Review: Nasty Baby

I’m not hip enough to understand this film, Nasty Baby. It’s cliched, hubris heavy and barely drawn that just as the title suggests, nasty, baby, nasty.

New York gay hipster couple, Mo (Tunde Adebimpe) and Freddy (Sebastian Silva) one of whom is a unsuccessful video performance artist, and their best female friend Emma (Kristen Wiig) are taking their odd, stifling friendship to the next level and are attempting to create life ie for us simple people that means they are going to donate their sperm for her to get pregnant. The film is a grotesque view of urban hipster life in Brooklyn, at times it feels as if it is supposed to be a parody but instead it drifts into the abyss. The dramatic turn when it finally comes provides a jolt to yank it back but nothing can save this film.

The film is written and stars Sebastian Silva and my main issue with the film is there is no story evolution or fully drawn characters. The idea that a gay couple help their single friend become pregnant provides a baseline and so what. The questions would come a little faster if I actually felt engaged with this film. This film is part of the new wave of films like Frances Ha by Noah Baumbach that likes to provide an examination of life without actually saying anything of note. If you liked Frances Ha you will probably like this film.

I enjoy watching Kirsten Wiig on screen. However, in her attempt to navigate away from comic roles she’s in danger of self typecasting in these narcissistic, psychotic unhinged female roles.

Nasty Baby is released in cinemas across the UK on 8 April 2016.

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