Choosing a name for your baby is one of those things, isn't it? It can divide couples, attract family and public ridicule, and lead to nine months of agonising on the part of expectant couples. (In fact, in the case of my second baby, it was a little more than nine months, as he went nameless for a week after his birth till we settled on just the right name for him.)
A new French movie exploits the baby-naming dilemma to the hilt.
What's in a Name? (Le Prenom) is a living-room comedy that looks at what happens when a couple chooses a baby name that manages to offend everybody.
Father-to-be Vincent attends a dinner party at the stylish Paris apartment of his sister Elisabeth, along with her academic husband Pierre and his friend Claude. While they wait for Vincent's pregnant wife, Anna, to arrive, the conversation turns to baby names. When Vincent announces his and Anna's choice, the scandalous name plunges the evening -- and Vincent's family -- into turmoil.
I've yet to see What's in a Name?, but it comes with strong reviews from its overseas screenings. It was a box office smash in France, and has been widely praised for its wit and strong cast. Based on a stage play of the same name, it also features lots of clever, rapid-fire dialogue.
Given its subject matter, expectant and recent parents are a perfect audience for What's in a Name?, so Palace Centro Cinema has decided to feature it at their upcoming Babes in Arms screening on Thursday 25 July.
If you haven't been to Babes in Arms before, these screenings are designed to get you out of the house to see a decent movie without having to book a babysitter.
The movie starts at 11am (enough time to get everybody ready), and costs only $10 for adults (free for kids 3 and under). Sound levels and lights are set lower so as not to upset littlies, and, best of all, nobody minds if your kids act like kids (no 'shooshing' here). Both the Palace Centro and the Palace Barracks have weekly Babes in Arms screenings. What's in a Name? will also have a general release season, but there'll be only one Babes in Arms screening of the movie, so put it in the diary now if you want to head along. Palace Cinemas have provided three double passes to give away to the Babes in Arms screening of What's in a Name? on 25 July.
To go in the draw for one of the passes, email email@example.com with 'Babes in Arms' in the subject line. Please provide your name and phone number, and tell me which cinema is hosting the Babes in Arms session of the film. Entries must be received by 6pm Saturday 20 July.