Baby on Board (2009)
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But this film was even worse than it sounds. I can usually watch almost anything, even total c grade junk. But this looked like even the players were in pain trying to say their lines. Lara Flynn Boyle looked more botoxed out than Joan Rivers, the men in it are all snakes and liars, everyone is cheating on everyone, and not one line is funny. The fart jokes are even horrible (which is pretty hard to screw those up) All in all, this was another horrible waste of perfectly good celluloid. Not sure what Heather Graham was thinking here either, as she has now added to her list of atrocious films.
And the fact that at the end Curtis acts against his client and discloses the client's private information to his wife does not help at all. Either refuse to take a case or, if already taken, deal with it ethically. Breaking the professional ethics code makes Curtis into an even bigger scum.
I was waiting for a "change of heart" or something like that to happen to Curtis at the end, whereby he would commit to not protecting complete scoundrels and criminals any more, but nope, not a sign of it...
Interesting message this is sending to the viewers in terms of morality and ethics...
************************POSSIBLE SPOILER**************************** He and Heather are going to have a baby, and mistakes, miscommunication ensue. The comedy that is supposed to ensue afterwords does not. Both take advice (poor) from best friends in the middle of their own crisis. Complete and total suspension of disbelief is needed to get through this clunker. An insult to real world relationships everywhere.
With the great collection of actors assembled here, there was every expectation that the movie would have been better; much better. I like all of the actors and have seen them play extremely well in other films, yet in this one they all seem to be so, so lost; that had I had never seen these folks before, I would have believed that they were all high school kids doing a bad high school play. (And I have seen much better high school plays)
I watched it in pain hoping that at some point the talent and the timing and the writing would kick in -- never happened !!!! What a waste of talent and my time. I really wanted to see this group work. What missed potential.
Apparently the film was taken out of director Brian Herzlinger's hands and re-edited by the producers. So was it their doing or was it so bad that they couldn't save it?
*** This comment contain spoilers *** (Would that even be possible?)
Director, Brian Herzlinger, is a nude massage parlour patron in one scene. (That speaks for itself)
Russell Scalise, the writer/producer appears as a valet that Heather Graham covers in vomit. (Was this a form of self punishment?)
Don't waste your time and your money.
Imagine if a 15yo or an immature frat boy were handed a terrific cast and the script and direction of what was once your standard baby related comedy and you'll have Baby on Board pretty well pegged.
Gaaa...over and over again I found myself asking just "Why?" or cringing at the lines spewing forth from one of my favorite's (John Corbett) lips...and John? What were you thinking?..sheesh, feel like I need a shower now.
I'd happily recommend it to anyone who wants a bit of fun without the nastiness and drama that lots of films (even comedies) feel obliged to dole out.
So why not give it a chance?
Now to the review The story is very simple A newly married couple are trying to kick start their careers Very understandably They decide on holding back on having a baby until they are more established She gets a prime assignment that she can't afford to mess up on He is a newly established lawyer She suddenly discovers that she is pregnant It is a total shock to her as they were taking precautions She walks back to their home in a daze protesting to everyone on the way I'm NOT PREGNANT In that state she walks past a restaurant only to see a woman straddling her husband on his lap This heightens her despondency and blinds her even more to evaluating what she is seeing He was trying to push the woman off his lap because he felt uncomforstble
When he gets home he is confronted by a very depressed and fuming wife When he asks her whats wrong Her response is very abrupt and to the point YOU KNOW WHAT YOU DID He is very confused and frustrated because he has absolutely no idea what she is talking about When he taxes her again he gets the same YOU KNOW WHAT YOU DID and no more They become very estranged from each other and the situation is farther confused by his one friend who raises the suspicion that SHE was having an affair behind his back because he was using condoms to prevent pregnancy and her mother who also stirs things up Both he and she refuse to move out and that sets the scene for some comical yet sad moments His friend is a bit of a philander and tries to set him up with a girl but even though his upset and confused as to her behavour he still loves his wife and refuses to break his marriage up For Nine months the two of them are at loggerheads with each other At a time when she needs all the support and comfort because of the pregnancy which really makes the situation very sad It's only nine months later as she's about to have the baby that the whole situation is resolved Nine wasted months of stupidity caused by non communication and assumption While this movie is not one for the best movies around due to the crass language nudity and crudeness the message it imparts makes it a movie that SHOULD be watched Just for the message it conveys Don't assume anything Comunicate Talk
This is just one of the movies that have hidden positive messages in them Don't just watch a movie just for the sake of watching a movie and try to pick out all the mistakes made Watch it to find those hidden messages and view them in a positive light on how best to improve yourself
Some movies with hidden positive messages are Mary Poppins A Cinderella Story Legally Blonde 1 and 3 Maid in Manhattan It's a Wonderful Life Just to name a few
I would say watch this movie for a different perspective on married life, the importance of communication in a relationship, and for a good laugh at the comedy of errors that unfold.