movie that draws a big crowd, it's just growing a family," Dena Johnson, mother of five adopted children, says of adoption.
"The truth is that adoption has been five times over for us the greatest blessing in the world," says Dena's husband Mike.
Warner Brothers, the company that made the movie, says "Orphan" is a work of fiction. The company also apologized for appearing insensitive in some of the advertising for the show.
But the movie is in theaters now
"This just can't, it can't help," says Mike Johnson.
The Johnsons are worried about the movie's effects on adoption.
"They should be," says Zamora after seeing the movie.
Members of congress and the senate even wrote letters to Warner Brothers about the negative implications the movie could have on the 129,000 foster kids waiting to be adopted in our nation.
Kids like the Johnsons.
Please, please, don't let something like this influence the way you think of adoption," pleads Mike Johnson.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times