Directed by: Bailey Kobe
Starring: Shaun Sipos, Julie McNiven, Jessica Camacho, Michael Steger, Michael DeLorenzo, Kelly Perine and Mark DeCarlo
Before watching the film “The Babymoon”, I looked up the meaning of the word in the Urban Dictionary. Babymoon is a relaxing vacation taken parents in the period before a baby is born. It’s like a honeymoon a couple takes because after the baby is born the mother will not get to do such things due to the responsibility of having a baby. ‘Where was this babymoon vacation right before I had my mine?’ I began to wonder but then quickly remembered how little money we were making at the time and decided the fact that there was a pool at the apartment complex in Atlanta where we lived was as good as things got for us and let it lie. So, a babymoon trip should bring a couple close together and truly bond the parents-to-be as they realize what’s about to happen and what’s at stake; and they cement their agreement to bring a child into the world and raise it in the best way possible.
The couple in this film is Trace and Hanna who are played by Shaun Sipos and Julie McNiven. Interestingly enough, McNiven is married to actor Michael Blackman Beck, who plays the “Green Peas” character, Preston in the film. Hopefully when McNiven and Beck weren’t on set they found some time for themselves and enjoyed the beautiful locations this film was shot. She isn’t having much fun with her on-screen husband so hopefully Beck made up for it. Perhaps they ended up having a working babymoon? I digress. Trace is a reality television star who desperately wants to be the next Brad Pitt. He looks enough like him but has had little opportunity to shine. On their vacation to Cartegentina, he spots Fabrice (DeCarlo), a famous producer who has gotten fame for not so spectacular shows. He anchors his television programs to those with better ratings banking on the fact that an audience will not flip and rather than turn the channel they’ll stay and watch the lineup and he’ll create a following. Believe it or not, it’s working and Trace is well aware of that fact so, he figures he’ll try and do the same thing. When he has his ear he tells him he’s an actor and sadly for Trace, Fabrice recognizes the hack reality star. What happens next isn’t pretty. Dejected by Fabrice and by Hanna, who has had enough of his constant need for attention and getting it, he finds himself following a fan out into the beautiful night, where he is then kidnapped.
Little did the couple know when they booked their trip but rebels are rising up against the oppression of their government in Cartegentina and want attention given to their plight; famous, even semi-famous, face should benefit their cause. Being that they’re not well versed in the taking of a person against their will, things don’t go quite to plan with the Three Stooges of the resistance but this is where the true comedy of the movie comes into play. The script can be heavy at times but when Trace is kidnapped the movie becomes quite humorous. The film doesn’t know exactly what it wants to be but if one isn’t so serious about the story involving the couple, it’s entertaining and writer/director Kobe does a fair job of keeping you engaged. McNiven and Sipos lacked chemistry and much of the dialogue between the two was haggard and worn but apart from them, The Babymoon is a witty little picture. It had several kooky characters and situational moments that worked despite the script. I’d like to see Kobe improve his dialogue to make it flow more naturally and direct the actors as much as the action; most were dropping their accent so often it was hard to remember who was a guest of the country and who was a native but given time I can see he’ll grow into the director he’s trying to be… he’s just not there quite yet.