Review: ‘Misconceptions’

A male couple wanting to raise a child find an unlikely donor in "Misconceptions."

A male couple wanting to raise a child find an unlikely donor in “Misconceptions,” which hinges on the broad comic contrast between liberal gay Bostonians and born-again small-town Georgians. Auds who can get past the sitcomish air of contrivance and caricature will find a painless tolerance lesson that duly resolves all conflicts for a blanket happy ending. Regent has announced a fall theatrical release, though everything here — from the cast’s TV credentials to the formulaic dramedy beats — signals lightweight smallscreen fare.

Since their son died of “Dietrich-Schygulla syndrome,” evangelicals Miranda (A.J. Cook) and Parker (David Sutcliffe) have been at odds — she desperately wants another child, while he refuses even to make the necessary whoopee. Strangely, while watching a talkshow, she decides God wants her to play surrogate to sperm-donating “godless atheistic Sodomites” Terry (Orlando Jones) and Sandy (David Moscow). Hiding this from Parker gets harder once irrepressible Terry shows up to help with Miranda’s advancing pregnancy. Meanwhile, her barren sister’s own surrogate tempts her husband away. Stereotypes abound, and the soundtrack is annoyingly wallpapered with campily deployed hymns, but the perfs, guileless good intentions and competent assembly prove diverting enough.

Misconceptions

Production

A Regent Releasing/Here release of a Cineglobe-Noble Group, Lineage Pictures and Misconceptions Prods. presentation. Produced by Steven J. Brown, Ron Satlof, Ira Pearlstein. Executive producers, Ted Perkins, Ed Arenas. Co-producers, Zachary Reeves, Christine Kane, Harvey Rochman. Directed by Ron Satlof. Screenplay, Satlof, Ira Pearlstein.

Crew

Camera (color, DigiBeta), Curtis Graham; editor, George Mandl; music, Michael A. Levine. Reviewed at Frameline, San Francisco, June 24, 2009. (Also in NewFest, Outfest, 2008 Montreal World Film Festival.) Running time: 95 MIN.

With

Sam Ball, Sarah Carter, A.J. Cook, Orlando Jones, David Moscow, David Sutcliffe.

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