This movie is uncomfortably hilarious, and I loved every second of it. The debut film of writer/director Emma Seligman, Shiva Baby is a hysterically relatable anxiety nightmare. Following Danielle, played brilliantly by Rachel Sennott, as she goes through her relative’s shiva feeling absolutely mortifying, with everyone from overbearing family members, jilted ex’s, and surprise sugar daddies pop out the woodwork. The film feels claustrophobic, as you feel trapped alongside her, probably reminding you of particularly miserable Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. You rarely find a film so uncomfortable and incredibly funny, and Shiva Baby succeeds at both.
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