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Kestrin Pantera was like many of us: too busy being awesome and enjoying a successful, fun- and love-filled life to even think about having a baby. Her well-intentioned husband wanted to start building their family, while she worried becoming a mother would prevent her from checking a big career goal off her list: making a movie.
Pantera got an extension, of sorts, from her husband, and decided that before she made a baby, she would make a film about a couple who is debating whether to start a family as they disembark on a cross country tour in a mobile karaoke bar housed in a customized RV. (The couple owns RVIP Lounge, a mobile karaoke bar in real-life.)
She cast herself and her husband, Jonathan Grubb, in the film and set off in her RV to make the film—only to discover she was pregnant in real-life. (How's that for life imitating art imitating life?!)
The resulting film, Let's Ruin It With Babies, closely aligns with Pantera's reality, heightened for dramatic effect. In the trailer, her character, Channing says to her husband, Chaz in the trailer: "Ever since we decided to have a baby it's been like a countdown to, like, my death." A sentiment that will likely hit pretty close to home for female viewers.
Which is what makes Let's Ruin It With Babies so appealing. Pantera's character isn't just concerned with slowing her career—an oft-repeated theme in the countless "women having it all" trend stories—she also worries about having to give up smaller, but still important things like reckless, drunken nights out with her girlfriends.
Let's Ruin It With Babies opens in LA January 31 at the Arena Theater, and will also screen in San Francisco, Oakland and Austin. It is also available nationwide now on video-on-demand.
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