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Consider it one of those accidents, happy or otherwise, that MTV’s “Generation Cryo” — about a 17-year-old girl seeking her 15 half-siblings sired by a sperm donor — happens to arrive around the same time as “Delivery Man,” a Vince Vaughn comedy about a guy who discovers he’s responsible for hundreds of progeny via a fertility clinic. Yet if the MTV show touches on some serious and thoughtful issues, including the age-old question about nature vs. nurture, as well as what really constitutes fatherhood in this context, it gets there in a semi-trite, “This journey is gonna change my life forever” way.

Perhaps that’s because the show has to go through various contortions to extend the “journey” of Breeanna, raised her first few years by a lesbian couple, beyond simply visiting the Donor Sibling Registry and seeing whether her sperm donor, the faceless No. 1096, has any interest in meeting her. »

- Brian Lowry

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