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Dead Babies (2000)

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

Director:

William Marsh

Writers:

Martin Amis (novel), William Marsh
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Bettany ... Quentin
Katy Carmichael Katy Carmichael ... Lucy Littlejohn
Hayley Carr ... Roxanne
Charlie Condou ... Giles
Alexandra Gilbreath ... Cecilia
William Marsh William Marsh ... Marvel
Kris Marshall ... Skip
Andy Nyman ... Keith
Cristian Solimeno ... Andy
Olivia Williams ... Diana
David Soloman David Soloman ... Doctor
Lane Lesley Lane Lesley ... Sister
Ashley Portland Ashley Portland ... Orderly
Ann Stewart Ann Stewart ... Nurse
Ambrose Ambrose ... Patient
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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 ...

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Never Turn On Your Friends. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

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Rated R for sexuality, drug content, language and violence | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 September 2000 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Mood Swingers See more »

Filming Locations:

Hertfordshire, England, UK

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Based on Martin Amis' novel "Dead Babies." For U.S. release, the name was changed to "Mood Swingers." 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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Low point of modern Brit film
28 January 2003 | by lb20See 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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