Director: Neil Labute; Cast: Aaron Eckhart, Kate Hudson, and Bud Cort; Cinematography by John Seale A.S.C; Music by Michael Penn; Produced by Scott Rudin.
There are two things in the world that don’t get associated enough—ovens and pregnancy. And, this is surprising. Because when it comes to pregnancy, almost all things are associated—biology, body position, pants. And so it’s surprising that not until now has a filmmaker been daring enough to make the now-obvious leap between how often and close a pregnant woman stands to an oven, and, how hot her baby’s going to turn out, literally.
Neil Labute’s first installment in what he’s now calling the Buns Are for Hot Dogs series, Baby on Fire—which I reviewed here—featured a baby emerging from the womb in flames. That film focused on the flames’ repercussions—a burning baby means a whole new kind of crib, lots of lotion, special diapers, all kinds of headwear, early teething, muddled first words, possible socialization issues, predispositions, roaring fevers, and myriad emotional challenges to the new parents during such a charged, sleepless, and sensitive time.
Baby on Fire left many critics scratching their heads.
In the Rialto Daily, Chet Ner wrote, “In Baby on Fire, really what happened is the two parents sat around talking about what to do while the baby burned in the corner. It was like one of those fake gas fireplaces they have at the Hampton Inn—the flames are there but the so-called ‘logs’ never burn down. Why didn’t that baby burn? And why’d it get those flames in the first place?”