Bauer and Gradus certainly could've made a more probing film. Instead what they deliver is something observational that neither raises questions or provides answers. What we're shown, as film subject Nichole bluntly states is, "The adult entertainment industry has infiltrated the mainstream." Aided by digital tech, this certainly seems so. That there's an impact is undeniable; how to deal w/ it remains unclear. 3.5
I wish this film, along with MISS REPRESENTATION, was screened in all middle schools. SEXY BABY did a wonderful job capturing the major developmental transition that happens between ages 12 and 13, and I appreciated the non-patronizing look at early adolescence. Nakita's insights were also valuable, and again: the directors did well by allowing her to tell her story without imposing judgement. It's all about control.