The Babymakers

  • Review Date: July 30, 2012
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2012
  • Running Time: 98 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Crude, mostly unimaginative comedy is meant for adults.
  • Review Date: July 30, 2012
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2012
  • Running Time: 98 minutes

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Honesty is the best policy, especially when it comes to relationships and skeletons in your closet. Also, families come in all shapes and sizes. That said, The Babymakers' positive stuff is notably diminished by the implication that true manhood is measured by a guy's ability to get his wife pregnant and that women feel incomplete without children.

Positive role models

Tommy has his heart in the right place, but he doesn't make the best choices. But neither Audrey nor the rest of his friends seem to give him perspective, either. In fact, they mostly appear to egg him on.

Violence

A man holds a knife to someone else's throat; he later implies that he stole someone's kidney, too. Some threats; lots of yelling. Mini fisticuffs. Cops chase down thieves, and there's a mini stand-off.

Sex

Semi-explicit sex scenes, plus plenty of talk, jokes, and gestures about masturbation and other sex acts. One male full-frontal shot, and photos of a topless woman are shown frequently. A portion of what's supposed to be a bestiality porn movie is shown.

Language

Frequent use of words including "f--k," "a-s," "bastard," "goddamn," and more.

Consumerism

Labels mentioned or seen include eBay, Coca-Cola, Under Armor, and more.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

References to pot smoking; social drinking (beer and the like).

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Babymakers is an occasionally funny but mostly crass indie comedy (directed by a veteran of the Broken Lizard comedy troupe) that examines a couple's attempts to get pregnant. It's very sex-centric -- expect lots of jokes (and gestures) about masturbation and various sex acts, scenes showing a couple in sexual positions (though not totally naked), discussions about sex, photos of a naked woman; and one full-frontal shot of a man. Characters also drink, reference pot smoking, dish out sexist punchlines, and swear a lot, including "f--k" and lots more.

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What's the story?

At their five-year anniversary, Audrey (Olivia Munn) and her husband, Tommy (Paul Schneider), decide the time is right to start their family. Unbeknownst to them, deciding is the easy part -- actually getting Audrey pregnant proves to be a mountain of a challenge. Doctors think Tommy's sperm is the problem, but Tommy doesn't believe it. After all, he donated to a sperm bank to raise money for Audrey's engagement ring, and he was deemed a suitable candidate then. Tommy's convinced that he needs to get the last batch of his long-ago donations to save his marriage and finally become a dad for real. But how to get that job done?

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

There's not a lot about THE BABYMAKERS to recommend. Sure, Munn continues to impress (though given her intelligent turn in The Newsroom, it's a puzzler why she took this on), and Schneider's kinetic energy is infectious. But the very uneven material -- sometimes hilarious, too-often tired or sexist -- doesn't live up to the cast's talents.

Masturbation jokes -- and anything remotely related to the subject -- and other petty vulgarisms are what passes for funny here. It's not the sperm count that's the problem here; it's the laugh count.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about The Babymakers' reliance on sexual imagery and crass jokes. Is that necessary for the movie's story/humor? How does it compare to other over-the-top comedies you've seen?

  • Why does everyone think they have a say in Audrey and Tommy's personal life? Is this the way infertility is discussed in real life? Do you think people dealing with infertility in real life are likely to find it funny?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:August 3, 2012
DVD release date:September 18, 2012
Cast:Kevin Heffernan, Olivia Munn, Paul Schneider
Director:Jay Chandrasekhar
Studio:Millennium Entertainment
Genre:Comedy
Run time:98 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:crude and sexual content, brief graphic nudity, language and some drug use

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