Experience joy and happiness at its purest in this life-affirming, universal celebration of the magic and innocence of Babies. Proving that if you surround your baby with love it doesn’t matter what culture you’re from or what child-rearing practices you follow. Babies travels the globe following four children from vastly different corners of the world—Ponijao from Namibia, Bayarjargal from Mongolia, Mari from Tokyo and Hattie from San Francisco. Sure to put a smile on your face and a warm feeling in your heart, it’s the film that critics and audiences agree “could be the feel-good movie of the decade!” (Moviefone)
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I watched this for the first time when I was expecting my first child, then again with my first child (then four-years-old) when I was expecting my second. My four-year-old loved it. Some parents might be uncomfortable watching this movie with a small child because there is quite a bit of (non-sexual) nudity and some shots of mothers breastfeeding without covering up, but we're comfortable with that stuff in my household, so I didn't think it was a big deal. If you're not as comfortable, preview it before watching with your child.
I watched this for a psych class. Human Growth and Development.
This was perfect.
It compares and contrasts pregnancy, child birth, and child rearing in different cultures.
My own cultural beliefs caused my jaw to drop in some scenes but literally laugh out loud in others.
Seeing how different cultures approach family life is astounding and very interesting. Watching these babies develop was fun. I think I watched I three times!
If you are looking for action and adventure....move along. If you like a cute and interesting presentation of what might otherwise be considered mundane, grab you popcorn. I enjoyed it for what it is...an informational documentary.
The movie wasn't totally what I was expecting, because there was no narration at all. It was basically just switching through clips of four babies as they had similar and different experiences during their first year of life. Honestly, without any commentary I sometimes found the movie to be a little slow, and kind of pointless. Maybe they could have talked with the moms about the different things that they were doing or experiencing, or how their cultures influenced what they were doing, etc. That would have been more interesting.
Overall, though, it was a pleasant movie. We laughed at several parts. There were also many interesting contrasts among the experiences of the children, at the various stages, so it was fun to notice those things. The American girl's experiences often seemed somewhat atypical, so it did make me wonder if the other children's experiences were typical for their cultures. Who knows. It doesn't really matter, I guess, because all cultures probably have quite a bit of variation in how they do things.
So, I'm not rushing out to buy a copy of this movie to keep and re-watch forever, but we enjoyed a nice evening watching it, and it was worth seeing once. I know babies like to watch other babies, so if you have a baby, they will probably enjoy watching it.