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Like a Punch to the Ovaries

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | November 27, 2009 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | November 27, 2009 |

The idea sounds pretty neat for a documentary: follow around four babies from different parts of the world (Namibia, Mongolia, Japan, America) from birth until their first steps. It could be a gleaning of the best parts of the History channel and the Travel channel, highlighting stark contrasts in environment and cultural norms. The trailer, eh, not so much.

It might just be a bad trailer, but the case selection seems suspicious. There are four countries, sure, but it becomes quickly obvious that the contrast is really between “rich urban” and “poor rural” rather than any nuanced observation of culture. It’s the human equivalent of a documentary of puppies: technically it’s about animals, but it’s really about OMG SOOOOOO CUTE!!!

And I’m terrified that the FBI will be knocking on my door after Echelon flags the search for “babies movie” from my address in order to find a header picture.

Steven Lloyd Wilson is the sci-fi and history editor. You can email him here or follow him on Twitter.

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