BABYMAKERS, THE: DVD
After three years of marriage, Tommy (Paul Schneider) and Audrey Macklin (Olivia Munn) are ready to start a family but despite all their efforts, Audrey fails to conceive.
Finally, after countless advice from their well-meaning friends, Tommy discovers he has low sperm count - which was not always the case. Five years earlier, he had donated to a sperm bank to raise money for Audrey's engagement ring. Things become complicated when his last sperm donation has already been allocated and Tommy together with his friends Wade (Kevin Heffernan) and ZigZag (Nat Faxon) ask the shady Indian ex-criminal Ron Jon (Jay Chandrasekhar) to help steal it.
Review by Louise Keller:
A hilarious heist at a sperm bank is the highlight of this disarming romcom in which director Jay Chandrasekhar plays a larger-than-life former bag man from the Indian Mafia in whose inept hands everything goes awry. Chandrasekhar has a great sense of the ridiculous as fans of Super Troopers, Club Dread and The Dukes of Hazzard will attest and now, after 6 years of directing television series, it is good to see him back in the saddle and in full flight. Having a baby has never been as twisted as this off the wall premise by screenwriters Peter Gaulke and Gerry Swallow, which soars largely due to Chandrasekhar and the charismatic pairing of Paul Schneider and Olivia Munn.
Frenetic love making in assorted places (shower, car, under table) follows a decision by Tommy (Schneider) and Audrey (Munn) that it is time for them to become parents. Nine months later, when nothing seems to be working and Audrey cannot fall pregnant, Tommy and Audrey confide in their best friends whose suggestions to try hot peppers, hemorrhoid cream and the chill factor are met with disdain.
Dumbstruck and in denial when tested and found to have a low sperm count (the scene when told her ovaries are pretty, plump and pink while his sparse sperm appears confused and drunk is nicely executed), Tommy decides to reclaim his sperm bank donation from years earlier when he needed extra cash. It is at this point that the film becomes interesting.
Schneider has the same likeability factor as Bradley Cooper, while Munn is vulnerable and very real. The scene in which Tommy approaches the gay couple who are about to be recipients of his last sperm donation goes in startling directions, and with friends offering their sperm and the opportunity of adopting a Chinese baby, his options become increasingly bizarre.
Kevin Heffernan is good value as Tommy's well-meaning pudgy best friend Wade ('Close your eyes, stick it in and think of baseball') and there are a few good jokes thrown around the Chinese baby option, including one about outsourcing.
None however, are as bizarre as that of the scene-stealing Chandrasekhar's overly hairy Indian Ron Jon, whose stealth operation Desert Sperm (to rob the sperm bank) is revealed with the help of a comb, a jug of milk and an empty beer bottle. I like the fact that Ron Jon has a large, loud television that switches off when a string of expletives are yelled and that he forgets the combination of the lock of the lock-picking kit.
The heist itself (shot in split screen) is sheer farce, as is the getaway in a stolen white stretch limo with the horrified Asian bride and groom still inside. This is laid-back entertainment worthy of many chuckles and a few belly laughs.
Published April 10, 2013
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BABYMAKERS, THE: DVD (M)
CAST: Olivia Munn, Paul Schneider, Noureen DeWulf, Aisha Tyler, Jay Chandrasekar, Desi Lydic, Wood Harris, Helena Mattson, Kevin Heffernan, Collette Wolfe
PRODUCER: Jason Blum, Jay Chandrasekar, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones
DIRECTOR: Jay Chandrasekar
SCRIPT: Peter Gaulke, Gerry Swallow
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Frank G. DeMarco
EDITOR: Brad Katz
PRODUCTION DESIGN: Katie Byron
RUNNING TIME: 98 minutes
AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Pinnacle Films
AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: November 1, 2012
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DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Pinnacle
DVD RELEASE: April 10, 2013