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Nasty Baby

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Offbeat drama about modern babymaking turns dark and bloody.

Movie R 2015 100 minutes
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Though he calls it a comedy, actor/director Silva's unexpectedly dark take on 21st-century babymaking is about as funny as a funeral. (Spoiler alert: Somebody dies. And, boy, do they ever.) So we're calling it a drama -- and warning those who might have been hoping for a quirky look at infertility in an era of advanced reproductive technology and relaxed "rules" when it comes to family planning that they're in for a jarring surprise. It's called NASTY BABY for a reason.

It goes without saying that this offbeat movie is an inappropriate choice for kids, considering its characters are faced with decidedly adult problems, from tracking ovulation cycles to discreetly disposing of a dead body. But it's an equally tough sell for adults thanks to aimless dialogue, jerky camera movements, and a random plot twist in the film's final act that leaves you wondering what the heck you just watched. Silva's fans will call it "intriguing," and in some ways they're right. But for most of us, it's like a bloody, rambling mess.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: October 23, 2015
  • On DVD or streaming: December 22, 2015
  • Cast: Kristen Wiig , Sebastian Silva , Tunde Adebimpe
  • Director: Sebastian Silva
  • Inclusion Information: Latino directors, Female actors, Black actors
  • Studio: The Orchard
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run time: 100 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: sexual content, some disturbing violence, language, drug use and graphic nude images
  • Last updated: June 19, 2023

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