The Baby Formula (2008)

ALISON REID

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5

Canada, 2008.  David J. Woods Entertainment, Free Spirit Films, Super Channel, Téléfilm Canada.  Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , Alison Reid.  Music by , .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

A lesbian couple make their dream of parenthood come true when a radical new scientific procedure allows them to create sperm from one of the women’s stem cells that is then used to impregnate the other. They are followed around by (fictional) documentary cameras (manned by the film’s director Alison Reid) as their rocky relationship develops throughout the course of one pregnancy and, following the revelation of secrets, a second one when the other woman in the couple reveals that she has done the same thing. Now there are hormonal olympics to add to what is already a rocky venture: how will the world react to the fact that science has rendered men unnecessary for the continuation of the species? This isn’t really the avenue that Reid explores, instead indulging in plastic scenes of character interaction as actresses and work hard to make something real out of the material but barely manage to scratch the surface. The film is a royal bore, mostly a series of pedestrian acting exercises that go nowhere, and the attempts at humour are too painfully cute to be effective.

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