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Running Time:
96 minutes

Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
This is an absorbing but uneven drama that's not one of John Sayles' best films, but it's still better than most current American movies


Casa de los Babys
A group of self-absorbed American women bond as they await delivery of babies they are adopting in the unnamed Latin American country. Stuck in a cheap hotel, called by its staff Casa de Los Babys, the women are a born-again Christian (Mary Steenburgen) desperate for a child; a young woman (Maggie Gyllenhall) hoping adoption will save her troubled marriage; a mysterious wealthy woman (Marcia Gay Harden) with significant personal problems; a tough-talking New Yorker (Lili Taylor) who just doesn't want to get pregnant and an Irish emigrant (Susan Lynch) who's attempting to recapture her happy childhood. Over a couple of days, they banter, fight and slowly reveal their innermost secrets and desires. Like all of Sayles' movies ("Lone Star," "Sunshine State"), this film is thoughtful and smart, but it's still one of his lesser efforts. The film is cluttered and slowed down with extraneous stories of the locals that the women run across. The cast is fine throughout, with a particularly outstanding performance from Maggie Gyllenhall ("Secretary"). Sayles has produced some very moving scenes, including a devastating one in which Lynch and a hotel maid talk, at cross purposes, about their dreams and fears. But despite its high points, "Casa de Los Babys" fails to leave a lasting impression






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