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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.
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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 ...
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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