Antibirth – Good, Bad & Ugly Review


Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 59% (Critics) / 57% (Audience)
Directed By: Danny Perez
Written By: Danny Perez
Starring: Natasha Lyonne, Chloë Sevigny, Meg Tilly
Studio: Traverse Media
Synopsis: In a desolate community full of drug-addled Marines and rumors of kidnapping, a wild-eyed stoner named Lou wakes up after a wild night of partying with symptoms of a strange illness and recurring visions as she struggles to get a grip on reality while stories of conspiracy spread. – (Source)

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The Good:
God bless Natasha Lyonne because she single-handedly makes this film even the slightest bit watchable. As an actress she is a wellspring of natural charisma and she was able to somehow make this outlandish mess of a movie work as much as it does (and that aint much).

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The Bad:
This movie revels a bit too much in its indie/gonzo bona fides to the point that it is barely a coherent film. Being “out there” and wacky is not enough to overcome an incoherent script and shoddy directing.

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The Ugly:
That ending seemed to come out of nowhere. It was almost like writer/director Danny Perez began shooting this thing with no climax in mind and at the last moment someone threw out an idea that he liked despite it not being tied in any substantial way to anything that came before.

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Final Verdict: This movie is a bit of a gross-out, in your face, sloppy mess that gets saved from total awfulness by a pretty strong Natasha Lyonne performance. She should have been given hazard pay for how much heavy lifting she had to do here.

Grade: D+

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