The Babymakers [Celluloid Hero]
The Babymakers (2012)
The guys from the Broken Lizard comedy troupe has made some great indie/cult comedies in the past few years like “Supertroopers” and “Beerfest”. They also made a few clunkers like “Club Dread” and “The Slammin’ Salmon”. This time around, only 2/5 of the group got together to make “The Babymakers”, and the output suffered.
Indie comedies have the potential to be amazing because they can be edgy, pushing boundaries, and going to places mainstream comedies don’t. On the flip side, indie comedies can be bad just for the fact that if they were any good they would’ve gotten picked up for a larger distribution. There isn’t much gray area, it’s great or terrible. “The Babymakers” ends up falling towards the latter.
A married couple decide they want to have children, but are unable to conceive. The doctors tell the husband he has bad sperm, which he denies because he used to donate sperm that was considered healthy. After finding out his last batch was sold, he and some friends decide to rob the sperm bank.
What really kills this movie is the script. The main actors have been good in other projects I’ve seen, but this time they just have nothing to work with. The lead actress, Olivia Munn, is definitely worth looking at, but doesn’t have any acting chops. The script tries to combine wit with grossout humor, and neither really hits the mark.
This isn’t the worst movie I’ve ever seen, nor the least funny comedy. It’s still hard to recommend unless you’re an extremely dedicated fan of any of the actors. The plot is one that will stick in my memory, but everything else about “The Babymakers” was wholly forgettable.
On the [Celluloid Hero] scale, “The Babymakers” gets a 3 out of 10.