Gimme Shelter

 (2,323)6.51 h 41 min2014X-RayPG-13
HD. Vanessa Hudgens delivers a powerhouse performance as a broken young woman who finds hope against all odds at a shelter for pregnant teens.
Ronald Krauss
Vanessa HudgensJames Earl JonesRosario Dawson
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Stephanie SzostakEmily MeadeAnn DowdBrendan Fraser
Ron KraussJeff Rice
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Double HappinessReviewed in the United States on November 20, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
This is a true story? On what planet?
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A 16 year old girl lives in a bad neighborhood with her abusive druggie mother who only keeps her around for the welfare check. She runs away, to try to find her father. She finds her father, and he is super rich, married to a snobby woman with two spoiled brat kids (her half siblings). Her father has never met her, but he recognizes her as his daughter just by looking at her.

She asks her father if she can stay with him for a while. He and his wife say no. It is discovered that she is pregnant, and the wicked stepmother tries to force her to have an abortion.

She runs away and gets into a car accident which lands her in the hospital. A priest at the hospital finds her a place to stay - - a home for pregnant teens where there are 8 other girls and two house mothers.

She gives birth to a black baby (her boyfriend was black). Her father comes back to offer her and the baby a home. He is accepting her into the family, including his wife and the two children. He shows her a gorgeous nursery that any new mother would love. But now she says no, she would rather stay in the homeless shelter with the 8 troubled girls.

I have heard of homes for pregnant girls. They throw you and your baby out after about 2 years. And you certainly can't stay there if you have somewhere else to go - - it is only for homeless girls. It is horrible that this girl could be allowed to stay after Prince Charming rescued her. There must be another girl who desperately needs to stay there but now cannot because there is no room at the inn.

This fairytale would never happen in real life - - when they say that it is "based on a true story," it must be very loosely based.

Which would any sane person choose for herself and her newborn baby......
Choice # 1 - Live in a shelter with your baby, sharing half of a small room with a stranger and her baby, in a house with 8 troubled girls with all of their babies, and everything is old hand-me-downs, and who knows who else (possibly even dangerous) could move in at any moment, with two house mothers and endless chores.
Choice # 2 - Live in a large, brand new nursery with your baby, with every possible luxury, including maid service, in a huge house with your father who is ready to love you and your baby, to be part of a family for the first time in your life.
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TeeruuReviewed in the United States on September 30, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Very Good... Worth Watching
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Many of the one and two star reviews here made reference to the story being slow or Lifetime-ish, and some made reference to religious agenda... everyone has their own opinion. While my husband and I can't say this was an "enjoyable" movie, we both thought it was very good.
It is difficult to "enjoy" watching the struggle of children who experience very real heartache and pain as a result of absent or selfish parents. The "good" comes in when that child realizes what they want and what is possible and then is found by real-life, caring people who give selflessly of themselves to stop the cycle.
If you are looking for an action-adventure, this is not for you. If you can watch a film without dissecting or critiquing the acting to get to the story, this is watchable. If you don't mind be reminded of how good your life is compared to some, watch it... you might also label this as "very good."
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Natalya the SpyReviewed in the United States on September 9, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Really moving
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What a moving movie. I doubt that anyone seeing this movie could neglect to take Vanessa Hudgens seriously as an actress. She was unrecognizable as she transformed into an at risk teen who becomes a teenage mother. Her performance was beyond exceptional. I have to admit that I blew her off for many years as a sugar coated Disney star. She outperformed any ten people in this movie.

There were also very solid performances from Brendan Fraser (who I have always loved), and Rosario Dawson. In fact, really everyone in the movie did a great job with their role. I was surprised how blown away I was by it.

I'm a 30 something year old female, with no kids (yet) and even I was able to relate to this story in a way that surprised me. In fact, I was so moved that after I found out it was based on a true story, I looked up the shelter from the movie and made a donation.

The character Apple might be fictitious, but there are girls like this all over the country right at this moment. It is heartwarming to know that someone has the tenacity to do something about it. This movie brings these real-life struggles to the spotlight in the most genuine possible way. Well done.
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MorgineReviewed in the United States on July 3, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Very Inspiring Movie!
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What an incredible story! This young woman went through a lot to come out the other side. The first part was a little hard to watch for a very sensitive person like me, however, it really happened, so the truth is simply real. I so admire her courage and never willing to give up attitude. I hope she continues to be an inspiration to other people. I also wanted to support the woman who made her home into a shelter for pregnant young women! What a strong person she is! Incredible strength and dedication! At the end of the movie they show photos of the actual people who were in the movie. I found it very, very inspiring and would recommend to many friends!
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GiftbearerReviewed in the United States on December 27, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Sad but moving story
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Although alot of the details were shocking and this girl's mother was a monster it was believable in that there are many girls like this in America who come from broken homes and whose fathers are absent. What she described being in foster homes is accurate, and many girls are victims of human trafficking (alluded to in some of the interactions with the mother).

It appears that the black man in the SUV who told her to get in; that he had "business" to discuss with her was probably either her pimp and/or the baby's father.

It does seem to defy logic that she would choose in the end not to stay with her father who genuinely did care about her and wanted to make it up to her but rather stay in the shelter, but for someone who has never really had a permanent home it was believable, as she probably didn't trust that her father was offering a permanent home to her, and for somebody who had been abused and moved around all her life it would take a long time to trust anyone. I suspect the shelter may have just let her stay there for a month or two until she was able to build more of a solid relationship with her father. I don't think they let her stay there for a year or two but were trying to transition her gradually, as it was quite a different lifestyle than she was used to.
AtaturkReviewed in the United States on December 21, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
what a wonderful world it would be if only...
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what a wonderful world it would be if young, single, desperate dads that leave their offspring behind so as this one did. accept. hesitantly at first then, with open arms. everyone went through changes; indifference, repulsion, reflection, introspection, understanding, empathy, acceptance. resolve. its all there in this film. the run through of the wide spectrum of emotions. the young, angry girl becoming a full fledged woman with a child of her own. changes, time, space, love from the most unexpected of places. i love this film. I'd watch it again. i recommend it for those who are a spiral down of self destruction, no avenues to turn. lost, without hope. there is a family beyond blood. ties, that forever bind. its a lovely movie even if it reeks a bit of Christianity, lifetime movie of the week, hallmark melodrama. its a good movie. it is not worthless, it is not without hope. its inspiring for those that need to be.
Chris D.Reviewed in the United States on July 14, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
A very moving true story
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What a great movie! I can relate to Apple to some degree, because I was abandoned by both parents, placed in an abusive foster home. On my own at 18. But she really had it bad with her abusive Mom. I hope Apple does well in life and that she makes a good Mom and changes her life around. It is possible I did. Also the world could use more people like Father McCarthy. The movie was so moving and when Apple had her baby she showed such love for her baby. That part really made me cry. I am so glad to see there are good people like Kathy DiFiore who transformed her home into a shelter and gave the teens the option of life instead of abortion. It is a very moving story. I truly enjoyed it.
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SharpReviewed in the United States on March 21, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Vanessa Hughes is an amazing actress and brings forth a realistic portrayal of a ...
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Vanessa Hughes is an amazing actress and brings forth a realistic portrayal of a sixteen-year-old who had to raise herself for all her youth up until she’s pregnant and flees an abusive mother who led the same life on the streets being pregnant that Apple is destined to follow.
The minister, portrayed my James Earl Jones is the key to Apple's rebellious and troubled turn-around during her pregnancy. Her salvation begins when he tells her to read verses from the Bible. I see that as her change, yet she has far to go. The unwed mother's home is a Godsend for Apple and her baby, but I must be an optimist, for I believe Apple's father does have feelings for his daughter. He has tears for the daughter he never knew up until this point. While it is true that his wife is a snob, he is the father and a new grandfather and wants to make up for the time he lost with his daughter. The letter Apple reads from him as a young man was filled with regrets of his youth. He still wants to be there for her. Partly from guilt and partly from wanting to make amends and be a real father to a daughter he was never allowed to see or know.
When he returned Apple to the unwed mother's home, I thought it was a big negative, when the other girls seemed to want to keep her there only for what? To be best friends raising babies without families or a father, without hope. Being a mother is a serious matter, not the life of dorm roommates.
The home was a lifesaver to be sure, but I felt the other young mothers should have rejoiced that Apple's father wanted to make a better life for his daughter and form a father/daughter and even a granddaughter relationship. Forget his wife. He came off as sincere in his intentions or he would have left her at the home to begin with.
Of course, the viewer does not know what happens after the credits roll and what's in the mind of the writer, but I wonder if Apple ends up on the streets again just like her mother and then she would loose her baby forever. I felt she should never have gone back to the home for unwed mothers. Not to mention, her biological mother knows she's there and would likely return for her. Since the movie was based in part on true lives of this particular teen, I will never understand why Apple chose to return to the home. She told her father that she would contact him when she was "ready." All the while, the mother of Apple looms like a dark cloud of what could be a disaster of an ending. This was a great movie and the actors delivered powerful performances.
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