Babygirl (2013)

Not Rated   |    |  Drama, Romance

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Set in the Bronx, BABYGIRL is a bitter-sweet drama about teenager LENA who, since she can remember, has watched her mom LUCY squander her life on a series of deadbeat men. When VICTOR, her ... See full summary »

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6 June 2017 | paul_haakonsen
| It had its moments, for sure...
When I read the synopsis for this movie, I must admit that I was more than intrigued, because it sounded like director and writer Macdara Vallely was on to something extraordinary here. So it was with quite an amount of expectation that I sat down to watch "Babygirl".

However, it turned out that my expectations to the movie were not brought to a fruitful cash in, because "Babygirl" turned out to be somewhat of a different movie than what I had believed it to be.

With that being said, don't get me wrong, it is still a nice movie and indeed a very watchable movie at that. I was just expecting something else, so I was a bit disappointed with the end result of the movie.

"Babygirl" started out quite OK in establishing the characters and setting the stage, but then it took an abrupt nose dive for the worse.

It was the characters in the movie that proved to be the biggest disappointment in my opinion. I say that because the characters were rigid and wooden, and they seemed very superficial and one-dimensional.

The acting, however, was quite good, and people were doing good jobs with the severe limitations imposed upon them by the script and the director. Yainis Ynoa carried the movie quite nicely, and Flaco Navaja really performed well despite his sleazy role.

"Babygirl" was suffering from having a terrible written script. The intention of the writer and director was definitely good and there was a lot of effort put into this movie. But it just didn't had what mattered in terms of being unique and standing out. It felt like just another run-of-the-mill drama, except this was with an all Latino cast.

All in all, not the best of dramas that I have seen, and it wasn't what I had expected, so I was somewhat disappointed.

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