Oh You Nasty Boy (Movie Thoughts: Nasty Baby)

nasty_baby“Nasty Baby” is one of those movies that I can only describe as…weird. You think Sebastian Silva, who directed and stars in this film, is steering it one way but it ends up at another place, so different, so divergent to where you thought it would arrive. Is that necessarily a bad thing? Silva is Freddy, who is trying to have a baby with his friend Polly (Kristen Wiig) We find out that his sperm count is low, so he is trying to convince his partner Mo (Tunde Adebimpe) to provide the ample. Check. The film has this warm and fuzzy feel – three Brooklyn hipsters trying to start a family. Cute, right? And it almost gets there, until a last-minute change of tone in this movie. I should have seen the signs from the beginning, but the turn this movie took left me almost speechless. My initial reaction after seeing the film? I felt almost duped by it. But as I thought about it more, I found myself looking at these characters differently, detaching myself from how I feel about them, and almost understanding them – their core, their complexities. This is a film that will test you – it will challenge you to assess how people look at life, on bringing life to the world, and taking life away from people. “Nasty Baby” could have been a merely interesting film. Instead, it becomes an explosive one.

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