from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)
|Dead Babies (aka Mood
Swingers) is adapted from a wickedly black comic novel by Martin Amis.
The novel is said to be the prose equivalent of "theatre of
the absurd", an inventive non-sequential, violent, amoral tale of
a weekend romp between six Englanders and three Americans. The
mix of weekend activities features plenty of casual sex, casual
drug use, casual violence and casual shoes. As always, the actual
events portrayed in Amis' work are secondary in importance to his
various ruminations on the meaning of life, the nature of the soul,
immortality, and other such important and tedious subjects.
William Marsh and Cristian Solimeno
frontal: Hayley Carr
topless: Olivia Williams, Alexandra Gilbreath
|This is not the
easiest kind of project to adapt to a watchable film. Virtually
anything can be described in prose, but conceits which seem crafty and
literary in writing can seem outlandish on film. Remember the giant
thumb in "Even Cowgirls Get The Blues"?
||In addition, most of us still insist
on some basic coherence in our movies. The only semblance of a plot
centers around a gang of internet-based terrorists known as the
Conceptualists, who seem to kill people for no apparent reason, and
who may or may not have infiltrated the weekend's debauchery
It is basically incoherent gibberish.
It looks like it is not only about drug use, but also involved some
intensive study on the set.
record. Every single reviewer gave this film the lowest
possible rating. I don't believe I have ever seen that
happen before. BBC 1/5, Shadows on the Wall 1/4, The
Evening Standard 1/4
H. Smith doesn't give a numerical rating, but their
reviewer said "Dead babies is remorselessly boring
and stupid, and (to be entertaining) would require heavier
drug use than it depicts."
- With their
votes ... IMDB summary: IMDb voters
score it 4.4. It ranks as Olivia Williams' worst movie,
no small feat for a woman who has been in both The Body
and The Postman.
guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of
excellence, about like three and a half stars
from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm
watchability, about like two and a half stars
from the critics. The fives are generally not
worthwhile unless they are really your kind of
material, about like two stars from the critics.
Films under five are generally awful even if you
like that kind of film, equivalent to about one
and a half stars from the critics or less,
depending on just how far below five the rating
guideline: A means the movie is so good it
will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not
good enough to win you over if you hate the
genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an
open mind about this type of film. C means it will only
appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover
appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you
like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if
you love the genre. F means that the film is not only
unappealing across-the-board, but technically
inept as well.
Based on this
description, this film is an E. It's reasonably well
photographed, thus avoiding an F.
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