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Baby Driver (2017)

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After being coerced into working for a crime boss, a young getaway driver finds himself taking part in a heist doomed to fail.

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Edgar Wright

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Edgar Wright
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ansel Elgort ... Baby
Jon Bernthal ... Griff
Jon Hamm ... Buddy
Eiza González ... Darling
Micah Howard ... Barista
Lily James ... Debora
Morgan Brown ... Street Preacher
Kevin Spacey ... Doc
Morse Diggs Morse Diggs ... Morse Diggs
CJ Jones ... Joseph
Sky Ferreira ... Baby's Mom
Lance Palmer Lance Palmer ... Baby's Dad
Hudson Meek ... Young Baby
Viviana Chavez ... Diner Waitress
Hal Whiteside ... Cook
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Storyline

Baby is a young and partially hearing impaired getaway driver who can make any wild move while in motion with the right track playing. It's a critical talent he needs to survive his indentured servitude to the crime boss, Doc, who values his role in his meticulously planned robberies. However, just when Baby thinks he is finally free and clear to have his own life with his new girlfriend, Debora, Doc coerces him back for another job. Now saddled with a crew of thugs too violently unstable to keep to Doc's plans, Baby finds himself and everything he cares for in terrible danger. To survive and escape the coming maelstrom, it will take all of Baby's skill, wits and daring, but even on the best track, can he make it when life is forcing him to face the music? Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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This summer, the only way to get out is to getaway. See more »


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Rated R for violence and language throughout | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

28 June 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$34,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,553,320, 2 July 2017, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$107,825,862, 19 October 2017

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$175,089,495, 20 August 2017
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

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Goofs

(around 6 min.) When Baby and his gang switch from their red car into a green car, the cameraman and a crew member are reflected on the passenger's door upon swinging open. See more »

Quotes

Deborah: Sometimes all I want is to head West on 20 in a car I can't afford, with a plan I don't have, just me, my music, and the road.
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The "ding" in the opening Sony logo turns into the sound of Baby's tinnitus. See more »

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(Steve Miller, Byron Allred)
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A film so in love with itself, it needs its own cinema seat
2 July 2017 | by DeathstrykeSee all my reviews

SPOILER: "Baby Driver" is showy, cliché-ridden and irritatingly self-aware. It's like that yappy drama society kid at college who is so consciously trying to act cool by breaking into song, dancing around chairs, drumming on desks and spitting jokey one-liners with a hand pistol flourish....the kind of person a cynical SOB like me just wants to punch in the throat.

The central premise is about a young, good-at-heart kid forced into a life of crime in order to pay off a debt. The annoyingly slick, Abercrombie-faced "Baby" is not only the fastest getaway driver in Atlanta, we later find out he's also a self-taught music producer, dancer and talented free-runner...are you rolling your eyes yet?

The main mechanic, so lauded by critics, is that everything in the film revolves around music, from the editing to the dialogue. Since Baby is constantly plugged into his i-pod (so, we are told, to drown out tinnitus from a car accident which killed his parents), the film essentially plays like one giant music video, with nearly every gunshot, tire screech and sassy put down edited meticulously with the beats or riffs of whatever track is playing during the sequence.

Unfortunately for me, the songs didn't make what was happening on screen that much more interesting. While there are some splendid car chase sequences (too few in my book), one must endure cringey moments of Baby miming and dancing to James Brown, dull characters waxing poetic about song lyrics and saying cliché bull$hit like "Sometimes all I want to do is head west on the 20 in a car I can't afford with a plan I don't have". Everyone in the film is pretty, none of the gangsters really look like gangsters, least of all the Latina 'Darling', who can't even hold a gun convincingly and is just there to show cleavage and lick her lips at camera.

Imagine the most indulgent ideas from Guy Ritchie and Tarantino's trash bin channeled through a Justin Bieber video. Less style and even less substance.

There are no doubt people who will love it for being a showy piece of nonsense, and there is some entertaining, high impact action, but it's far from the genius some critics are praising it as. I saw it with a group of youngish people who all agreed it wasn't as good as they'd hoped and that some bits were just plain daft.

Leave your brain at home and perhaps you'll be rewarded...


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