Baby Done

Movie review by
Kat Halstead, Common Sense Media
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New Zealand pregnancy comedy has language, sex references.
  • NR
  • 2021
  • 91 minutes

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Teaches the importance of embracing change and taking responsibility, though this is through a character that struggles to do either.

Positive Role Models

Characters without children are shown to be carefree and fun, while those with families are portrayed as sensible and serious. Zoe and Tim deal with their unexpected pregnancy very differently, with Zoe trying to reclaim her past freedom and Tim planning for the future, which goes some way to challenging old-fashioned gender roles.

Violence

Moments of mild peril involving tree climbing and the use of a chainsaw. Hospital scenes include an ultrasound, being hooked up to a drip, blood in a bath during birth, and a caesarian section performed behind a sheet. A character is pushed off a platform during a bungee jump, and a dog jumps off a cliff into the ocean (but survives).

Sex

Characters are seen in bed, kissing, and touching in their underwear. A threesome is initiated in a hotel room, but doesn't go beyond kissing. There is passing mention of pornography and masturbation, as well as pregnancy fetish.

Language

Occasional language includes "f--k" and "s--t," as well as "p---y," "d--k," "a--hole," "piss," and "bloody."

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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters drink alcohol on a number of occasions and some appear drunk. There are references to drugs and one character takes an ecstasy tablet.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Baby Done is a New Zealand comedy about a couple who unexpectedly fall pregnant and contains sexual references, bad language, drinking, and some drug use. Couple Zoe (Rose Matafeo) and Tim (Matthew Lewis) struggle to adjust to the news that they are to become parents. They react differently, but in a manner that challenges traditional gender stereotypes. There are scenes involving kissing and touching -- including the start of a threesome -- as well as mention of porn, masturbation, and fetishes. Hospital birth scenes include blood and a caesarian section performed behind a sheet. Characters are seen drunk and under the influence of drugs (ecstasy). There is also occasional strong language including "f--k," "s--t," and "p---y." Some scenes involving heights lead to perilous situations that could be unsettling for some. Most of the scenes are played for laughs, but the adult themes and content make the film unsuitable for younger audiences.

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What's the story?

In BABY DONE, Zoe (Rose Matafeo) and her long-term boyfriend Tim (Matthew Lewis) discover that they are pregnant and attempt to adjust to the unexpected news. While Tim plans for the practicalities, Zoe makes a list of dreams for them to experience before parenthood and rushes into every adventure she can find, with little thought for her own safety. With the birth becoming ever closer, and the couple drifting further apart, will Zoe ever be able to see parenthood as a beginning rather than an end?

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Baby Done portrays sex. What values are imparted? Parents, talk to your teens about your own values regarding sex and relationships.

  • Talk about the strong language in the movie. Does it seem necessary or excessive? What does it contribute to the movie?

  • How does the movie present drinking and drugs? Is it glamorized? Are there consequences for what they do? Why is that important?

  • How do Zoe and Tim handle news of their pregnancy differently? How does the movie use humor to express how the characters are feeling? Can you think of other films that tackle unexpected pregnancy? How does this film approach the topics differently?

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