So Hell Baby is not, exactly, this year’s Sex, Lies, and Videotape. It is, however, a small triumph of independence. Co-stars Lennon and Garant are famous screenwriters who worked on numerous studio-driven products like Night at the Museum and Herbie: Fully Loaded. They even wrote a book on how to work within the studio system and make a living as a screenwriter, as opposed to most books, which focus on how to write a well-structured script in an industry vacuum. They are used to working with ridiculous studio notes and producing aggressively mainstream product. Hell Baby, although it’s certainly a commercial piece of broad entertainment, is the first film they have actually produced on their own terms, writing and directing it together. It would be an exaggeration to say that it’s the next Blazing Saddles or anything, but it’s fair to call it a genuinely hilarious farce.
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