DVD City Baby

DVD City Baby
DVD City Baby

Run time: 88 min
Rating: 4.1
Genres: Comedy | Drama
Director: David F. Morgan
Writers: Cora Benesh, David F. Morgan
Stars: Cora Benesh, Jillian Leigh, Richard Keith
Between her best friend moving to Brooklyn, pressure to find employment from her pop (Daniel Baldwin), and juggling romances with an aging rocker boyfriend and a yuppie fling – Cloey is reluctantly plucked from her party girl reality to deal with her own set of common people dilemmas and accomplishments. Scattered with cameos from musicians like Stephen Malkmus (Pavement), live performances by Glass Candy and Starfucker and a soundtrack featuring all local bands, ‘City Baby’ documents the youth utopia of Portland Oregon, revolving through the lives of a few sexy, style-conscious kids surviving extreme love affairs and complicated friendships. Written by Anonymous
Plot Keywords: rocker, moving, party, yuppie, band
Country: USA
Release Date: 2 March 2013 (USA)
Box Office
Budget: $50,000 (estimated)


  1. As US Indies go, this one's cup is certainly more half empty than full. Sure, not a terrible first effort, but really nothing here you won't see much better in many a student film. The problems really begin with the lead actor, the very beautiful but completely underwhelming Cora Benesh. A performance so lame you have to wonder what the director was thinking in casting her. Are people in Portland really this mindless or is she just someone David Morgan managed to get within his meager budget. And then there's the meandering story without any substance whatsoever. It leaves you wondering what the point was in making the movie. I saw City Baby at Dances with Films in Los Angeles. It didn't catch much fire there either, but I guess it will need to screen at more established festivals before it finds its way or not.

  2. I really enjoyed this film. Interestingly, I think for the same reasons some of the other reviewers here did not. The characters seemed all intentionally unlikable – yet they were interesting – at least to me. Also, it was not a heavily plotted film, but more of a slice of life. Personally, I enjoy watching films that are not so heavily plotted but are more like a small window into a world that we get to peek into for a little while. And here, form seems to follow function. In other words, the story just kind of meanders along as do the characters in the film. So, for me, the "structure" of the story – or rather lack there of – really suits the subject matter and theme of this film, which is a group of lost twenty somethings aimlessly drifting about their lives. I also feel that the director did a great job setting the mood and tone of the story – the music, the art direction, the lighting and camera work were all really cohesive and gave me a good feel of the world that these characters inhabit. I've never been to Portland, but the attitude felt a lot like my hometown. Everyone wanted to go to New York too – really just for the sake of going. If you left the small town to go to the big city, that was an accomplishment in itself. I get that from these characters here – but their real problem is that they have no real goals or any true intention to achieve them. I think the intention of the film is to cast a light on a lazy, aimless generation that expects everything for nothing and Cora Benesh's character and performance capture this attitude perfectly.

  3. I know I've seen a good film when it leaves me wanting more when it's over. That's "City Baby." I'd love to see more of Cloey and Paige. I had the pleasure of interviewing the actresses behind those characters, Cora Benesh and Jillian Leigh, and they could not have been any cooler or fun. I love a good indie film and this is definitely one. I want to have a beer with this movie (and Cora and Jillian). I would love to see them in another project together. Daniel Baldwin is great in his few scenes too. There's some good improv, music, and attitude to this film. So watch the movie and read the interview here! http://thedodgy.com/2014/04/25/city-babes/

  4. I know David Morgan and Cora Benesh. They are friends of mine. I rarely go to my friends screenings, because it is not healthy for our friendship 19 out of 20 times. (Not kidding about this) This was the one exception. This film is a small indie that is actually about something; it actually has a storyline that is both comic and poignant — and it's well told by the writer/director, David Morgan. This film parades Portland talent like no other. The casting by the producers, including Timothy Whitcomb, was exceptional. I am a voting member of the Academy and am sent all the top films every year, so I watch films until I am blue in the face — but this one worked. I have seen it twice now. No car chases, no slashing, no zombies or vampires, just astute minds at work. Take a look, if you like small indie films without name talent that soars high above the usual crap that is out there. If you aspire to make a good film with a small budget that is actually distributed, let this film be a source of support. It can be done.

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