A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Offers an honest look at the struggles of an unconventional "family" that's struggling with infertility, which advances themes of friendship, diversity, and community. But the tone changes completely in the last 30 minutes, resulting in some ambiguously dark takeaways.
Positive Role Models
For most of the film, the main characters model positive relationships built on friendship, love, and open communication. But when life takes a sinister turn, they all make serious moral compromises.
Violence & Scariness
Physical threats and verbal harassment lead to a man being fatally injured during a knife fight; subsequent scenes show bloody wounds, spurting blood, and a messy crime scene.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Simulated sex acts include masturbation, a hand job, and artificial insemination; brief shots of full-frontal male and female nudity in a still image, plus a scene in which a man watches pornography (no sensitive body parts shown).
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Very frequent extreme language includes "motherf--ker," "s--t," and "c--k," along with slurs like "f----t" and crude terms like "cum."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Social drinking, drug use (pot), cigarettes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Nasty Baby centers on an unconventional "family" composed of three friends -- a single woman, her gay best friend, and his longtime partner -- who are trying to have a baby via artificial insemination. Their struggle to conceive is central to the plot, but little sex is actually shown -- though a few sex acts (masturbation, hand jobs, etc.) are simulated, and there's a brief graphic shot of male and female genitalia in an art gallery. The main characters swear very frequently; words heard include "motherf--ker," "s--t," and "c--k," as well as gay slurs like "f----t." There's also some social drinking, cigarette smoking, and drug use (pot). To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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.
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