The Baby Formula
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The Baby Formula

Canada, 2008, 81 Minute Running Time
West Coast Premiere
Genre/Subjects: Comedy, Drama, Gay, Lesbian, Parenting / Family
Program: World Cinema
Language: English

DIRECTOR: Alison Reid

Double the bellies, double the fun! The outlandish Canadian mockumentary The Baby Formula follows lab worker Athena (Angela Vint) and wife Lilith (Megan Fahlenbock) as they dare to boldly go where no couple has gone before — creating a baby with two biological mothers. Utilizing the real-life science that has created offspring in mice, Athena bravely opens her womb to the experimental procedure. When Lilith tires of rubbing Athena’s feet and fetching cupcakes and sauerkraut, she decides to impregnate herself with yet another hybrid egg. With both women simultaneously rocking their lovely lady lumps, the only thing left to do is tell the wacky family the news. Now two hungry, moody and emotional women must not only bear children, but each other’s families as well.

The debut feature by Canadian director Alison Reid, The Baby Formula is an extension of her 2006 short film Succubus, which starred the two lead actors. Vint and Fahlenbock (whose real-life pregnancies inspired the script) glide through the film with the improvisational cohesion of a Canadian Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, possessing a true gift for comedic timing and ad-libbing. They even come through in the film’s dramatic moments — as does the stellar supporting cast. Grab your repressed brother, judgmental mother and wine-soaked gay fathers, and enjoy the riotous fun that can only be had by combining pregnancy, science and dysfunctional families. — ALEXIS WHITHAM

Text Voting Code: F103


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