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  • Babymakers, The | Review

    SXSW FILM 2012

    By | March 11, 2012

    Director: Jay Chandrasekhar

    Writers: Peter Gaulke, Gerry Swallow

    Starring: Paul Schneider, Olivia Munn, Kevin Heffernan, Jay Chandrasekhar, Nat Faxon, Wood Harris, Aisha Tyler, Collette Wolfe, Hayes MacArthur, Lindsey Kraft, Helena Mattsson

    Most heist stories involve money, precious jewels, art, objects of monetary value.  The only thing more valuable than money?  Sperm.  The Babymakers, directed by Jay Chandrasekhar, is an endearing yet sex-centric comedy viewers would expect from the guys behind Super Troopers and Beerfest.

    Tommy (Paul Schneider) and his wife Audrey (Olivia Munn) have been happily married for three years.  They decide it’s time to expand their family and have a baby.  This is played out over several minutes with the two in various sexual positions in a variety of locations.  After nine months, the two are still trying to conceive causing their sex life to be seen as more of a chore than an act of passion.  Tommy and Audrey seek the advice of their respective groups of friends, each group blaming the other party for the problem.  Audrey decides they both need to be tested by a fertility specialist to clear up why the two are unable to conceive. Faced with the issue of adoption, Tommy decides to steal back the last of twenty sperm samples he donated years ago to pay for Audrey’s engagement ring.  With the help of his best friend Wade (Kevin Heffernan), Tommy hires an ex-Indian mobster (Jay Chandrasekhar) in order to help him break into the donation clinic.

    The majority of the humor in The Babymakers caters to the whims of teenage boys everywhere –- boobs, sex, masturbation, boobs, sperm, boobs… One scene in particular is quite revolting, yet still comical.  And while the majority of the film is indeed funny, the issue at hand is quite serious.  What lengths are you willing to go in order to have a baby of your own and salvage your marriage?

    Rating: 6/10

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