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“The Baby” is crying out to become a major cult film

“The Baby” is crying out to become a major cult film (photo)

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A quick recommendation of a new DVD of an old cult film: 1973’s “The Baby,” from director Ted Post. The story is sort of “Cinderella” if instead of forcing Cinderella to do manual labor, the wicked stepmother and stepsisters brutalized her into pretending she was a giant overgrown baby so they could suckle off the government teat by collecting her welfare checks. There’s no Prince Charming in this version, but there is a charming social worker who believes the “baby” (whose name is, well, Baby) is being mistreated and abused and is capable of acting like the adult he physically is.

For the life of me I can’t figure out how this film came to exist. A world in which no one but a single social worker is concerned or even skeptical about the “Grey Gardens” nutjobs and their adult baby son? Even her bosses at the welfare offices tell her to look the other way (your tax dollars at work, ladies and gentlemen!). I love how Post calls writer Abe Polsky’s story “abnormally dark” in his interview on the new “The Baby” DVD. What was Polsky thinking? More “baby horror” for the all the legions of “Rosemary’s Baby” fans out there? For whatever reason they did it, he certainly nailed his target: this thing has a baby, and it is supremely creepy.

Anjanette Comer stars as Ann, the caring case worker. Her nemesis is Baby’s suffocating mother Mrs. Wadsworth played by Ruth Roman in a performance that anticipates the psychotically over-protective, big-haired dementia of Faye Dunaway in “Mommie Dearest.” The step-sisters are technically half-sisters, Germaine (Marianna Hill) and Alba (Suzanne Zenor), but supremely unsettling. Baby is played by the truly infantile David Mooney. And I mean that as a compliment.

To talk about what makes the movie great is to spoil most of its charms, so I will make this brief. But in sum: this movie is weeeeeeird. It’s all shrill women playing mind games with one another, mentally or physically torturing each other, drugging each other, and attacking each other, all for the sake of this one, giant man-baby. And the ending is one of the great bat-shit crazy twists of all time. You have to be willing to go along for the ride. But if you are, man, what a ride this is.

“The Baby” is available now on a new DVD featuring a restored print of the film and interviews with the director and star. If you check it out, tell us what you think in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter!

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.

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It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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