Nasty Baby

Nasty Baby

By Sebastian Silva

  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Date: 2015-10-30
  • Advisory Rating: R
  • Runtime: 1h 41min
  • Director: Sebastian Silva
  • Production Company: Versatile Film
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • iTunes Price: USD 9.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: USD 4.99
5.3/10
5.3
From 45 Ratings

Description

An award-winning festival favorite by Sebastian Silva ("The Maid"), NASTY BABY centers on Freddy (Silva), a Brooklyn-based artist who, with his boyfriend, Mo (Tunde Adebimpe), and their best friend, Polly (Kristen Wiig), is trying to have a baby. As this trio deals with the complications of conception and creating the "new normal" family, their bliss is clouded by a series of confrontations with an annoying neighbor who just might be a madman.

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  • Wow

    1
    By HaroldnCA
    Whoever made this movie trailer should be fired.
  • No Negative

    1
    By Yeti8me69
    If there were a negative on the ratings I would have given it a -5 .
  • Came recommended. Why?????

    3
    By Feminine Divine
    I believed the actors, and the cinematographer is worth his weight in water. There is nothing else here. Nothing.
  • Intriguing & Compulsively Watchable

    4
    By Drm4;(?(/:
    One of the weirdest movies I’ve ever seen. In a good way.
  • Great Twist!

    4
    By Inkaocaa
    A crazy story unfolds out of seemingly innocuous details. The first part of this film had me dizzy with the constantly moving handheld camera swimming around the interior shots, and I didn’t know if I was going to be able to keep going, I had to close my eyes for a few moments. Once we move out to the street the story takes some unpredictable turns, but never to a predictable rhythm. The characters are great, realistically developed, and the big twist is quite a surprise! I think I even saw Uncle Tuco in there. Influences of Hitchcock and Cassavetes with a modern spin on the storyline. I said “Whoa!” aloud a few times as the whole thing played out.
  • Amateur Hour

    1
    By NorthernExp
    There is nothing about this movie that is even remotely clever, funny, sad, or in any way truly engaging. As you watch this unfocused, wandering mess, your mind will melt away along with the premise of this so called film.
  • Great Movie

    5
    By Ninja_Nick47
    Really entertaining. This is Kristen Wiig at her best.
  • The Problematic World of Nasty Baby

    3
    By matty03
    Sebastián Silva's abilities have a skilled filmmaker have already been proven. This is a talented film director. His latest film, "Nasty Baby," more than through me off the rails after my first viewing. Having revisited the movie today, I feel a bit more confident in putting my thoughts down. Just recently Silva has gone to some great length to state that "Nasty Baby" should not be placed within the LGBT "genre." His statement to this effect seems less about an artist trying to fight against societal/political identity labels and it certainly does not feel like a marketing ploy. From my perspective, Silva's steadfast stance that "Nasty Baby" is not film focused on the urban LGBT NYC world feels like an insecure reflection of possible cultural unease in fulling owning who he is. I find it hard to imagine anyone seeing this film and not seeing it as a film largely concerned with LGBT issues. All the more to the point that it strikes me as odd that his character, "Freddy," and his clearly vested and fully committed spouse, "Mo," never quite feel like a realistic couple. "Freddy" and "Mo" are not affectionate to each other. No kisses, this is a young gay couple who both sleep in clearly individual spaces on their shared bed. No hints of spooning or touching while in bed. These two men feel more like friends than life partners. As Silva wrote and directed this film, it is hard to not wonder why he has chosen to render these two lovers so "sexless" -- especially given that the film itself has very few boundaries. The non-affection between these two is replaced with gentle prodding about anger management and life choices. It does not appear to be a plot point or even "conscious" choice as much as maybe a director who is not completely comfortable with presenting a gay relationship in a realistic way. It feels a bit like being dragged back to the sexless gay world presented by mainstream filmmakers in the early to mid-1990's. Possibly without even realizing it, Silva has politicized is film in a problematic way that will probably only be noticed by those in committed relationships. The closest we see these two gay men share intimacy is when "Freddy" lends a masturbatory hand to "Mo" to help him ejaculate into a cup while "Freddy's" BESTIE waits feet away to use her clinical applicator to induce pregnancy. This entire scene feels false and almost is save for the skilled performances by Silva, Kristen Wiig and Tunde Adebimpe. It is the acting skills of his supporting actors (and his own performance) that keep this uneven film from sinking. In many ways this is a sharp character study of a successful NYC immigrant artist who is both trying to become a father and move toward performance/video-installation artwork. Silva's writing is always sharp if not a bit unfocused. The real interest here is watching a somewhat self-absorbed artist casually dismiss the work of other more successful artist (from Jennifer Anniston to Marina Abramovic.) The line which "Freddy" gives regarding Abramovic is funny on two levels that I feel fairly certain are both intentional. "Freddy" dismissed Abramovic for the very same reasons his first stab at Performance Art/Video Installation fails. The film's finest moment comes just as the second act of the film comes to a close: Played by the vastly underrated Neal Huff, "Freddy's" dream gallery owner turns out to be more than a little flakey. As "Freddy's" assistant watches in worried confusion as her boss cruelly burns whatever bridge he might have to a man who runs a NYC Art Gallery. The assistant can see the self-defeating error, but our "Freddy" is unaware. "Freddy's" level of rage is constantly surfacing in strange ways. Strange in the sense that we can sometimes empathize with him and other times -- like his assistant -- we are left with a worried concern about this man becoming a father. Up until this point of the film, Sebastián Silva's film manages to succeed. The realism of this gay couple might be questionable, but each and every actor shines and the film works despite itself. And then we reach the film's third and final act. What happens is obviously intended to shock and upend the viewer. And, of course it helps propel the worrying concern that "Freddy" is probably a very bad choice to be a parent. Sadly, the "surprising" plot turn is also largely unbelievable and feels like something we might have seen Charles Bronson and Jill Ireland play out in a bad early 80's B movie. The film is not without some merit, but it almost self-destructs. Fans of Silva's other films will most likely be a bit disappointed, but no one should dismiss this odd film's ability to hold our attention. Fingers-crossed that Silva steers clear of LGBT concerns and gets back on track at creating the level of work that he typically delivers. This film pales in comparison to "Old Cats" "The Maid" and "Crystal Fairy & the Magical Cactus." Interestingly, "Nasty Baby" probably gives us more of glimpse into our filmmaker than he is comfortable to confront.
  • Not Your Average Film

    5
    By litosfritos
    This is a film for people whose movie interest is driven by creative and imaginative storytelling. If you like to be surprised and incapable of predicting how a film will turn out, you will love this film. The entire cast is extremely charming and sneakily hilarious. There are a lot of pleasantly familiar faces, in addition to the main cast, from the likes of Arrested Development, House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, and more. This is a very special film!
  • An aimless mess

    1
    By JiggyTDawg
    As someone who is always pulling for Kristen Wiig, this movie made me want to send her a sympathy Hallmark card. This movie is so bizarre, it’s not surprising that some film critics were afraid to call this what it is — an embarrassing disaster. It’s as if they were writing the script as they went along and 3/4 in the writers realized it was a terrible, terrible movie. So they totally switched gears and tried to make it a crime drama, which they failed at as well. Ungodly. Without question the worst film I saw at Sundance in 2015.

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