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'Nasty Baby'
(Tunde Adebimpe, Alia Shawkat, Mark Margolis, Kristen Wiig, Reg Cathey, et al / DVD / R / 2015 / Sony Pictures)

Overview: A close-knit trio navigates the idea of creating life, while at the same time being confronted with a brutal scenario that causes them to take a life.

DVD Verdict: The central character of 'Nasty Baby' is Freddy. He's an artist and this story is about him preparing to film or rather video his entry to an art exhibition. His art project is to record himself dressed and acting like an infant, a baby in diapers! Throughout this story there is an elderly man who taunts, harasses, and belittles Freddy because Freddy is gay.

Freddy and boyfriend Mo ignore this hatred coming from this man. Freddy and Mo get on with their lives. Then one evening the hate filled neighbor follows Freddy while walking home. The hate filled man continues his harassment of Freddy and Freddy has had his fill of this grotesque man and strikes back.

At this point the story suddenly changes. It becomes dark and fearful and almost neutralizes the previous hour or so of story. I wondered what is Sebastián Silva doing to this mostly benign story. I will not describe what happens because the viewer must determine what the statement is for themselves. For me this movie is about innocence. Freddy, as an artist, is innocent in his creative quest; the baby is also innocence personified.

Freddy and Mo just want to live their lives and not cross the paths of others. The elderly hate filled man is the world once innocents is abandoned. Freddy is forced to abandon his innocents by the hate filled man who represents society in which innocents tries to survive.

At movies end we see Freddy and friends are admiring an infant in a stroller. Here we see the same movements and sounds that Freddy created for his art project as a baby in diapers. We are left wondering what is the future for this real little infant. At what point will its own innocence be forced out of him, as it was forced out of Freddy? Perhaps you can answer that question for yourself once you have seen this highly imaginative, but rather dark at times film. Then again, perhaps not. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1:85.1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:

Commentary with Sebastian Silva, Kristen Wiig and Tunde Adebimpe
Nasty Baby: Behind the Scenes
Photo Gallery

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