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speaking parts - Jamie Foxx’s volatile and violent criminal, and Baby’s housemate, an elderly, wheelchair-bound deaf man. The former feels like the worst kind of ‘angry black man’ stereotype, while the latter comes off as a gimmick; like a dog in a horror movie, he exists merely to give the audience something to wor- ry about. Things aren’t helped in this regard by Baby’s dream se- quences, which see himself and Debora dressed in the regalia of ‘50s America, a time and place his black neighbors certainly wouldn’t fantasize about. Had Baby himself been played by a black actor, it would have added an extra degree of tension to his predicament (particularly the climactic police chase), and an extra layer of commentary to his relationship with his master, Doc. Wright’s film is a wild road trip through American popular cul- ture, but in ignoring the less sa- vory elements of American cul- ture, it feels like a huge missed opportunity. w Baby Driver 3 ½ stars out of 5 Directed by: Edgar Wright Starring: Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx, Lily James, Jon Hamm, Eiza Gonzalez NJ STAGE 2017 - Vol. 4 No. 6 INDEX NEXT ARTICLE 21