The Babymakers: SXSW Reviews

Director: Jay Chandrasekhar

Writers: Peter Gaulke, Gerry Swallow

Starring: Olivia Munn, Paul Schneider, Kevin Heffernan

“The Babymakers” turned out to be my first big surprise for SXSW this year. Going into it I knew very little about the film except that the premise had comedic value…and that Olivia Munn is unbelievably hot. Directed by Jay Chandraskhar, who you may remember from such classics as ‘Super Troopers’ and ‘Dukes of Hazzard’, the film actually turned out to be one of the funniest I’ve seen in a long while. The director introduced the film along with star Kevin Hefferman, and the two of them loosened up the audience at Austin’s Paramount theater by having a beer chugging contest on stage. Side Note: Jay Chandraskhar can’t chug a beer.

The movie is good for more than a few laughs but this isn’t high-brow humor. So if you’re the type who swears by sophisticated comedy –  better yet, the type who loves to tell people how much you love high-brow comedy, then this film will definitely not be for you. The movie plays to the lowest common denominator but it doesn’t do it any more than ‘The Hangover’, ‘The Hangover 2’, and the “highly anticipated” and upcoming ‘Hangover 3’. Basically, it’s a raunch-com chock full of sperm jokes and a few sight-gags you have to see to believe.

Paul Schneider plays a guy who somehow managed to snag Olivia Munn and is ready to start a family but finds out that he’s shooting blanks. Remembering that he had previously donated sperm for cash to buy an engagement ring he hires Ron Jon, formerly of the Indian Mafia, to help him devise a plan to break into the sperm bank where he made his deposits so he won’t lose his wife. Before you start questioning the plausibility angles….

Olivia-Munn

This is what was at stake.

The movie was billed as a different take on a heist movie but that’s not exactly what it turns out to be. I won’t hold that against the filmmakers because although a few of the gags were getting stale they did manage to flirt with territory most studios wouldn’t dream of, nothing is sacred in this film and I was literally laughing out loud.

‘The Babymakers’ puts a little distance between itself and the stoner humor of ‘Super Troopers’ and is closer to the Apatow style of comedy audiences have grown to love. If you decide it’s not for you when it hits theaters sometime next year then just spend $1 and Redbox it for a good laugh.