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Reviews for August 3rd, 2012

Assassin's Bullet

Directed by Isaac Florentine

Number of times I checked my watch: 6
Released by Arc Entertainment.
Opens at the Cinema Village.

The Babymakers

Directed by Jay Chandrasekhar

      All that Tommy (Paul Schneider) wants is to get his wife, Audrey (Olivia Munn), but since he got hit a lot in the testicles throughout his life, he now suffers from slow swimmers, a.k.a. he's shooting blanks. He suddenly remembers that during his bachelor years he donated sperm to a local clinic. So, without telling his wife, he gathers his friend, Zig-Zag (Nat Faxon) and Wade (Kevin Heffernan), and then hires Ron Jon (Jay Chandrasekhar) to help them hatch a scheme to steal the sperm from the clinic.

      The less you know about the scheme or even the entire plot itself the better because they're both quite preposterous, inane and silly. Co-writers Peter Gaulke and Gerry Swallow throw reason out the window and in its place you'll find outrageously funny scenes ranging from slapstick to toilet humor. It would have been great had they added more wit, though, and taken more comedic risks or included some surprises like the comedy classic There's Something About Mary. Were this a British comedy, it would not only have that much-needed wit, but also a lot more irreverent humor. Poking fun at Hindus or gays with a line or two isn't enough irreverence. You'll still laugh your head off even though you'll feel like you're losing some brain cells in the process.

      Unfortunately, other than making you laugh, The Babymakers has nothing else to offer. Director Jay Chandrasekhar moves the film along at a very fast pace and the editing quite often leaves to many abrupt transitions between scenes as if there were many scenes cut out and left on the editing room floor. Moreover, the feeble attempts of generating sweetness just feel uneven and awkward juxtaposed with the dirty humor. At least The Babymakers is just around 90 minutes, an ideal running time for a comedy.

Number of times I checked my watch: 2
Released by Millenium Films.
Opens at the AMC/Loews Village 7.

Celeste and Jesse Forever

Directed by Rashida Jones

Number of times I checked my watch: 1
Released by Sony Pictures Classics.
Opens at AMC/Loews Lincoln Square and Landmark Sunshine Cinema.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days

Directed by David Bowers

Number of times I checked my watch: 3
Released by 20th Century Fox.
Opens nationwide.

Dreams of a Life

Directed by Carol Morley

Number of times I checked my watch: 3
Released by Strand Releasing.
Opens at the IFC Center.


Directed by Gillies Ya-che Yang

Number of times I checked my watch: 1
Released by China Lion.
Opens at the AMC Empire 25 and AMC/Loews Village 7.

Total Recall

Directed by Len Wiseman

Number of times I checked my watch: 4
Released by Columbia Pictures.
Opens nationwide.

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