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Hell Baby Review

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  • 10

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    Tedious and tasteless in equal measure, the lazy horror parody Hell Baby gives grossout comedy a bad name.

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  • 20

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    The Hollywood Reporter Justin Lowe

    Garant and Lennon’ script, with its insistence on constantly repeating the same gags, rapidly wears thin.

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  • 38

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    USA Today Scott Bowles

    Hell Baby is what happens when you try to parody a parody. The result is a film that's less than half as funny as its predecessor, and a sliver as clever as the original.

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  • 70

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    Los Angeles Times Robert Abele

    Its modest (if occasionally gross-out) stabs at genre parody rarely insult our intelligence and even allow for the kind of retro deadpan silliness Mel Brooks used to underline his louder punch lines.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Village Voice Stephanie Zacharek

    The movie is delightfully crude in places (including an instance of relay puking) and just plain silly-clever in others.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Not for kids

Vulgar, lowbrow horror-comedy has extreme blood and gore.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Hell Baby is a crude comedy with horror elements. It features quite a bit of comical blood and gore, with many characters dying, and adult characters trying to catch, beat up, and kill a newborn demon baby. Sex is a big issue, with full-frontal female nudity, very strong innuendo and suggestion, as well as scenes inside a strip club, and images of an adult magazine. Language is likewise strong, with multiple uses of "f--k," "s--t," "bitch," and more. Two adult characters smoke cigarettes almost constantly, many of the characters smoke pot and get high, and most of the characters drink beer, wine, or hard alcohol; it's all played for humor. Characters eat in a real New Orleans restaurant, and the scenes play like commercials. Some Apple products and Facebook are mentioned. The movie is available VOD as well as in theaters, so parents beware.

  • Families can talk about Hell Baby's extreme blood and gore. Are audiences expected to laugh at this stuff? Are there any circumstances under which blood and gore are funny?
  • What stereotypes did you notice in the movie? What does it have to say about them?
  • Is the movie scary? What makes a really scary horror movie?
  • How does the movie use drinking and smoking as part of its humor?
  • What's the difference between lowbrow humor and other types of humor? What makes it appeal to some people?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Though the movie is very crude, bloody, and gory, it does have a few sly comments about race relations, and there are some interesting twists on stereotypical behavior. But other stereotypes are more typical and offensive.

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    Role models: Though the characters generally mean well and are somewhat sympathetic, none of them are particularly admirable.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Though it's all played for laughs, the movie has some very bloody and gory violence. Characters punch, stab at, and burn a little demon baby that looks fake, but it still feels cruel. Adult characters also toss the demon baby back and forth, and a "real" baby gets caught up in the tossing. Many characters die. Characters are bitten, scratched, and shot, with lots of spurting blood. A victim is shown with his entrails hanging out. In flashback, characters are shot, gored by a bull, and attacked by a snake. The movie also has some scary stuff, like faces in windows and sudden jump-shocks.

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    Sex: A female character is shown fully naked, head-to-toe, back and front, for several moments (she also oils her breasts). A man's naked bottom is briefly shown. A man receives oral sex under the covers (nothing graphic is seen). Scenes take place in a strip club, with at least two topless women, lap dancing, and other sexy dancing. An "old lady" is shown naked; her breasts are visible, but overall, she looks more like a rubber suit than an actual person. A married couple occasionally kisses and thinks about sex. The outline of a man's penis is seen through biking shorts. The cover and an inside page of a (fake) issue of OUI magazine are shown; there's no nudity, but it's definitely suggestive (and it's referred to as "porn").

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    Language: Language is very strong, including many uses of "f--k" and "s--t," as well as "goddamn," "oh my God," "Jesus," "ass," "bitch," "balls," "penis," "boobs," "boobies," "boner," "d--k," and "a--hole."

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    Consumerism: Facebook, Apple iPhone, and Apple MacBook Pro are shown and/or mentioned. Several scenes take place in Domilise's Po-Boy & Bar, with characters eating po-boys, drinking beer, and making lots of "yummy" noises; it's like an advertisement for the place, though it seems to be only a local New Orleans restaurant, rather than a chain.

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Two priest characters are constantly smoking cigarettes. A pregnant woman drinks wine (and paint thinner) and smokes a cigarette. Several main characters smoke pot. Characters drink beer in the po-boy restaurant and martinis in the strip club.