Directed by Joel Edgerton, The Gift is a creepy little thriller with a queasy little ending. The movie follows married couple Robyn (Rebecca Hall) and Simon (Jason Bateman) as they move into a new neighborhood and bump into Gordo (Edgerton), an old acquaintance of Simon's. Simon and Gordo once attended the same school, and it's been awhile since they've seen each other, probably because Gordo is an absolute creep.
In fact, after their chance meeting, Gordo starts stalking the couple, but even though he seems to be a menacing monster, Simon isn't such a great guy either. See, back in high school, Simon intentionally ruined Gordo's life, just for fun, and now Gordo wants revenge. The plot takes a left turn straight into Sleaze Town when a pregnant Robyn suddenly goes into labor. After taking his wife to the hospital, Simon discovers a recording of Gordo drugging and getting ready to rape Robyn—implying that Simon's new kid might actually be Gordo's.
It should come as no surprise that many critics were outraged by this uncomfortable twist, partly because of fatigue over filmmakers using rape as a shock tactic, and partly because the ending turned an otherwise strong female character into a sexual object for guys to fight over. As A.A. Dowd of The A.V. Club put it, Robyn has become "collateral damage in the war between these two men," and it gets even worse as the movie doesn't stop to consider Robyn's reaction to her possible assault (if she ever finds out, anyway). Instead, it only focuses on how Simon handles the news.
On the more practical side of things, Jason Bailey of Flavorwire notes that a DNA test could solve this conundrum pretty easily, but nit-picking aside, the moral of The Gift is pretty simple: Hollywood should be a little more thoughtful when it comes to using sexual assault as a twist ending.