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.
Quite an ingenious little exploitation film with an intense performance by Ruth Roman, who brings an old-school gravitas to the happenings. Unlike most genre films of its type, there's so much here that's ripe for analysis, not the least of which is the ending...a jaw-dropper in the most literal sense.
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.