Misconceptions (2008)

RON SATLOF

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5

USA, 2008.  Cineglobe Productions, Lineage Pictures, Misconceptions Productions, Royal McBee.  Screenplay by , Ron Satlof.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

In a religious, conservative southern town, where folks gather at picnics to protest gay marriage in the name of everything holy, a young woman suddenly finds herself called by God to do the craziest thing: after seeing a gay couple on television saying that they need a surrogate mother to carry their baby, she decides to fly to Boston and help them achieve their dream. She doesn’t tell her husband what she plans to do, which would only make their complicated situation worse after the death of their young son took a toll on their marriage. Meanwhile, her sister has been having issues conceiving with her husband and so seeks out the help of an egg-donor foundation, whose attractive spokesperson does nothing to help her increasingly troubled union. The two men from up in the godless north are a children’s doctor and a choreographer, and things do NOT get any better when the latter shows up in our heroine’s town to supervise her pregnancy. Good intentions get plenty of points in this pleasant viewing experience; on the one hand, the fact that nothing truly terrible ever happens makes it a sweet film to watch, but considering the potential for explosive situations it also feels a bit dishonest and dramatically weak. The presentation of the south as a bunch of clean but thoroughly ignorant hicks would be less offensive if it pushed a farcical tone a little harder, but what you get is a muddled vibe that never feels either heartwarming or silly enough. Still, you could do a lot worse, and the two gals are wonderful in the leads.

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