Jay Chandrasekhar‘s new comedy The Babymakers stars Paul Schneider as Tommy, a dutiful and committed husband whose only aim is to get his wife Karen (Olivia Munn) knocked up. It’s an improvised situational comedy, but becomes a heist flick when Tommy has to raid a sperm bank for his last batch.
Chandrasekhar’s best known for films Beer Fest, Super Troopers and Slammin’ Salmon. He’s teamed up again with fellow member of comedy troupe Broken Lizard Kevin Heffernan who plays Schneider’s best friend in the film. Their aim was to make the simple concept on a small budget and to compete with other big studio releases.
In a year that’s seen or will see other blockbuster comedy releases aimed at a 30 plus demographic with a soft touch (Friends With Kids, American Pie Reunion, What To Expect) the film attempts to follow the formula by offering some solid laughs with a soft touch on relevant issues concerning parenting, adoption, friendship and fidelity. Ultimately, it turns to stereotypes for cheap laughs, cutting characters short. Gross-out prevails and the team just seems overall insecure and unsure of the material.
The first act struggles to get off the ground. Schneider handles himself well here, but his co-star struggles to push back. The resulting scenes are pretty flat. Editing around this is cause for awkward beats and the pacing struggles all the way to the end. In the final twenty minutes, we finally get the long-overdue heist. Orchestrated by Chandrasekhar, as a Indian mob-boss, the heist is unimpressive. The answer to low-production values is a breaking-and-entering gaffe, and after a little slapstick in the lab, the major conflict resolves. The film then races to the finish. Just like I’m doing…right….now.
Synopsis: After failing to get his wife pregnant, a guy (Schneider) recruits his pals to steal the deposit he left at a sperm bank years ago.