Katie Naftzger, LICSW

family therapist, adoption specialist, speaker, author

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Four Movies You Didn’t Know Were About Adoption

If you are interested in watching an “adoption” flick, and have seen all of the documentaries already, here are some movies that are off the beaten path.  Great conversation points to watch with your adopted son or daughter, but watching them alone can be good, too!  And, just a tip – try not to let your anxiety about exposing your child to the wrong messages, get in your way bupropion hcl 150mg.  Sometimes the “wrong” messages are better than no messages.  At least it gives you something to talk about.

1.  Running On Empty, 1988, directed by Sidney Lumet.  The eldest son of a fugitive family comes of age and wants to live a life of his own.  Adoption themes – Parents and son want to stay together but can’t if their son is going to have a chance at his own life.

March Of The Penguins, 2005, directed by Luc Jacquet.  A look at the annual journey of Emperor penguins as they march — single file — to their traditional breeding ground.  Adoption themes – Coping and managing searing loss, for the mothers and their young.

The Tigger Movie, 2000, directed by Jun Falkenstein.  Tigger goes looking through the hundred-acre-wood to find his family.  Adoption themes – Tigger expresses many aspects of being “adopted” as he searches for his family, because no one around him bounced like him.  In the end, after a long journey, he comes to terms with his situation, settles in and is able to be happy.  It really is such a lovely and true way to depict the adoption experience and it allows non-adopted kids to learn more about it.

Lovely and Amazing, 2001, Nicole Holofcener.  Self-esteem and insecurity are at the heart of this comedy about the relationship between a mother and her three confused daughters.  Adoption themes – Older mother has adopted daughter who is African-American.  Raises issues about beauty and differences in families.  Just a note – this movie isn’t really for kids.

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