Babysplitters

Movie review by
Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media
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Baby-sharing comedy is perfect for parents, not kids; sex.
  • NR
  • 2020
  • 119 minutes

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 1 review

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Positive Messages

The best laid plans often go awry. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Main characters are great friends who communicate well with each other, even during frustrations, disagreements. Both of the central couples have strong marriages. Ethnically diverse cast. A character regularly receives professional help to stay mentally healthy. Positive representation of gay couples.

Violence
Sex

Several long, humorous sex scenes and conversations, all related to marriage and process of getting pregnant. In sexual moments, part of a man's rear is exposed, and a woman is shown in her bra. Language is at times a bit on the blunt side (e.g., "pre-cum") but leans toward clinical. Body parts are generally referred to by their correct terms.

Language

Strong language includes "ass," "boob," "s--t," and several uses of "f--k." Some sexual language, mostly used in context of getting pregnant. A couple of insults, like "idiot."

Consumerism

Brands mentioned/seen include Previa, Corona, Panera Bread, Uber, Burke Williams, and Tinder.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drinking in social and stressful situations. Erectile dysfunction medication is taken.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Babysplitters is a comedy about two married couples who decide to have and share one baby. While it's got enough relatability to fill a diaper pail, there's nothing here for younger viewers. They won't enjoy it, and you might not want them to, given that several scenes are about making the baby. Some of those intimate moments show one character in a bra and a man's side butt. Characters drink socially and curse on occasion ("ass," "f--k"), and there's some "dirty talk." Although it doesn't use any truly "dirty" words, parents may still squirm if watching alongside their children. That said, if your teens do check it out, you can point out the characters' excellent communication skills, which is why the couples' marriages and friendships are so successful.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byJoMom22 July 27, 2020

thanks for the rec!

definitely not for little ones, but me and my husband hugely enjoyed it and laughed a ton.
Adult Written byAdela j September 26, 2020

Such an amazing movie!

13 year old kids already know about drugs, Sex, Etc. Now; Familes that don’t let their kids watch The Office... shouldn’t let their kids watch this. There are s... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written bysomethinrt August 1, 2020

amazing movie but not really for kids..

I love this movie so much, it’s really funny and has an amazing cast and the movie tells a great story. But while it’s good I think the storyline better appeals... Continue reading

What's the story?

In BABYSPLITTERS, after five years together, Sarah (Emily Chang) is ready to have children, but her husband, Jeff (Danny Pudi), is on the fence. He's not sure whether he's ready to sideline his career, his income, and his free time just yet. When they find out that their best friends, Taylor (Maiara Walsh) and Don (Eddie Alfano), are having the same debate in their house, the couples hatch what seems like a perfect solution: share one baby. 

Is it any good?

"Side-splitters" may be a more appropriate title, at least for the parents in the audience. Riffing on the conversations many adults have likely had when determining the right time to have children, Babysplitters turns a shocking decision into something relatable. The characters' solution feels in step with how millennials have disrupted many social norms with a practical, self-oriented approach. So writer-director Sam Friedlander takes that concept further, rethinking the childbearing process into something that might not seem like such an outlandish or bad idea -- but then proving why a "timeshare baby" is a terrible idea in a way that's terribly funny.

While their idea is half-baked, the characters are fully drawn, and every action they take comes out of the truth of who they are -- even some of the more ridiculous characters, like Jeff's hip skateboarding boss and a Tinder-swiping fertility doctor. They're all good folks with human flaws who are just doing their best. While being able to afford a baby is a concern, no one here is materialistic. In fact, Jeff is an executive at a farm-to-table company, but he dreams of working in the fields to grow produce. And Emily is a parking enforcement officer -- it's not a job she loves, but it's work she takes pride in. This type of occupation is rarely (if ever) portrayed in the media in a positive light, and Friedlander's inclusion is the kind of thing that's needed to start changing the tone society takes when assuming certain jobs are "undesirable." The same can be said for the main characters' communication skills. While they sound like everyone else, at times making snide comments or calling each other out, they actually communicate really well. No one is weak, they advocate for their beliefs, and they solve problems through respect, understanding, and compromise -- in the funniest of ways.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how the characters in Babysplitters demonstrate communication. Why is this an important life skill

  • Talk about creative problem-solving. What are real-life examples of thinking outside the box, both positive and negative?

  • What are the different kinds of diversity seen in the film? Why is representation important? How does the film poke fun at being "woke" while also being a work of progressive thinking?

  • What are Jeff and Taylor's worries about parenting? Are they valid, self-centered, or both? How does this film compare to other movies about having a baby?

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