Directed by Nick Loeb and Cathy Allyn, “Roe v. Wade ”tells the story of Dr. Bernard Nathanson, a pioneering abortion provider in the 1960s who later became an anti-abortion activist. Loeb said the film does not take sides and simply tries to “present the facts” surrounding the 1973 Supreme Court ruling.
But it doesn’t take long for the film’s agenda to become clear. A confusing, sepia-tinted cross between a mafia thriller, audience drama and a prophetic redemption saga, “Roe v. Wade ”portrays Nathanson and abortion rights activist Lawrence Lader (Jamie Kennedy) as the masterminds of an anti-Catholic conspiratorial mercenary. They were in cahoots, we are told, with Hollywood, the news media, the Protestant clergy and the rabbis, the latter being singled out in a cartoon scene.
Starring turns from Stacey Dash, Jon Voight, Tomi Lahren, Milo Yiannopoulos and other leading curators, the film kicks off a series of ‘gotcha’ moments to the abortion rights movement. These range from references to the documented eugenic beliefs of Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, to milder claims that Supreme Court justices were unfairly pressured by female relatives to vote for Roe v. Wade.
But the film’s coup de grace – Nathanson’s change of heart to tears upon seeing his first sonogram – speaks for itself without political arguments for crass sentimentality. Those who disagree that abortion is akin to murder are unlikely to be persuaded, and even those on the fence might find it difficult to make it through acting. and low production values.
Roe vs. Wade
Rated PG-13 for gory descriptions and images of surgeries. Duration: 1 hour 52 minutes. Available to rent or purchase on Apple TV, Google Play, and other streaming platforms and pay TV operators.