SXSW Film Review: Infinity Baby



SXSW Film Review:

Infinity Baby

by Trish Connelly

Set in the not-so-distant future comes Infinity Baby, a company initiated by Neo (Nick Offerman) where infants perpetually stay infants due to a genetic modification in their DNA. Less a question of how these babies came to be and the scientific explanation behind them, infinity babies are presented similar to the latest gadget on the market and stripped of their humane characteristics; infinitely easier to take care of than any other sentient being, substituting crying for cooing, only needing a diaper change once a week and never having to leave the nest. After a struggling sell with a prospective mother, Malcolm (Martin Starr) and Larry (Kevin Corrigan) decide to keep one of the babies (and the $20,000) without telling anyone. When taking care of their undemanding new member of the family becomes even too much for them after a mere few weeks, they run into a serious and surprising predicament forcing them to make some important decisions. Another colleague of Infinity Baby, Ben (Kieran Culkin) juggles a series of continual short term relationships with women on the side, eventually breaking things off and blaming his mother’s distaste for them as the reason for the relationship’s decline.


Full of infinity-baby adults, the film runs the gamut of characters making stubborn and self-centered life choices, consistently having their own best interest at heart and never wanting to grow up, yet always with a laugh thanks to Byington’s emblematic deadpan and dry humor. Infinity Baby maintains parallels with Byington’s previous work (Somebody Up There Likes Me’s magical suitcase that keeps whoever opens it endlessly young) but takes a deeper look by insert greater dimension into his characters as well as questions the absurdity of staying youthful forever. Infinity Baby’s outlook on our generation’s non-committal leanings when it comes to having children or a long-term relationship getting in the way of an accomplished career are simultaneously contrasted with Alison (Trieste Kelly Dunn)’s personality; bubbling, perky and refusing to take anything or anyone seriously, yet is dead set on starting a traditional family with the ultimate fantasy of waking up in the morning to a husband and children. While many of the characters are initially stunted in their maturation, Infinity Baby shines a light on our ultimate strive for change and how at some point in our lives we eventually make a conscious choice to grow up from the drugs, the parties, and going out clubbing dressed as a vampire.


Trish Connelly is the Austin-based guru who does booking and promoting at Cheer Up Charlies under The Nothing Song. She’s always down to collaborate and plan a show or event in town. She’s an expert with mixtapes (for all musicians out there you’ll want to send her your stuff!), and making connections with the cool kids. You can follow her on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.


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