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Review: The Babymakers

Gross-out comedy
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 2, 2012
1.0 1.0 Stars

The fine art of the jizz joke probably peaked with There's Something About Mary, but that doesn't stop Jay Chandresekhar from beating it to death in this gross-out comedy. Tommy, played by third-tier Steve Carell–type Paul Schneider, is the butt of most of the humor; he spends the first half of the film trying to fill a cup to get a sperm count on the insistence of his child-craving wife, Audrey (Olivia Munn). For the second half of the film, for vaguely related and increasingly inane reasons, Tommy and his boorish pals — only one of whom, an Indian gangster played by Chandresekhar, is actually funny — try to rob a sperm bank, thus expanding the film's range of semen gags. A fat man slipping on a floor slicked with come! How funny is that? With one of the screenwriters named Gerry Swallow, you wonder if they're putting us on. Or sending a desperate message: along with The Watch, this is the second yuk-fest in a week in which the protagonist is sterile. Not to mention the filmmakers' imagination.

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