• Kieran Burt

Babyteeth (2019) Review

Babyteeth is a comedy drama focusing on Milla (Eliza Scanlen) and her relationship with Moses (Toby Wallace), which is both the core of the film and the main driving force for the plot. Milla's parents both disagree with it - because Moses is both over 18 and a drug dealer.

This film isn't comedic, and is more of a straight drama. While this is not bad in and of itself, being advertised as a comedy gives the audience the wrong impression and leaves them disappointed by the end.

Babyteeth is also self-indulgent at points. While revelling in its art and music is fun at times, there are points where it becomes tedious. The film has a total run time of two hours, which is half an hour too long for its story. There are multiple points where things just come to a stop, which is not good for pacing nor plot.

Certain scenes do hit home emotionally yet they are ultimately few and far between.

The characters in the film are underwhelming. A lot of time is spent with Milla and Moses, but this doesn't automatically mean the audience will form an attachment. It also means a lot of the side characters feel unnecessary.

Certain scenes do hit home emotionally - including one very memorable moment featuring Milla's father, Henry (Ben Mendelsohn), late on - yet they are ultimately few and far between.

Overall, Babyteeth is an okay watch, though its run time and lack of humour mean that it is not one to rewatch. The lack of likeable characters that the audience can get attached to also harms the film and its rewatchability. At the same time, however, it is not an absolutely terrible film.