The Turning Point

The Turning Point Poster

Rated: NR

Running Time: 78 minutes

Year: 2006

Boobs: Zero

One Sentence: The Reviewer watches a baby movie.

I do not hate kids.  I am very nervous around kids, and I do not want any of my own, but that doesn't mean I don't like them.  I am afraid I will break them or say something that I should not have around them.  Next thing you know their mom is mad at me because their 2 year old is saying cunt all the time.  I am not really into babies or kids either, I just don't have that thing that makes me go crazy for kids.  While I don't hate kids I really hate bad parents, I think I would be a bad parent, which is one of the reasons why I don't want kids, along with about 1000 other reasons.  So for me to sit down and watch Ross Williams Independent Documentary, The Turning Point about the pregnancy and birth of their son is an amazing feat all by itself.  Then on top of that me saying that it is one of the better documentaries about child birth that I have seen, must mean they did something right. 

I know right where they did it too.  This movie, The Turning Point, is not about the baby.  Every time you see one of these shows, it seems to be so focused on everything about the baby, that we lose any connection with the people that we can see on the screen, all we hear is baby this and baby that, and here is the babies AWD stroller, and 18 piece Thomas The Tank Engine Brio Set.  The Turning Point was about Ross, and his wife Kristan and what they decided and their life trying to get pregnant to the eventual birth.   I am not saying that they did not address the kid, or anything like that.  That is not the case, they just didn't seem to get lost with the kid, and kept me interested in what was going on in these 2 peoples lives who were about to change dramatically.  

Same age as me.  They like movies, and photographs, and art, and geekdom all around.  They seemed like me and my gf.  It all worked for me.  I empathized with them, I understood them, and their choices, and the changes in their life.   I even in quite a few scenes felt stressed and on the edge of my seat for what was going to happen next.  This is not the normal statements I would say after watching that baby show on Discovery Channel.  It was a nice surprise and made me enjoy this small documentary, that was home grown and done on a shoestring budget.  Editing was very well done.  Film quality was a little low, but was not poorly done.  Music was great.  Usually independents have a problem with overuse of music, or poor music choice, or things like this, but again The Turning Point, seemed to choose everything right and made the right song, to help keep the mood that the director intended. 

You can click on the poster, to be taken to The Turning Point myspace page, where you can check out the trailer for the film, and talk to Ross, The Director and Father.  If you have a chance to check it out, and are interested in kids, have a kid, or are maybe thinking about it.  I think it is worth trying to see.

4 stars 

 

  • kimmlett

    Wow, that is impressive. For you to watch a movie about kids/babies and actually give it four stars. I’m not saying you should have kids, but I think if you did by accident or what not.. I don’t think you’d be a bad father. You’d be so stressed to NOT be one of those parents. You know? Anyways, you’d like L, she’s a cool kid. And you won’t break her. 😉

    PS. Love the site.

    • Yay thanks 🙂 Thanks for coming over and replying

  • Ross Williams

    Hey Reviewer,

    Thank you very much for the nice review. I had no idea that you were so against the idea of kids. I think it speaks well of my movie that you enjoyed it anyways. Because my target audience is couples who are thinking about having kids, and maybe those who are parents already and want a look back at it.

    Also thank you for bringing up the Discovery Channel type shows. While we were pregnant, I hated watching those shows. They’re 95% about the birth of the baby, they never really get into how the pregnancy or how the actual having a new life in the house affects the parents. That’s something I really wanted to speak about with this film. I wanted to be totally open and honest about how hard and life-altering it really is.

    Thanks again for the nice review.

    -Ross Williams

    • Sorry about the delay on your response showing up, it marked it as spam for some reason.

      I think it is an excellent film and you really made something worth watching about the adults in this choice of having a baby. I hope you do well with your film and hope to see something in the future.

  • I really enjoyed it as well! I was surprised but glad you did because I thought it was very well done! It was very touching and emotional without being… googoogaga.

    I guess I shouldn’t have been THAT surprised – you did like Nine Months afterall! 😉

    • Nine Months is an awesome movie! Just awesome!


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