Donor Unknown

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"Donor Unknown" follows the story of JoEllen Marsh, 20, as she searches for the sperm donor father she only knows as Donor 150. JoEllen grew up in Pennsylvania with two mothers, and a burning curiosity to know more about her anonymous donor father. When JoEllen discovers a unique online registry that connects donor-conceived children, she manages to track down a half-sister in New York. "The New York Times" picks up the story, which falls into the hands of Jeffrey Harrison, living alone with four dogs and a pigeon in a broken-down RV in a Venice Beach car park. In the 1980s, Jeffrey supplemented his meagre income by becoming a sperm donor at California Cryobank. His number was Donor 150.

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  • The best feature film on the subject is Lisa Cholodenko's funny and touching The Kids Are All Right. Jerry Rothwell's engaging documentary delivers the real-life thing.

    Jun 5, 2011 | Full Review…

    Philip French

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  • Only in America, you're bound to say after watching Donor Unknown, but it's worth a look all the same.

    Jun 3, 2011 | Rating: 3/5
  • It's a nice film, though I felt that there might be a deeper, more complex story to tell about the siblings' relations with each other and Harrison's own life-history.

    Jun 2, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Surprising, amusing and oddly melancholic: a genuine human drama.

    Jun 1, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • [A]s cheery and bittersweet and lovely-melancholy as can be...

    Jun 9, 2011 | Full Review…
  • My advice: re-rent The Kids Are All Right, where sperm-donor paternity (played by Mark Ruffalo) gets the rueful, witty, mischievous-seriocomical treatment it should.

    Jun 8, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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