- Funny & unique! 12/15/2020 12:00:00 AM by Lexilikes
What NZ does best is modern, clever & whitty comedy! Such a fab movie and super relatable to many! An enjoyable watch with honestly laugh out loud moments! Trust me!
- branching out 1/21/2021 12:00:00 AM by ferguson-6
Greetings again from the darkness. "I don't want to not have a baby." This is just one of the zingers Zoe rattles off during this charming, and often quite funny film from director Curtis Vowell and writer Sophie Henderson. Fellow New Zealander Taika Waititi is an Executive Producer, and his influences are apparent (and always welcome). In a light-hearted way, while still maintaining plenty of heart, the film explores the fear of losing or compromising one's true self when parenthood strikes.
Rose Matafeo delivers a terrific performance as Zoe, a tree-climbing arborist by profession, and a thrill-seeking adventurer by choice. Her partner in life, and in the tree-trimming business and in the thrill seeking, is Tim (Matthew Lewis). They are the type of couple who go to a friend's baby shower and peek into the gender reveal box before dominating the party games. Zoe is fed up with losing friends, and describes the life cycle as "Married, house, baby, done", implying that people aren't the same after having completing these steps and no longer want to hang out with free-wheelers and the unencumbered like her and Tim.
Denial. That's the best description of how Zoe reacts to finding out she's pregnant. Besides not telling Tim (a major relationship gaffe), she continues on with tree-trimming and pursues the "Tree Climbing Championship" she has qualified for (I still wonder if that's really a thing). When Tim and her friend Molly (Emily Barclay) find out about the secret, feelings are hurt and emotions wreak havoc. Comedy is provided through the prenatal/antenatal class instructor, as well as through Zoe's new acquaintance Brian (Nic Sampson) whom she connects with online. See, Nic ... well, he, uh ... has a thing for pregnant women. Not babies, mind you. But pregnant women - which by definition seems to limit the prospects of a long-term relationship.
The always-great Rachel House makes a brief appearance as the headmaster at a local school, and much of what we see is a mess created by pregnant Zoe as she attempts to stay focused on her "bucket list". The film excels at presenting two versions of anxiety with Zoe and Tim, and it's loaded with relatively small moments that are quite relatable - some funny, some more serious. Like it or not, parenthood creates life changes, and the topic benefits from New Zealand wit, and a cast that perfectly complements the sharp and insightful script.
- ok, this was... 1/22/2021 12:00:00 AM by ops-52535
A journey that you have to try out yourself. because this was just the same roller coaster rides i experienced with my wife during 3 pregnancies, with hormonological moodswings and skin deep diving and crazy food habbits,and an obscene tendency to abnormal behaviour and an aversion on overdrive towards surtain smells, like the smell of peanutbutter or nutella/nugatti ( that i had just eaten in a break from the heavy contractions near the water end hole), so its a great film for those who parents are or going to be, and for us elderly that has to use reminiscence mechanisms to feel the deeds or needs again. its a shame that this film has so much potensial that hasnt been used completly due to the rules of perfect playtime in comedies, but whats done are 100%, and the opportunity for a sequel are immens.
having a dive into a swarm of pregnancy films that have hit the market lately, this one is beautiful, full of fun and extremes. its New Zealand made, and the kiwi's hive din ai greit jib. the main female actor are unfortunately just the kind of beauty that attracts me and i didnt realise they had dames looking like that down there, so ms matafeo, youve got a fan. the acting and aideaisjde behaviour up in the tree tops are memorable for sure. i might as well mention that the rest of the cast delivers very well, and a well done job by the casting crew putting together such a dynamical person gallery.
there are a bit swearing and some bare skin here and there, and a little bit of blood , so if you are sensible to that, do make a pass. for the rest do open the baby bottle or beer can or whatever, and enjoy this journey that could be called''the tree of life'' or ''a life living in the treetops when it pops'' or just ''baby done''. i had many good laughs and when sentimental i did feel their sentiments, a great film that i can just recommend
- A charming comedy about parents-to-be 1/24/2021 12:00:00 AM by pauldudleylewis-68458
A charming comedy about a couple coming to terms with pregnancy. It's in the tradition of a screwball comedy that would have starred Katharine Hepburn and Car Grant. Rose Matafeo is excellent with a droll delivery and emotional depth as the wild tree-climbing mother-to-be worried that a child will stunt her adventurous lifestyle. Matthew Lewis shows great leading man quality as the more responsible and gauche father. There's sharp dialogue and many funny scenes in Sophie Henderson's screenplay including an attempt to slide under a toilet door and an awkward threesome. Some of the more slapstick comedy misses the mark because it belongs to a more over-the-top Judd Apatow script but on the whole this is a clever likeable movie.
- Brilliant 1/23/2021 12:00:00 AM by svader
All round great movie. All other good reviews have said it all