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The Babymakers Review

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0.5

Dave White Profile

They dropped this one on its head. Read full review

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  • 2.0
    30

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally unfavorable reviews
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    critic review scores.

  • 25

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Utterly clueless about its tone and has no idea how relentlessly it is undercutting itself. By the time we arrive at the obligatory happy ending, which is perfunctory and automatic, I felt sort of insulted. If Chandrasekhar thinks his audience will laugh at his vulgarity, why does he believe it requires a feel-good ending?

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  • 25

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    You may find sperm jokes hilarious, but it's doubtful you'll find them hilarious in The Babymakers, which has serious composition problems.

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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    This comedy about a couple who can't get pregnant is stuck between Judd Apatow's humane raunchiness and the American Pie series' smirky broadness.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

not for kids

Crude, mostly unimaginative comedy is meant for adults.

What 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.

  • 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?

The good stuff
  • message true1

    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.

  • rolemodels true1

    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.

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    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 false5

    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 false4

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

  • consumerism false2

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

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: References to pot smoking; social drinking (beer and the like).

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