Yet another attempt to mix raunchy excess and romantic-comedy sweetness in an anything-goes raucous farce, "The Babymakers" offers a few big laughs between ho-hum stretches of frenetic vamping.
Yet another attempt to mix raunchy excess and romantic-comedy sweetness in an anything-goes raucous farce, “The Babymakers” offers a few big laughs between ho-hum stretches of frenetic vamping. It’s the latest directorial effort of Broken Lizard comedy trouper Jay Chandrasekhar (“Super Troopers”), who gives himself a showy supporting role as an image-conscious alumnus of the Indian mafia. That character provides unreliable assistance to perpetrators of the small-time caper that propels this sporadically amusing laffer, a trifle best suited for smallscreen consumption.
Thirtysomething Tommy (Paul Schneider) is embarrassed by his inability to impregnate his beautiful wife (Olivia Munn). And he’s incredulous when he flunks fertility tests, since he secretly earned money for his deposits at a sperm bank years earlier. Desperation drives him to recruit buddies for a robbery of said bank, to retrieve the last of Tommy’s frozen sperm, leading to a heist that climaxes with literally sticky slapstick. “Babymakers” slyly suggests that repeated blows to the groin — chronic sight gags in comedies such as this — are what diminished Tommy’s once-potent reproductive prowess. Nothing else in the pic is quite as clever as that concept. Tech values are par.