Meant to Be
When 20-year old Nathan Burr (Bradley Dorsey) loses his career and his girlfriend, he questions his purpose in life. Compounding his struggle, Nathan grew up in a foster home and never met his birth mother. Nathan sets out on a quest to find his mother and somehow come to terms with her rejection of him. His journey begins by flying to the city where he was born. Upon his arrival, Nathan checks into a hotel and meets Mave (Della Reese) the hotel’s housekeeper. Encouraged by Mave’s wisdom and the help of a hotel guest, Shelly, (Kristen Renton) Nathan finds the address of his mother, Linda Dixon (Erika Eleniak). Linda is a social worker who agonizes over the decision she made with Nathan 20 years ago. In an effort to admonish the guilt of giving up her son, Linda is caught up in the life of a teenage mother, Tori (Erin Sossoman) who is conflicted by the decision to abort her baby. When Nathan gathers the courage to meet his mother, he uncovers a terrible secret that totally redefines what was meant to be for his life.
If you want to see a powerful drama about abortion and one which features compassion for the young girls making life-changing decisions, this is the one to see. Dean Cain and Erika Eleniak head up a strong cast as Mike and Linda, a couple who deals with Linda’s regret about giving up her son several years ago. She longs to see him again. In the story we meet her son, fantastically played by Bradley Dorsey. Her son, Nathan Burr, wants to meet his mother but is afraid of rejection. When a young girl named Tori (Erin Sossamon) becomes pregnant and considers abortion, Linda is determined to help guide her with love and compassion, not judgment.
The viewer will experience a few surprises along the way in this story. The theme of the importance of life is woven throughout the film, and the fact that sometimes we live with regret due to decisions we have made. Due to the sophisticated theme, we are recommending this movie for ages twelve plus. This one entertains and makes one think, a pretty rare combination.