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Film review: Inconceivable Less Than Fertile Ground for Comedy / 'Inconceivable' looks at a familiar subject without too many laughs

24 November 1998 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.--"Inconceivable" is the sort of uneven comic effort that reveals its autobiographical inspirations all too readily and offers a detailed comic take on a subject that is no doubt becoming all too familiar to baby boomers.

Director Bob Weis and screenwriter Diane Fredel-Weis are a husband and wife filmmaking team who spent, according to their press material, a great deal of time and effort undergoing fertility treatments in an attempt to have a baby.

It doesn't say whether or not they were successful, but the experience begat this debut feature, which had its world premiere at the recent Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival. Although too slight for theatrical consumption, the film should find a ready audience on such cable stations as Lifetime Television.

It concerns the too cutely named Adam and Eve (Jonathan Penner and Corinne Bohrer), a married couple nearly driven apart by Eve's mounting desire to have a baby despite Adam's reluctance. Pushing 40, she decides to take matters into her own hands, resorting to fertility treatments without telling Adam and even attempting to steal his sperm.

Although it touches on serious emotions sporadically, "Inconceivable" is mainly a farcical series of episodes ranging from gently humorous to painfully unfunny, most of the latter of which revolve around the female support group that Eve joins, called W.O.M.B. (Women on a Mission to have a Baby) and headed by a wisecracking leader (Mo Gaffney). Too often, the screenplay traffics in cliches, from the opening montage of various animals coupling -- set to the recording of, naturally, "Let's Get It On" -- to a couple of episodes involving a sympathetic traffic cop.

The screenplay also places a strange emphasis on humor involving phone companies, from one-liners (a sperm count is described as being so high "it's more than people save on Sprint") to an unfunny running gag about intrusive sales calls from alternative phone services.

The film is at its most effective when it doesn't strain too hard for laughs, when it simply explores the minor comic realities of such situations as Eve's having to inject herself with a syringe. There are some amusing one-liners ("I'm no Tony Randall", Adam says by way of objecting to Eve's plans), and Corinne Bohrer is very funny and highly appealing as the increasingly beleaguered Eve. Although she's forced to try too hard at times -- she shouldn't have been made to imitate a sprinkler -- her combination of perky adorableness and vulnerability is thoroughly winning.


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Credits: Director: Bob Weis; Screenplay: Diane Fredel-Weis; Producer: Avi Haas, Bob Weis; Director of photography: Charles Cohen; Editor: Charles Ireland. Cast:

Eve: Corinne Bohrer; Adam: Jonathan Penner; Rachel: Mo Gaffney. No MPAA rating.

Color/stereo. Running time -- 90 minutes.


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