In what Vanity Fair deemed “2015’s greatest ‘shit happens’ movie,” we find actor/director Sebastián Silva, TV on the Radio‘s Tunde Adebimpe and everyone’s celebrity crush Kristen Wiig cooking up a modern day ménage-à-trois dramedy. Nasty Baby finds the threesome grappling with heavy subjects, albeit with a fair bit of humor, and we’ve just picked up this roller coaster of emotion so that we can dish it out to North American audiences later this year.
So what’s all the fuss about here? Brooklyn couple Freddy (Silva) and Mo (Adebimpe) are in the neighborhood for a child of their own, and they’ve asked Freddy’s best friend Polly (Wiig) to add her half to the baby-making process. But when Freddy learns that his sperm count is too low, all eyes are on Mo to take over. Intimate conversations and clashing opinions ensue until the film’s final act, when Silva (as director) throws everyone a nasty curveball. The movie takes a very dark turn, one that, much like life itself, goes from creating life to pondering just how quickly it can be taken away.
Nasty Baby, filmed almost entirely in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, has its initial moments of comedy and naïveté, but matures into a poignant look at how life’s extreme situations can take a toll. The “naturalistic, accessible and likable” performances from the trio (apparently Wiig’s best since Bridesmaids) create a film that could very well hit close to heart and home.