Pregnancy Truth Bomb Drops in SXSW Sensation ‘Babes’ – All Thanks to a Shower Vision!

After the gritty “Road House” showcase on Friday, the SXSW curators took a different turn on Saturday by unveiling the world premiere of the hilarious yet heartfelt film, “Babes.” This movie marks the directorial debut for Pamela Adlon, renowned for her acclaimed series “Better Things,” and is a collaborative work with Ilana Glazer from “Broad City,” who not only co-wrote and produced the film but also stars in it.

The film, set to be distributed by Neon later this spring, features Glazer as Eden, a woman who becomes pregnant after a fleeting yet passionate affair and decides to raise the child independently. Throughout her pregnancy, she relies heavily on her oldest friend Dawn (played by Michelle Buteau), a married woman with two young children.

At times, the film exhibits a similar unorthodox, audacious vibe as “Broad City,” but it also portrays the raw realities of pregnancy — encompassing its beauty and biological messiness — in a way few films have done before. The movie strikes a balance between warm sentimentality and unfiltered honesty.

Post the SXSW screening, Glazer, Adlon, and Buteau, along with co-writer and producer Josh Rabinowitz, who makes a brief appearance in the film as a waiter grappling with Buteau’s character going into labor at his table, participated in a Q&A session.

According to Glazer, the concept for the movie came from a “shower vision” of fellow producer Susie Fox, who also had two young kids when both Glazer and Rabinowitz’s wife were pregnant. “We found ourselves intrigued by how our friendships evolved during this time,” said Glazer. “That’s how we began organizing our thoughts for the movie.”

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Adlon humorously noted that she got involved in the project once “Better Things” ended. “Either I was finished with it, or it got canceled — one of the two,” she quipped.

Adlon expressed her desire for her own kids to watch the movie. “This movie is suitable for all ages,” she asserted. “I understand we’re in Texas, but it’s a big state.”

She further shared her interest in the film’s exploration of friendship dynamics. “It’s about how life changes when someone gets a partner or a child, or maybe another child, and how others might not be at that stage yet,” Adlon explained. “There’s a line when [Glazer’s character] says, ‘Best friends get so screwed over in real life’ — that’s very real.”

Buteau, who recently saw her own show, “Survival of the Thickest,” renewed for a second season on Netflix, likened her collaboration with Adlon and Glazer to “being Beyonce and Usher at a Super Bowl: destined for success.”

Adlon touched upon the combination of physical humor and emotional complexity in the film.

“It’s raw,” Adlon declared. “We see this unfiltered reality in men’s comedies, but we weren’t trying to be provocative. We can do what the guys do, but it’s crucial because we women, especially as mothers, find humor in the darkest and scariest situations. Often, doctors don’t fully disclose what you’re going through. It’s such a beautiful and emotional thing — it makes me tear up. That’s the essence of female friendships. It’s genuine.”

An audience member asked for advice for budding stand-up comedians.

“Do we have enough time for a complete workshop?” Buteau joked before sharing some practical advice. “Don’t limit yourself before anyone else does. Keep writing. Get comfortable with rejection. If you get a chuckle in one room, that could turn into a laugh in another. Don’t compare your journey to others’ because it will lead you nowhere. You’re only competing with yourself. Are you taking notes?”

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Glazer responded, “I could use those pointers.”

Another question asked Adlon about her inspiration in exploring intimacy and the female experience.

“I’m drawn to human interactions,” Adlon shared. “I enjoy delving into darker, edgier matters, but they must have a heart. I like pushing boundaries and making people uncomfortable, only to then provide a release with heartfelt moments and a sense of hope. It’s all about transitions, human interactions, and the way I perceive things. I’m elated that you all showed up. We truly love the movie and are incredibly grateful.”

Addressing SXSW festival head Claudette Godfrey, who was moderating the Q&A, Adlon added, “I was trying to conclude it for you.”

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