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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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All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

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…

Gently witty, perceptive and convincingly introspective, Kid stands in its truth about a different kind of mantle for perceived womanhood.

November 20, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

This is interesting to me because I decided to not have children in a very deliberate way.

November 18, 2019 | Full Review…

An engaging personal essay documentary about not having children, complete with interviews, arguments, hard data and sound reasoning coming from both sides of the debate

November 16, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Strong arguments hold that having children is in some cases a selfish choice. Not having children, by contrast, is not selfish.

November 11, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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