Clint Eastwood's latest movie, American Sniper
, is in theaters now and getting lots of attention: Some think the sad (true) story of Chris Kyle, America's deadliest sniper, is a total Oscar lock; others think it's jingoistic flag-waving. America! We all have opinions! Big tent, melting pot, etc. etc.
One thing everyone can agree on, however? That is a freaking rubber doll that Bradley Cooper is awkwardly jiggling around in the scene below, not
an actual infant and not even a decent counterfeit. Our reviewer Patrick Cooper didn't like the film much at all (/understatement) – see "With 'American Sniper,' Clint Eastwood may as well be talking to a chair
," Dec. 24 – but the fake baby was the final straw for him:
"The most egregious evidence of Eastwood's aloofness is the goddamn rubber baby. There's a scene in which Kyle is holding his new child, and it's so obviously a rubber doll that the effect is almost grotesque. Just as he did with Leo's hideous old-man makeup in J. Edgar, Eastwood doesn't seemed concerned by details like this that can take the audience completely out of the film."
As the YouTube uploader put it, "Not sure if Clint just skimped on the budget or didn't trust Cooper with a real baby, but this 'straight from Toys R' Us doll' is painfully obvious." Judge for yourself: