By: Henry J. Fromage (Three Beers) –
The Children’s Hospital Adult Swim show has proven to be a good incubator for comedy, with vets like Rob Corddry, Leslie Bibb, Paul Scheer, Rob Huebel among many, many other cast members and guest stars (like Keegan Michael Key) bringing their off-kilter comedy stylings to the parody hospital show.
The end result is that these folks are popping up all over the place in each other’s comedies and all of those named show up in this one. On the (possible) downside, Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant co-star (good) and write (bad, considering they literally wrote The Book on hack-for-hire screenwriting). What wins out?
Pictured: The Book
Hell Baby is a horror spoof on Rosemary’s Baby primarily, in which a pregnant couple (Corddry and Bibb) buy a fixer-upper that is haunted of course, plus the baby’s a demon or something. Honestly, the plot’s pretty much the least important thing in this.
The most important thing is that the movie makes you laugh, and Hell Baby certainly does that. This isn’t ground-breaking humor, and there’s plenty of dumb funny moments, but there’s obvious a far greater level of effort present here than earlier this year in A Haunted House/Scary Movie 5 (not that that’s saying much), and the proof is in the pudding.
Keegan Michael Key, as he is wont to do, absolutely steals the show as the entirely nonchalant home invader/crawl space occupier/neighborhood wise man, and Scheer & Huebel’s cop duo are hilarious, even more so when they team up with Lennon and Garant’s exorcist duo. Oh, and there’s plenty of nudity.
Just not all of it might be your type
Did I mention that this humor is dumb? Yeah, it’s pretty dumb, but any fan of Reno 911 or Children’s Hospital should find it a pretty agreeable flavor of dumb. Oh, and when I said the plot didn’t matter, I wasn’t just referring to the viewer. Lennon & Garant obviously couldn’t care less, so things are pretty aimless as far as story goes.
The accents that Lennon and Garant sport as two Vatican-sanctioned exorcists get old pretty fast. I’m not even sure what they were attempting, as they vacillate between like three different lazy stereotypes randomly.
Especially if you’re a fan of any of these folks previous work, this is an amusing flick to turn off your brain to for 90 minutes.
Take a Drink: for every “scare”
Take a Drink: when it’s eatin’ time
Take a Drink: every time the lamp shocks somebody
Take a Drink: whenever witch Gollum shows up
Do a Shot: for every recognizable comic you see