The premise has become a familiar one in indie rom-coms of the last few years: A gay couple asks someone of the opposite sex, sometimes their best friend, to have a baby with them. Conflicting emotions, wacky misunderstandings, and personal revelations ensue. There was The Kids Are All Right in 2010, and Gayby in 2012, and now there’s Nasty Baby, starring Kristen Wiig as the best friend, alongside writer-director Sebastián Silva and actor (and TV on the Radio lead singer) Tunde Adebimpe as the gay couple.
Not that Nasty Baby is without its twists. The trailer soon takes an unexpected dark turn with the entry of the leafblower-wielding The Bishop (Reg E. Cathey) and another character played by Arrested Development’s Alia Shawkat. The trailer doesn’t really explain how those characters fit in, but based on reviews from the movie’s Sundance premiere earlier this year, it appears that the film does indeed get weird. So weird, in fact, that, according to Silva, the Toronto Film Festival told him that they would seriously consider Nasty Baby “if [he] changed the third act of the film.”
Since leaving SNL, Wiig has made some interesting choices in her movie career, playing a variety of weird, dark characters in movies as varied as Bridesmaids, the Alice Munro adapatation Hateship Loveship, Welcome to Me, and, most recently, Diary of a Teenage Girl. Nasty Baby is set for theatrical release in the U.S. on Oct. 23, and when it comes this way, I’m curious to find out how Wiig will surprise us next.*
Correction, Aug. 27, 2015: This post originally misstated that Nasty Baby does not have a U.S. release date.