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189 Ratings

Nasty Baby

Directed by Sebastián Silva
United States, Chile, 2015
Drama, Comedy, Crime


Freddy is an artist who, with his boyfriend, Mo, and their best friend, Polly, 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 a neighbor.

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Nasty Baby Directed by Sebastián Silva
Roughly halfway through Silva’s excellent film, Nasty Baby, there’s a revealing, complicated, delicately handled scene in which a black local beat cop (Catrina Ganey) intervenes in a neighborhood dispute in an upscale part of Brooklyn… Without preaching or making obvious points, this scene (like the rest of the film) reminds us: how many of our daily interactions are shaped by race and class, how well we understand or intuit this fact, and how much about these issues remains unspoken
July 13, 2016
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While we are invited to keep company with this threesome and their friends for the film’s duration, our sympathies become compromised both by what they do and how quick they are to bury any moral accountability. Over the final credits, Freddy and Polly roller-disco away, unbounded and carefree like little, not quite innocent children – with the repeated lyric “let me think about it” urging the reflection that they lack.
April 01, 2016
The film feels like few other comedies I’ve seen, sustaining a nervous energy that gives it the air of psychological horror even when relatively little is taking place. The unaccountable tone is exhilarating—you never know what’s going to happen next, and you watch the film in a state of constant suspense. This suspense extends to Silva’s handling of character: the subjects of Nasty Baby are alternately monstrous and sympathetic, and Silva keeps the audience in flux as to how to read them.
November 03, 2015
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