Freddy (Sebastian Silva) and Mo (Tunde Adebimpe) are a Manhattan gay couple who try to have a baby with their best friend, Polly (Kristen Wiig) but instead end up in the middle of a dilemma that totally shakes up the three of them and puts their relationships to a test. “Nasty Baby” is a film that appears on the surface to be deceptively simple comedy, but one that poses some very disturbing questions about morality as it heads into the third act that is quite polarizing.
The first two-thirds of the film is nice comedy that takes a look at the evolving American family but then we are still not sure what that is. There is the argument that a gay couple does not have the tools for child-rearing but even before that, they have to fight really hard to have a child in the first place. Then we have the issue of three parents and we see the conflicts that might come out of pairing three people with different agendas, however there is a moral that when people are devoted to each other, there’s nothing they won’t do to protect the one they love and we see that tested violently here.
The actors here are much better than wonderful. Silva who wrote, directed and stars in the film loves his material and we sense his passion. On the screen we cannot help buy like him. Adebimpe, his spouse, is all highly likeable and he destroys any of the gay stereotypes that Hollywood gives us. He is gay but that is just who he is. The same is true for Mo who is much more macho . who subverts all the gay stereotypes Hollywood bombards us with, being a man’s man who just happens to be gay, and has a kind streak a mile long. Wiig plays the part of someone like herself and she mixes humor with sarcasm wonderfully. She also shows great compassion and love. I found myself wanting to be friends with almost everyone in the movie– the older, mysterious gay man who lives downstairs (Mark Morgolis), Silva’s straight brother, his assistant (Alla Shawkat) and even the crazy homeless guy who lives down the street (Reg E. Cathey). They all come across as very real.
Freddy is a Brooklyn artist who just wants to have a child with his African-American boyfriend, Mo (Tunde Adebimpe), using their best gal friend Polly (Wiig) as the surrogate. Months go by without Polly getting pregnant and with time running out, the only other reliable candidate is Mo, who seems unsure about the whole deal. Of course the pregnancy is very important but there are also other issues. Mo’s family is not crazy about the idea and Freddy’s new show is not doing very well. Then there is the neighborhood crazy guy who at first seems quite harmless but who also runs a leaf blower all hours of the day and also accosts Polly on the street. Freddy wants to deal with him and when this happens things change.
It seems that the film is largely improvisational and Wiig is the one who anchors the production. The movie becomes quite dark and the ending feels like a much different movie than the beginning. This is quite a film.