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The Babymakers (2012)

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8

Average Rating: 3.5/10
Reviews Counted: 49
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 45

The Babymakers mistakes raunch for humor and, despite a few sporadic laughs, wastes its otherwise capable cast on gross-out gags and misfired one-liners.

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Average Rating: 3/10
Critic Reviews: 18
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 16

The Babymakers mistakes raunch for humor and, despite a few sporadic laughs, wastes its otherwise capable cast on gross-out gags and misfired one-liners.

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Movie Info

After trying everything to get his wife Audrey (Olivia Munn) pregnant, Tommy Macklin (Paul Schneider) realizes to his horror that he may be "shooting blanks." Terrified that his marriage may fall apart, Tommy recruits his friends (and an Indian ex-mobster) to rob a sperm bank where he made a deposit years ago. As with any half-baked scheme, everything can and does go wrong, testing the limits of Tommy and Audrey's relationship. The Babymakers is a hilarious twist on the heist film genre, a

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Action & Adventure, Comedy

Peter Gaulke, Gerry Swallow

Sep 18, 2012

$5.2k

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The sole function served by this motion picture is to illustrate how not to frame jokes in movies.

August 5, 2012 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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The only moments where The Babymakers provides any kind of comic lift come when talented improvisers like Faxon, Heffernan, Chandrasekhar and Aisha Tyler clearly go off-book and noodle their way into something that's actually amusing.

August 3, 2012 Full Review Source: The Wrap
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"The Babymakers" is amazing in its complete lack of comedy, nearly satirical in its rejection of levity and full-on embrace of mediocrity.

August 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Film.com
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When a movie resorts to scenes of a grown man rolling around on a floor slick with spilled semen samples, something plainly has gone wrong.

August 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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Every so often a movie comes along that's so lame, you can almost make out a "What the hell am I doing here?" thought bubble over an actor's head.

August 3, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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The big disappointment of "The Babymakers" is that it doesn't come close to being worthy of its two stars, Paul Schneider and Olivia Munn.

August 2, 2012 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Comments (2)
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Wants to appeal to the fan base of Broken Lizard desperately, but also wants to service the audience that loves movies from Garry Marshall or Rob Reiner...

January 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

The screenwriters started with a great premise and then ran out of ideas, abandoning the more risky, inventive procreation comedy for corny slapstick

October 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Contactmusic.com
Contactmusic.com

What starts as an insightful, bracingly straight-spoken comedy about infertility falls apart in the final act when it diverts into a wacky, under-developed adventure

October 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

A romcom that fumbles for heart in the gutter, and finds only glib gags.

October 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Some funny moments but not many, despite decent playing from Mann and Schneider.

September 28, 2012 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

It actually gets more stupid the more you think about it.

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

The plot is content to stay at surface level, never truly working for big laughs when easy ones can be grasped instead.

September 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
Aisle Seat

Made me laugh, made me care and didn't insult my intelligence. It's almost as fun as making a baby yourself.

August 21, 2012 Full Review Source: CraveOnline | Comment (1)
CraveOnline

A film of limited effort, slowly sealing off its potential the longer it lingers on lackluster comedy in a manner that's become habitual to Chandrasekhar and his cronies.

August 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Blu-ray.com
Blu-ray.com

In short, the movie's not funny enough or serious-minded enough to warrant 95 minutes of your time.

August 11, 2012 Full Review Source: amNewYork
amNewYork

Preposterous, inane and silly, but outrageously funny.

August 7, 2012 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru | Comment (1)
NYC Movie Guru

'The Babymakers' is so uninspired it's depressing.

August 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

Crude, mostly unimaginative comedy is meant for adults.

August 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Mostly The Babymakers coasts lazily along on the likability of the cast and the occasional amusing moment.

August 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Television Without Pity
Television Without Pity

It nearly perfects the concept of an idiot plot.

August 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies
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Audience Reviews for The Babymakers

I did NOT have high hopes for this, but it turned out that I enjoyed it. Not the best movie around, but it definitely produced more than a few laugh-out-loud chuckles from me...
August 16, 2013
itsjustme2004

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She's fired up. He's firing blanks.

Quite a funny movie! Had the characters been developed slightly more, this could have been one of the better comedies to come out in years. It's the fact that the movie is so funny that it's easy to forgive the fact that the story and characters aren't exactly 100% there.

fter trying everything to get his wife Audrey (Olivia Munn) pregnant, Tommy Macklin (Paul Schneider) realizes to his horror that he may be "shooting blanks." Terrified that his marriage may fall apart, Tommy recruits his friends (and an Indian ex-mobster) to rob a sperm bank where he made a deposit years ago. As with any half-baked scheme, everything can and does go wrong, testing the limits of Tommy and Audrey's relationship.
October 19, 2012
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Manu Gino

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As a big fan of Broken Lizard I was moderately excited about this film, even though it only included the involvement of two of the members, neither of whom had a hand in the script. The Babymakers sees a young couple trying for a baby but are unable to conceive. Tommy soon finds out that he has slow sperm, but he had donated sperm 5 years ago and everything was okay back then. The sperm bank refuses to give him back his sperm as it is promised to another couple, and so begins a plan to rob the sperm bank. A sperm bank heist movie is a great idea, but unfortunately Chandrasekhar doesn't quite capture the heist element too well. There's far too much time spent on little arguments which don't often add anything the to characters. I also found the film's tone to be very confusing. There were moments when it seemed as though the comedy should be played as very outrageous, but instead, bizarre moments were just sort of passed over. A lot of the film goes nowhere, and the heist doesn't take place until the last 20 minutes. It's a slow ride where nobody on screen seems that interested. There are a few laugh out loud lines, and some rather sweet chemistry between Schneider and Munn which should have taken more of the focus. The very last scene is the tone and humour the film should have aimed for throughout. It was warm, heartfelt, cute, and hilarious.
August 25, 2012
kiriyamakazou

Super Reviewer

Not the best film to come from comedy entrepreneur Jay Chandrasekhar, "The Babymakers" is a mish-mash of capable comedic actors in watered down and misused comedic situations. With some laughs sprinkled in throughout the film, the conflicts faced are a little too sporadic and easily resolved, unlike actual life, which often presents the best humor. Paul Schneider fits perfectly into the partial Broken Lizard crew, but with very little to work with, the film often falls flat.
September 30, 2012
xas5

Super Reviewer

    1. Tommy Macklin: Are you talking about robbing a sperm bank?
    – Submitted by Chris P (21 months ago)
    1. Karen: I read on the internet that guys are totally faking it now days.
    – Submitted by Chris P (21 months ago)
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