MOVIE REVIEW: THE BABY 1973
The Baby is about a kindly social worker named Ann Gentry. Ann is still grieving her husband's debilitating accident and is residing with her mother in-law. Ann is assigned to the case of the Wadsworth family. The family consists of the domineering mother, two weird but very beautiful adult daughters, and a grown son who is referred to as Baby. Baby (his actual name is never spoken) is a grown man who is forced into mental infancy. He does not walk or speak, wears diapers, and is confined to a "crib". Ann immediately gets wrapped into this family and their madness. Seeing her fondness for Baby, Ann's supervisor warns her that the last social worker to become involved with Baby disappeared without a trace. Ann does not heed the warnings. She is determined to rescue baby because it is apparent that he is being abused. Not only is he forced to live in a mental and physical prison, he is cattle-prodded and sexually abused. In one scene where a baby sitter is hired to care for Baby while his family is away....the sitter decides to do some makeshift "breastfeeding" on Baby. She is caught by the family and beaten within an inch of her life. The mother and sisters are gangsta I tell ya LOL. Ann, along with her mother-in-law's blessing sets out to rescue Baby from his oppressors. She decides to do this at a birthday party given by the family. Now the strangest thing about this film is all the people who are at this party, know about this man being forced to remain a baby but everyone is acting like it's the most normal thing in the world. Ann's kidnapping attempt is thwarted when one of the sisters drug her at the party and ties her up in the basement. It is Baby who helps to rescue her and she and Baby flee off into the night. But once she gets Baby home..the kindly Anne has a few secrets of her own and her REAL motives for wanting Baby in her life are revealed.
Crazy, crazy twist ending. The movie starts off as a melodrama, almost a Movie Of The Week type of deal but then develops into one of the most BIZARRE plot twists I've ever seen. Complete with knives, guns, and folks being buried alive! There is very little nudity here and very little vulgar language. There is also very little gore if any. The most violent scene is at the end of the movie and it's more shocking than it is gory. This is another movie you'll have to see to believe. It's certainly a "Were these people high when they wrote this script" kind of movie.
VERDICT: 3 Soul Claps
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