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ZPG: Zero Population Growth

ZPG: Zero Population Growth (1972)

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Release Date: May 25, 1972 Wide

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This provocative sci-fi outing is set in an over-populated, horribly polluted 21st century where child-bearing has become illegal. To help ease the tension and stress caused by not procreating, married couples use robot dolls to substitute for children. One couple decides to break the law and have a real baby in secret. Unfortunately, their neighbors find out and demand that the couple share the baby with them. The other couple does so, but finds that the neighbors get too attached to the

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Jun 3, 2008

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Oliver Reed goes through the entire motion picture with a permanent scowl which implies that he is either severely constipated or pissed off with his agent for letting him star in a piece of B-movie crud like this . . .

November 27, 2008 Full Review Source: Sci-Fi Movie Page
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In the future, the government bans child birth for thirty years under penalty of death because of the strain the soaring population is putting on the planet's thinning resources and more importantly of children crying in movie theatres. In return, couples can buy lifelike dolls but Carol(Geraldine Chaplin) wants nothing to do with them. In addition, she is having trouble sleeping and is not having sex with her husband George(Oliver Reed). In the end, she figures there is only one thing to do...

"Zero Population Growth" is a severely dated movie with supbar special effects and a miscast Oliver Reed whose demeanor is less emotionless than wanting to pounce on anything that moves. To be fair, overpopulation is not the problem it once was(I still think it's selfish for any couple to have more than two children), even though we cannot relax with an environmental reckoning on the horizon. In any case, the movie assumes that happiness can only come from having kids, as it is also set partially around Christmas.(Hint! Hint!) Strangely enough, it might have anticipated the internet with its remote shopping and computerized research library.
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