Pretty Baby

Pretty Baby

DVD - 2003
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A photographer obsessed with the prostitutes in New Orleans' red-light district in 1917 is bewitched by a twelve-year-old child prostitute.


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Mar 08, 2018

Yep. When it comes to the likes of 1977's "Pretty Baby" - This one is definitely "the end to the innocence".

As this film's story so gleefully points out - There's nothing like taking away a 12-year-old girl's virginity in order to get her to grow up. Indeed.

In this white-trash, whorehouse soap opera - (director) Louis Malle tries so desperately to turn its gutter-level story into a high-class affair. But - IMO - He fails miserably.

For all of Pretty Baby's sleaze, tackiness, and insensitivity - It actually makes a laughably lame attempt to redeem itself by tacking on an ending that's straight out of Disney's "Cinderella".

And, finally - I seriously wonder just how many paedophiles' wishful fantasies have been instantly fuelled by this film's totally slutty, bottom-of-the-barrel, child-prostitution rubbish.

Apr 05, 2015

Director Louis Malle created a stylized, somewhat romantic, but extremely haunting movie about the last days of New Orleans' Storyville Red Light district. Young Keith Carradine is excellent as an obsessed photographer, who is also obsessed with a highly mature 12-year-old prostitute. Young Susan Sarandon plays her mother. The strength of the movie is the astonishing performance of 12-year-old, gorgeous Brooke Shields in the main role. It's the best thing she ever did. There is nudity involving both Susan Sarandon and young Brooke Shields, which created a major controversy, but despite the subject matter this is not pornography--it's a memorable work of art.


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