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To Kid or Not to Kid (2019)

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Filmmaker Maxine Trump turns the camera on herself and her close circle of family and friends as she confronts the idea of not having kids. While exploring the cultural pressures and harsh criticism childfree women regularly experience, as well as the personal impact this decision may have on her own relationship, Maxine meets other women reckoning with their choice: Megan, who struggles to get medical permission to undergo elective sterilization, and Victoria, who lives with the backlash of publicly acknowledging that she made a mistake when she had a child. TO KID OR NOT TO KID bravely plunges into an aspect of reproductive choice often misunderstood, mischaracterized, or considered too taboo to discuss. With rising public awareness about climate change, resource scarcity and global population, this timely film asks the question "Why can't we talk about not having children?"

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It's rare that parents are asked why they have children.

December 10, 2019 | Full Review…

Candid and empathetic, the movie's segments can feel rushed and unfocused; yet they have a ragged intimacy that argues implicitly for an individual's right to choose, without interference or condemnation.

November 18, 2019 | Full Review…

The film wanders a bit in that exploration, lacking a structure that might make it more effective in having the conversation, but there's value in broaching the topic.

November 15, 2019 | Full Review…

To Kid or Not to Kid may have a tattered presentation, but it gives a sympathetic voice to the kind of thorny questions every woman faces.

December 17, 2019 | Full Review…

A documentary that's full of intriguing questions - and no clear answers.

December 7, 2019 | Full Review…

To Kid Or Not To Kid needs to be restructured for its big emotions to land properly. But the movie does work, in large part due to its subject-writer-director Maxine Trump.

December 6, 2019 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

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