Middling black comedy “In the Land of Milk and Money” lacks the courage to run wild with its bad-taste concept — wherein tainted milk turns the mild mothers of an idyllic all-American town into homicidal maniacs. Muffled result has some laughs but few high points, while intended satire of ’50s sci-fi movies, traditional gender roles and biotech emerges too nebulous to make a point. Already a veteran of numerous smaller fests, pic looks set for a modest ancillary career in rental and cable markets.
Pushed by greedy corporate honcho Mr. Brand (Keith Mills) to use his experimental “bovine growth hormones” on dairy cows, scientist-hero Peter (Chris Coulson) at first doesn’t make the connection when local women begin attacking their own children (even long-grown-up ones). But soon he and pregnant ex-girlfriend Laurie (Kim Gillingham), a TV reporter, suss that Brand Corp. is at fault — and worse, is blocking development of a cure. Too much time is spent with tepid romantic leads, and not enough on the more outrageous material of Susie Homemakers run amuck. Attempt at quasi-1950s Americana atmosphere is cramped by design-budget limitations; other contribs are decent.