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Baby Formula, The (DVD Review)

4 Mar, 2010 By: Billy Gil

Street 3/9/10
$24.95 DVD
Not rated.
Stars Megan Fahlenbock, Angela Vint.

There’s no real formula to lesbian comedy The Baby Formula, and that’s a bit of a problem.

The film is laid out as a Christopher Guest-style mockumentary, with an interviewer following a couple, two women, who are having a baby through the first-ever transformation of an egg into sperm, so that the baby comes from the DNA of the two women. Suspending disbelief is a necessity, to say the least, but it’s a clever conceit and the mockumentary style is a welcome device.

However, the levity that comes from the film’s unusual subject ends up getting eschewed in favor of gross “aw shucks, she really does care about me” moments that drown the middle of the film in Lifetime territory. Then the film turns into a dysfunctional family drama at the end, with the women’s parents — one pair is two gay men, the other a conservative, religious straight couple — coming off as caricatures.

There are some genuinely funny moments sprinkled throughout the film, although most of it comes off as just awkward and not awkward-funny.

For fans of lesbian-themed films, this one’s a decent rental with a few laughs.

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