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Baby Done

By Kat Halstead, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

New Zealand pregnancy comedy has language, sex references.

Movie NR 2021 91 minutes
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New Zealand comedian Matafeo is warm and likable as Zoe, all denial-driven stubboness and defiant chaos, leaning into the dramatic scenes as hard as the more comfortable comedy territory. The laid-back, low-key relationship with long-term boyfriend Tim (Lewis aka Harry Potter's Neville Longbottom) in Baby Done is sweet and playful, and the actors share a great chemistry that makes it feel easy and believable.

As Zoe gets nearer to the birth, she fights harder against the pregnancy, increasingly determined to load herself up with rucksacks and jet off to compete in an international tree-climbing competition, while simultaneously seeking out the attentions of a creepy "Preggophile" to prove she's still got it. An obvious inevitability hangs in the air, and the movie becomes part will-they-won't they and part reclamation of the woman-child trope, in which our female lead has as much right to a pregnancy "freak-out" as her male counterpart. Intimate, funny, and smartly written, this is a promising second feature from director-to-watch Curtis Vowell.

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