Ann Gentry (Anjanette Comer), a social worker who recently lost her husband in an accident, investigates the strange Wadsworth family – the frequently inebriated domineering mother (Ruth Roman), sexed-up grown daughters Germaine (Marianna Hill) and Alba (Susanne Zenor) and a diaper-clad, bottle-sucking baby.
This might not seem unusual . . . except the baby boy is a mentally challenged 21-year-old adult male (David Manzy) who is treated like a baby, dressed in diapers and sleeping in a crib.
Ann is a basket case in no shape to deal with something as troubling as Baby’s home life, yet she verges on obsession – with the filmmakers doing a good job of implying that her interest in Baby is deviant until revealing a secret about her during the over-the-top climax.
As a twisted psychological drama, The Baby is extremely disturbing even though the premise is far-fetched and totally implausible. The unpredictable twist at the end has to be seen to be believed.
Beatrice Manley Blau