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Hell Baby

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Hell Baby
  • Genre: Comedy, Horror
  • Release Date: 2013-09-06 Limited
  • Running Time: 93 min.
  • Directors: Robert Ben Garant, Thomas Lennon
  • Cast: Leslie Bibb, Thomas Lennon, Rob Corddry, Paul Scheer, Riki Lindhome, Keegan Michael Key, Rob Huebel, Michael Ian Black, Robert Ben Garant
  • Writers: Robert Ben Garant, Thomas Lennon
  • Distributor: Millenium Entertainment
  • Official Site: Hell Baby Official Site

Smug, gentrifying white people having babies: Making fun of them never gets old. Yet relatively few movies are devoted to this highly amusing blood sport. Enter Hell Baby, written and directed by Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon. With this story about a beaming, expectant couple who just may be giving birth to the spawn of Satan, Garant and Lennon, both veterans of The State and Reno 911!, aren't just sending up ancient horror conventions; they're mocking every set of self-righteous parents-to-be you've ever met. Hell Baby seems slight. But its tiny little fangs make some pretty deep puncture wounds. Clueless couple Rob Corddry and Leslie Bibb have just bought a broken-down house in an up-and-coming neighborhood that hasn't quite started coming up-- in other words, they're the only white folks. An overly friendly neighbor-- Keegan Michael Key, of the astonishing Key and Peel comedy duo-- shows up to welcome them to the 'hood. (His name, he explains, is F'resnel: "spelled just like it sounds!") He also tells them there hasn't been a murder in their house for a long time-- at least, not in this calendar year. Before long, Bibb starts lighting up cigarettes and downing wine, and sweetly tries to offer her spouse a glass of paint thinner. What's going on? A pair of broken-English-speaking exorcists (played by Garant and Lennon) shows up; they've heard there's some demonic possession afoot. But first, two loopy local cops (Rob Huebel and Paul Scheer) welcome them to town by taking them to the local strip joint. Because, why not? The movie is delightfully crude in places (including an instance of relay puking) and just plain silly-clever in others.

Stephanie Zacharek

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