It’s no secret that we, as a society, are starting to have children much later in life (says the guy who will pay for his kid’s college tuition with his social security check). We live much longer, and there’s more to enjoy in our youth. Interestingly, while teenage pregnancy is on the rise, so is infertility amongst older adults—all the trappings of the perfect comedy.
In Josh F. Huber’s Making Babies, Katie and John Kelly (Eliza Coupe and Steve Howey) are ready to start a family, but as comedies go, it’s not going to be easy. The first problem is getting on the same page. Katie wants to have children, not only because she’s bullied at work by the working mom’s club, she merely wants to have a baby because she’s ready. John, on the other hand, was just laid off and wants to put his severance into his home micro-brewing company.
“Katie wants to have children…she’s bullied at work by the working mom’s club…”
Try as they might, Katie can’t conceive, so what’s the problem? According to their Patton-esque fertility specialist, Dr. Remis (Ed Begley Jr.), Katie has the perfect vagina, but John has a lot of slow swimmers. The news starts a series of comedic scenes involving masturbating into a cup, hijinks involving shots and hormones, a crazy homeopathic and spiritual sooth-sayer, and a night sleeping in the car.