Zero Population Growth (1972)
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as Carole McNeil
as Baby Shop Salesman
as Edna Borden
as Baby Shop Father and Mother
as Dr. Herrick
as Dr. Mary Herrick
as Edict Doctor
as Dr. Mallory
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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.
A potentially intriguing idea for a science fiction film unfortunately is dealt with in a shallow manner here.
similar to soylent green or logan's run. classic 70's scifi depiction of "the future". not fantastic, but good.
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