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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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Lucy Littlejohn
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Roxanne
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Diana
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A group of wealthy bohemians clash with each other as they're targeted by a gang of murderers. Upper class bohemian Giles (Charlie Condou), whose biggest worry in life seems to be the state of his teeth, has inherited a large estate from his family, and one weekend he invites large group of friends to join him for a weekend of drug-fueled debauchery. Ennui-stricken Cecilia (Olivia Williams), her hulking boyfriend Andy (Christian Solimeno), high-strung Quentin (Paul Bettany), his spouse Cecilia (Alexandra Gilbreath), hygiene-challenged Keith (Andy Nyman), unstable Skip (Kris Marshall), man-hungry Roxanne (Hayley Carr), drug-dealing Marvel (William Marsh), and Lucy (Katy Carmichael), who has been involved with most of the men in attendance, all settle in for a few days of conversation, free love, and good not-so-clean fun. But the revelers are unaware that the Conceptualists, a murderous terrorist organization, have staked out the mansion, and soon they're receiving messages from ... Written by lament

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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 »

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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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Low point of modern Brit film
28 January 2003 | by See all my reviews

A terrible storyline (Amis at his worst), pointless and self-conscious 'decadence', obvious shock tactics and patchy acting make this film (rather like "Rancid Aluminium") embody everything that went wrong with the much-vaunted British film revival. The humour is, at best, limp, and the pretentiousness of the whole set-up (including some kind of "internet terrorist group" - ooh, how contemporary) really begins to grate.

Final summary - a half-baked attempt to be 'edgy' that does no-one any favours. Still, it's always a pleasure to see Katy Carmichael on screen...


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