August 3, 2013

Hell Baby (2013)

There's really not much that I can say about Hell Baby other than it was just painfully unfunny.

I really expected a lot more from the creators of Reno 911!, because that show was funny as hell, and at times, side-splittingly so.

The amount of quality comedic talent gathered in this movie is kinda crazy; Rob Corrdry, Thomas Lennon, Kumail Nanjiani, Keegan Key, Paul Scheer, Rob Huebel, Michael Ian Black, Robert Garant... this movie is over-populated with truly funny people, and yet I struggled to laugh more than a handful of times.

That makes me sad to even say.
Here's the official synopsis of the film:

"An expectant couple who moves into the most haunted house in New Orleans call upon the services of the Vatican's elite exorcism team to save them from a demonic baby."

Sounds like it could be a funny premise, right? You take a look at the cast list on IMDB, and suddenly it sounds a ton more promising. Then you sit down and check out the trailer... and it doesn't look all that funny, rather it comes off as being a bit bland. No worries though, because sometimes trailers suck, and yet the movie ends up rocking... but not this time.

A movie that boasts this much talent has no business being so bad, or at the very least, this disappointing.
Corrdry has a few funny lines, and Keegan Key was pretty solidly funny here, but aside from a few solid moments from other random cast members, the whole thing just feels too forced and almost slapsticky... it's really not slapstick, but it just came off feeling like it was. Maybe it felt more like schtick, I don't know, the whole thing just felt really off to us. I think I have to blame the script on this one, because I honestly don't know what else to blame here, especially since the talent involved is usually on their collective comedic game.

There is some pretty gratuitous nudity in this one, which I guess was kinda nice, but we wanted to laugh, not see some cute blond chick get out of the shower and show us everything she's got... wait, what the hell did we just say? Good lord, we're losing our minds.

Keegan Key's "You gon' get raped" face.
This movie gets a D instead of a DO NOT WANT! simply because the cast tried their asses off, and they gave us some funny bits here and there. Overall though, Hell Baby underwhelmed the living hell out of us, and left us feeling a bit bummed for the on screen talent involved... because we're normally big fans of just about all of them.

We'll gladly be waiting for the future projects of these various cast members, because you can't keep truly funny people down for long. For us though, Hell Baby was one big misstep that just didn't work.

Who knows, you may end up liking it. It could just be us, and a majority of peeps that check this movie out may get what we didn't. Just don't say we didn't warn you if you do end up hating it, because we did warn you. So don't say we didn't, capisce?


Gotta give credit where credit is due and say that these Hotties definitely committed to their roles, despite the lackluster results. Thanks for trying, girls. We still lub you.

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