Whenever I see a new movie about infertility hit the theaters, I always cringe. I’ve learned not to expect great things from most films about this topic, because the reality of infertility is not so neatly resolved as the sappy and predictable scenarios filmmakers invent.
I wonder, will the director completely disregard medical science and present fertility treatments in an unrealistic way? Or maybe the screenwriter will put the couple through the gamut of different treatments only to have them finally give up and conceive while on a tropical vacation. Because everyone knows that infertile people are really only infertile because they haven’t learned to relax, right?
So, when I saw that “The Babymakers” was premiering this week in theaters nationwide, I must admit I groaned. But after reading more about the film, and watching the trailer, I had to chuckle. From all appearances, this is not a typical infertility movie. This is a screwball buddy movie with infertility thrown in as a plot device.
“The Babymakers” stars Olivia Munn and Paul Schneider as Audrey and Tommy, a married couple, together for three years, who are now trying to conceive. Unfortunately, Tommy is revealed to have some serious problems with his sperm. Desperate, he decides to go to the sperm bank where he made a donation many years before and retrieve his sample for personal use.
Sperm banks will typically allow donors to rescind their consent to donate their sample up until the time the sample is actually transferred to a recipient. But, of course, if things were that simple, we wouldn’t have a goofy comedy on our hands. Instead, when Tommy tries to retrieve his sperm from the cryobank, he is informed that it has just been sold. Oh, if only he’d gotten there a little sooner.
Craziness ensues when Tommy enlists the help of his friends to go steal back his sample from the sperm bank. This twist on a typical heist flick is taken in crude and corny directions, chock full of sperm jokes and low brow humor. This movie definitely does not take itself too seriously.
Fans of Jay Chandrasekhar, director of “Super Troopers,” “Beerfest” and “The Dukes of Hazzard” may be looking forward to this film. So might fans of Olivia Munn, who was most recently seen in the summer blockbuster, “Magic Mike.” Reviews from the SXSW festival, where the film was debuted this spring, indicated that the movie may not be crudely funny enough for some, but it will definitely not be a stuffy, sentimental infertility film.
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