Social worker Ann Gentry visits her latest assignment: the Wadsworths — boozy matriarch; her two demented daughters, Alba and Germaine; and Baby, her 21-year-old son who’s being kept in an infantile state, complete with crib and diapers.
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Fun, weird 70s psycho-thriller. The premise seems like it would run its course pretty quick, but it manages to keep moving with some compelling oddball characters. The predictable climax drags on a bit too long, but leads up to an amusing twist ending. Solid entertainment for cult movie fans.
From an age rife with utopian social experiments -- most of which we tend to reflexively dismiss, arguably at our peril -- The Baby provides an upbeat portrait of a then alternative approach to child rearing that has since become ubiquitous throughout the rapidly infantilizing West.
Possibly one of the more vile, reprehensible, grotesque features I've ever seen - my head was cocked at a slight angle and my eye was twitching, always mildly unsure that what I was watching is actually what they were depicting. In short, I kinda liked it. Or at least the part of me I hate liked it.