Shiva Baby, a comedy film by first time director Emma Seligman, is about a girl named Danielle who is forced to go to a Jewish funeral. The film stars Rachel Sennott in her first starring role. The film focuses on the awkward interactions between everyone who attends the funeral. This includes Rachel trying to hold it together when dealing with her parents, trying not to get into any fights with her ex-girlfriend, and hiding her relationship with her sugar-daddy. As this makes for a very interesting plot, this is one of the funniest films from the last couple of years.
The film was made made on a low budget of $225,000 and received acclaim at the festivals where it was shown and premiered. The script is excellent and has amusing and complex characters. Shiva Baby was shot in mostly one location, which is why the film is so dialogue heavy. This is easily one of the best films of the year thus far and is a must see. Films like this are examples of how young, up and coming film makers can make movies with not many resources and should serve as a type of inspiration. Shiva Baby scores a 9/10 on the MF Scale.