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Dead Babies (2000)

Residents prime themselves for both a visit from three Americans and a weekend of copious decadence.

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Quentin
Katy Carmichael ...
Lucy Littlejohn
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Roxanne
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Giles
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Cecilia
William Marsh ...
Marvel
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Skip
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Keith
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Andy
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Diana
David Soloman ...
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Lane Lesley ...
Sister
Ashley Portland ...
Orderly
Ann Stewart ...
Nurse
Ambrose ...
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Residents prime themselves for both a visit from three Americans and a weekend of copious decadence.

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Rated R for sexuality, drug content, language and violence | See all certifications »
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8 September 2000 (Germany)  »

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Mood Swingers  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Based on Martin Amis' novel "Dead Babies", understandably this went through a name change for its Stateside release, being called "Mood Swingers" instead. See more »

Goofs

When Keith is shown playing a video game (just prior to being the "drug tester"), he is holding a PlayStation 2 controller. However, the game clip shown is actually of the Nintendo 64 game "Perfect Dark". See more »

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An excellent adaptation of one of the best Amis novels.
24 March 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Having been an avid Martin Amis fan for many years I was understandably excited when this film came out. Although I never caught it at the cinema, indeed, I didn't know it existed until it was on television two or so years ago.

The most important aspects of a film adaptation are present: the characters stayed true to those in the book, no vital points were missed out and the director took the same perspective on life and the book as Amis did.

If the Marquis de Sade were to crash one of P. G. Wodehouse's house parties, the chaos might resemble the nightmarishly funny goings-on in this film. The residents of Appleseed Rectory have primed themselves both for a visit from a triad of Americans and a weekend of copious drug taking and sexual gymnastics. There's even a heifer to be slugged. But none of these variously bright and dull young things has counted on the intrusion of "dead babies". Or on the uninvited presence of a mysterious prankster named Johnny, whose sinister idea of fun makes theirs look like a game of backgammon

I fear the author of the previous review assumed that this film would be a cheap horror, as I'm sure many people have owing to the somewhat dubious title. However, the term 'dead babies' was used in the book to mean 'dreary spasms of reality', the unpleasant facts of life that invariably must be dealt with sooner or later, and thus I can use this review as a platform to ward away hammer horror fans.

Instead rent or buy this movie if you want an ingenious dark comedy with a kick. I loved it!


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