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Hell Baby (2013)

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Average Rating: 4.4/10
Reviews Counted: 35
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 23

Though its brand of immature comedy may appeal to some, Hell Baby misses the mark with much of its humor, rendering it a largely ineffective -- and often crass -- genre sendup.

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Average Rating: 3.6/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 8

Though its brand of immature comedy may appeal to some, Hell Baby misses the mark with much of its humor, rendering it a largely ineffective -- and often crass -- genre sendup.

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HELL BABY, a comedy scripted by Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant (Night at The Museum, Reno 911!: Miami) marks their co-directing debut. Jack (Rob Corddry) and Vanessa (Leslie Bibb) are an expectant couple that moves into the most haunted fixer-upper in New Orleans -- a house with a deadly demonic curse. Things soon spiral out of control for Jack and Vanessa, as well as their-not-so-helpful neighbor F'Resnel (Keegan-Michael Key), Vanessa's friendly psychiatrist (Michael Ian Black), Vanessa's

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Horror, Comedy

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Robert Ben Garant, Thomas Lennon

Dec 31, 2013

$5.0k

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The film's reliance on female nudity for edge seems approximately as ancient as the withered hag who keeps trying to get it on with Corddry.

September 6, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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[It] rarely dares to be smart, settling instead for familiar gags that would have the Devil himself yawning.

September 5, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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A film that's less than half as funny as its predecessor, and a sliver as clever as the original.

September 5, 2013 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today
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This offensive, crass pastiche makes "Grown Ups 2" look like a paragon of wit and good taste.

September 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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There are genre satires, and then there are dumb comedies that wish they could qualify for that status.

September 5, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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Its modest (if occasionally gross-out) stabs at genre parody rarely insult our intelligence and even allow for the kind of retro deadpan silliness Mel Brooks used to underline his louder punch lines.

September 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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A slog through improv run amok -- a film that seems allergic toward anything that might be construed as a legitimate throughline, lest that somehow be interpreted as 'selling out,' and not subversive enough.

September 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Shared Darkness
Shared Darkness

Hell Baby offers a welcome alternative to the overwrought seriousness of modern horror movies with its frequently hilarious take on familiar genre tropes.

September 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Comic Book Resources
Comic Book Resources

This is just about the one-billionth movie to lampoon the horror genre, but so what? It's hilarious.

September 12, 2013 Full Review Source: amNewYork
amNewYork

Given the talent involved, it's a project that sounds promising (if maybe more than slightly derivative), but it winds up an unfortunate misfire.

September 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

The jaw drops at the drought of laughs in the horror spoof "Hell Baby," especially considering the massive amount of comic talent in front of and behind the cameras.

September 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

I can't say I didn't laugh during Hell Baby. I just didn't laugh as much as I would have liked to, or as much as I expected to.

September 6, 2013 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

Everything about it stinks, from the sophomoric writing to the sleep-inducing performances. But even more frightening is the feeling that the torture being inflicted by the writing-directing team of Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon will never end.

September 6, 2013 Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger
The Patriot Ledger

Certainly isn't the worst horror comedy of all time (see Transylmania)... But most of it is still pretty bad.

September 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Like 98-minutes of 'MADtv.' I mean that in a good way.

September 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

It soon becomes apparent that the filmmakers, many of whom worked together on "The State" and "Reno 911!", aren't committed to their film's main conceit.

September 6, 2013 Full Review Source: RogerEbert.com
RogerEbert.com

Hell Baby works as a joke factory first and foremost, a collection of tropes (some mocked) second, and a movie a distant third

September 5, 2013 Full Review Source: The Playlist
The Playlist

Garant and Lennon's attempts at humor are absolutely terrible. It's as though they have no idea what comedy is or how it works. This results in a series of gags that they must think are hilarious, but are actually extremely sad and cringe-worthy.

September 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

In the end, the level of delirium is addictive. Getting there, however, is a challenge which may or may not be worth your time.

September 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Racket
Film Racket

It's all very goofy and gleefully performed, but it's difficult to figure out exactly what Garant and Lennon want from Hell Baby.

September 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Blu-ray.com
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August 28, 2013
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Was expecting so much more than just stand-up comedy kinda humour, but it never got beyond silly gore and dry jokes. However Leslie Bibb gave out a really great performance, she pretty much saved the film whilst Rob Corddry tried to destroy it. The film was too chattering as well, it relied too much on the dialogues and not enough action; characters all behaved in an unrealistic way, I didn't crack a single laugh at once. Well, I suppose for a low budget film you really cannot do much but to utilise what you've got. If you are into something like disaster movie or epic movie but without any references then you should watch this.
September 5, 2013
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