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The Babymakers and a Broken Lizard

September 21, 2012

The Babymakers was directed by Broken Lizard member Jay Chandrasekhar. Jay is responsible for the fantastic Super Troopers, Club Dread, Beerfest and episodes of Arrested Development and Community. He is a likable director and is capable of great work and the occasional soul crushing remake (Dukes of Hazard). After watching this film I’m not sure what the directing appeal was. Maybe he was bored? Maybe he wanted to hang with his buds? Maybe he really wanted to direct a sperm bank robbery? What this film is sorely lacking are the other members of his comedy troupe Broken Lizard.

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Jay does fine on his own which is evident in his television work. However, when it comes to directing a feature length film it is clear that his co-conspirators help in the molding of the hi-jinks. This movie replaces humor with nut shots and looks like it was filmed on wax paper.

It seems Jay and fellow BL member Kevin Heffernan were bored (guess) and wanted to do something for a couple of weeks (probably not the case). So, they found a script about a sperm bank robbery and shot it in nine days. They called up Olivia Munn and Paul Schneider and checked their availability. Then they called up some other friends and before they knew it the film was done and edited. Then, they started promoting Olivia Munn heavily and released a decent red band trailer.

To be fair I’ve never made a film when I was bored so I can’t hate too much. However, with all of the talent involved it should have been so much more than a 10% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. For instance, you have Avon from The Wire, the funny sister from Hot Tub Time Machine, the guy who co-wrote the Descendants, the earnest guy from Parks and Rec and the always reliable Kevin Heffernan.

The Babymakers has a couple laughs. For instance, the scene where Nat Faxon looks for money in his wallet gets a laugh  because of how long the scene goes on. The best part about that moment is that is doesn’t try to add a nut shot or bodily fluid joke.

Don’t watch The Babymakers. The only reason I did is because I appreciate all that is Broken Lizard. They stray outside of the mainstream and have a vibe all their own. This movie hopefully will be quickly forgotten and we can all look forward to a Super Troopers 2.

Give Club Dread a second chance as well. It is a funny little flick. Can’t beat Coconut Pete.

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