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To Kid or Not to Kid and Seahorse: The Dad Who Gave Birth documentaries review: childfree or child-bound?

by MaryAnn Johanson

To Kid or Not to Kid and Seahorse: The Dad Who Gave Birth green light

MaryAnn’s quick take…
Two intimate documentaries about atypical paths to parenthood — or not — invite us to re-evaluate our assumptions, expand our thinking, and be more accommodating of the full spectrum of humanity.

part of my Movies for the Resistance series
I’m “biast” (pro): I’m desperate for movies by and about women
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

women’s participation in
To Kid or Not to Kid

(learn more about this)
female director, female screenwriter, female protagonist



women’s participation in
Seahorse: The Dad Who Gave Birth

(learn more about this)
female director, female screenwriter, male protagonist



Click here for my ranking of this and 2019’s other theatrical releases.

Click here for my ranking of this and 2020’s other new films.



To Kid or Not to Kid (2019)
green light 3.5 stars

Seahorse: The Dad Who Gave Birth (2019)
green light 3.5 stars

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To Kid or Not to Kid (2019) | directed by Maxine Trump
US/Canada release date: Nov 15 2019 | UK release date: Jun 12 2020 (VOD)

MPAA: not rated
BBFC: not rated

viewed at home on PR-supplied physical media or screening link

official site | IMDb | trailer
more reviews: Movie Review Query Engine | Rotten Tomatoes
Seahorse: The Dad Who Gave Birth (2019) | directed by Jeanie Finlay
US/Canada release date: Jun 16 2020 (VOD) | UK release date: Aug 30 2019

MPAA: not rated
BBFC: rated 15 (strong language)

viewed at home on physical media or digital platform I paid for

official site | IMDb | trailer
more reviews: Movie Review Query Engine | Rotten Tomatoes

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