The Movie: The Baby (1973)
What Is It?: For most of its 85 minutes, this tale of an adult baby and his weirdo family is really hard to assess. The premise is wack-a-doo, but the rather excellent acting from the totally committed cast and the moody direction by seasoned T.V. director Ted Post kind of rule out the possibility that it’s a bad movie. Still, it’s hard to peg as a good movie, because the raw ingredients—a twenty-something man crawling around and cooing like a six-month old, his mother’s hard-to-swallow motivations, his sister’s increasingly strange behavior, a baby-sitter who gets a little too into Baby’s urge to breastfeed—seem to sound the “bad movie” alarm. The Baby doesn’t divulge its true quality until its final reel, which reveals a completely unexpected twist that is— no exaggeration— brilliant.
Why Today?: On this day in 2013, director Ted Post dies.