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Movie Review: Nasty Baby

By Jonathan Fuchs, Copy Editor

[Fabula; 2015]

Rating: 4.5/5

Nasty Baby is the perfect example of a movie with an acquired taste; while many are going to walk out loving it, many are going to hate it so much they’ll want their time and money back. But no matter what, this is unlike any film you’ve ever seen. Anyone who calls themselves a movie lover needs to experience the oddness that is Nasty Baby.

The film follows Freddy (director Sebastián Silva) and Mo (Tunde Adebimpe), a couple trying to have a baby with the help of their friend Polly (Kristen Wiig) while having to overcome certain people who get in their way. Though the plot sounds ordinary on paper, the film’s editing, writing, characters and suddenly dark third act make Nasty Baby an unforgettable experience and possibly the best movie of 2015.

Nasty Baby mostly shines through its characters and tremendous acting, which glue you to your seat for the entire 100 minutes. You can tell the actors care about their roles because the acting never comes off as fake or over the top, which was a problem in Silva’s film Crystal Fairy & the Magical Cactus.

The direction Silva gives the film is well done; even at crazier parts, none of it ever seems unrealistic. It will always keep the audience interested in what’s going on and will keep people on the edge of their seats during the absolute insanity that is the last half-hour of the movie. Although many are split about the film’s ending, there is no denying that it is intense and completely unpredictable.

Nasty Baby may be the strangest film you will ever see in your entire life; you may leave it completely satisfied or completely frustrated. Either way, it is a movie you have to see to believe.

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