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Nasty Baby

Nasty Baby
Sebastian Silva, Reg E. Cathey, and Kristen Wiig

Rated: R for sexual content, some disturbing violence, language, drug use and graphic nude images.
Reviewed by: Jim  
Release date: October 15, 2015 Released by: The Orchard

A slice of life in a modern Brooklyn-based comedy from Sebastian Silva locates wit, sincerity and darkness in ways that can be affecting, yet rather gloomily provocative.

Nasty Baby refers to an odd, if off-putting project from director/star Silva's Freddie who grows impatient with goofy nomadic and unbalanced Bishop (Reg E. Cathey) when it comes to disrupting the refuge of a swank Brooklyn apartment (the clamor of a leaf blow and a quasi-valet, in particular). Tension from an upper middle-class milieu (as much of the running-time is spent in the living quarters) with best friend Polly (Kristen Wiig of The Martian and The Skeleton Twins) and close male friend Mo (Tunde Adebimpe, remembered as the groom in Rachel Getting Married).

Issues with anger management, inability to conceive, refusal to help in trying to start a family is part of the deconstruction of ethics and obligations that may be unnervingly underestimated from the drolly mundane. It's hard to refute the efforts of the principles here that avoids send-up status through quirkiness and tics that's disseminated with empathy from Polly and Mo, and, especially, an uptight Freddie and Bishop.

The latter part of this Baby seems rather out of sync and has a recoiling effect from what preceded it. It's nasty like Freddie's unpleasant creation, but perhaps more of an assured realism than manipulated cinematic mismanagement to put human nature in perspective. Silva's talents behind the camera to accentuate greenery and where electronics currently stands, besides a certain amount of insolence, extends to the end credits in a nifty roller-skating interlude that may tempt him to tackle new genres. And, perhaps demarcate a smaller amount of his potential viewership.

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