Director: Jay Chandrasekhar
Stars: Paul Schneider, Olivia Munn, Kevin Heffernan, Nat Faxon, Jay Chandrasekhar
For close to an hour, The Babymakers, the latest raunch-fest from director Jay Chandrasekhar (Super Troopers), is a harmless little adult comedy, hitting far too many clichéd beats (obnoxious best friend, dick jokes, racially charged punch lines) but also charming its way to a friendly pass.
The plot is, at first, nicely high-concept: Tommy (Paul Schneider) desperately wants to impregnate his wife, Audrey (Olivia Munn), but his low sperm count, caused by years of donating his ejaculate to the appropriate bank for cash, has left him unable to give her a seed. So, along with his knuckled-headed friends, Tommy decides to reclaim his sperm by robbing the aforementioned bank.
Funny, right? When the film is in Schneider’s able, underrated hands, The Babymakers provides the right amount of dirty chuckles to keep itself this side of dismissible. But then, in an insufferable turn of laziness, Chandrasekhar’s once-passable flick becomes a lame Horrible Bosses-like caper film that’s riddled with obvious gags and juvenile humor that falls totally flat. One maddening scene, for example, pleads for laughs by having a character roll around in puddles of jizz for a good minute straight—thankfully for him, it’s not Schneider.