"Indie comedy 'calling card' that just may open a few doors..."
Made on a shoestring budget and boasting a simplistically sitcom-style story line, "Baby Fat" succeeds through sheer force of well-delivered vulgarity and a handful of young filmmakers who clearly have more talent than they have money.Joey and Gina are a young married couple who decide they'd like to have a baby. But since Gina is horribly afraid of becoming swollen with child, the pair devise a plan: hire a young starving actress to act as a surrogate mother! Of course, nothing goes as planned and the neurotic Italian lovers find themselves in way over their heads.
That's pretty much it, plot-wise. But the filmmakers seem well aware of the fact that their plot structure is pretty skimpy. Basically you're not going to see Baby Fat for any sort of deep insight into the fine art of baby-making. No, what makes this flick a pleasant little indie surprise is the crackling chemistry between lead actor/screenwriter Joshua Nelson and the beautifully bellicose Martene Fallacaro.
The duo inhabit virtually every scene of the film, and they're often screaming at each other, too. And to very humorous effect, more often than not. Nelson has a knack for generating great little quips and slyly-delivered insults, solid gags that are sprinkled throughout the film. I probably would have dismissed Baby Fat as well-intentioned silliness were it not for the surprisingly funny material - and the two actors delivering it.
Just when you think the movie has ventured too far into familiar territory, Nelson or Fallacaro will let loose with a snide comment or turn of phrase that absolutely commands a reaction of well-earned giggles. Baby Fat might not be flashy or polished, but it is pretty damn funny...and that's more than Adam Sandler can say about his last three movies combined.Take a look through the flick's website ( www.babyfatmovie.com ) for a look at the unglamorous life of the hard-working indie filmmaker. Along with his partner, director James Tucker, Joshua Nelson is precisely the sort of doing-it-for-the-love moviemaker we strive to support at this website. "Baby Fat" may be a rough-around-the-edges and no-frills little indie that will never get seen outside of a few film festivals, but we'll take 'sincerely funny' over 'expensive & hollow' any day of the week.