Donor Unknown (2010)
Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 11
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 1
No consensus yet.
Average Rating: N/A
Critic Reviews: 1
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 0
Average Rating: 3.9/5
User Ratings: 271
JoEllen Marsh was seven years old when she learned the truth about her biological father -- her mother had gone to a sperm bank in order to have a child, and JoEllen's "dad" was known simply as "Donor 150," a tall man with blonde hair and blue eyes. As time passed, JoEllen wondered if Donor 150 fathered any other children through sperm donation, and through an on-line research database she got to know a handful of other young adults who shared the same DNA and a surprising number of both
Jun 21, 2011 Limited
No Friends? Inconceivable! Log in to see what your friends have to say.
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.
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.
The scenes in which JoEllen meets her growing collection of half-sisters and half-brothers are among the most emotional in a sweet but slight documentary.
Only in America, you're bound to say after watching Donor Unknown, but it's worth a look all the same.
What emerges is a moving, very human story about the search for belonging, as much as the need to make a child's own identity complete.
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.
Heart-warming, mind-boggling and hugely entertaining, this is a superbly directed documentary that's by turns thought-provoking, laugh-out-loud funny and deeply moving.
It may be frustratingly uncommitted in its ending but it's a genuinely engaging journey.
Audience Reviews for Donor Unknown
There are no audience reviews yet. Hurry, submit your review so you can be first!
Discuss Donor Unknown on our Movie forum!