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Paternal Instinct (2004)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Romance | 31 July 2004 (USA)
Two boys in search of a surrogate mother for their child.


Murray Nossel
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Cast overview:
Erik Erik ... Himself
Mark Eisenhardt Mark Eisenhardt ... Himself (as Mark)
Barbara Eisenhardt Barbara Eisenhardt ... Herself - Mark's Mother (as Barb)
Larry Larry ... Himself - Mark's Father
Marit Marit ... Herself - Erik's Mother (as Marit)
Wendy Murphy Wendy Murphy ... Herself (as Wen)
Simon Simon ... Himself - A Friend
Deb Deb ... Herself - Neighbor
Drew Drew ... Himself - Wen's Son
Sarah Ackerly Sarah Ackerly ... Herself - Midwife (as Sarah)
Curtis Curtis ... Himself - Wen's Husband
John Eisenhardt John Eisenhardt ... Himself - Mark's Brother (as John)


Long time New York City gay male couple Mark and Erik want to have a baby. When they find Wen, a wiccan who lives in Maine, to be their surrogate, they embark on a wondrous journey of self discovery, joy, disappointment, grief, and joy again, with themselves, their own families, and their new family. Written by trivwhiz

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The road to fatherhood is not always a straight one


Not Rated






Release Date:

31 July 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Instinto Paterno See more »

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Black and White (archive footage: home movies)| Color
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Executive Producer Sheila Nevins is President of Documentary and Family Programming for HBO and Cinemax. See more »


Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be Will Be)
Written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
Performed by Holly Cole Trio as (Holly Cole)
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Touching, surprisingly funny...true drama
18 April 2004 | by katzcats5See all my reviews

This movie takes the viewer on a journey through the initial discussions between Mark and Eric about whether and how to have children, to the long-awaited conclusion. In the process, we are treated to many glimpses of their loving and playful relationship, friendships, and loving, somewhat offbeat, relationships with their own parents. We also meet Wen, the chosen surrogate, and her family and community. This movie is extremely touching and surprisingly funny. The insemination scenes, for example, had the audience howling. It was a real treat to "meet" each person in this movie, including Wen's own (pre-adolescent?) son. If you get the chance to see this movie, it is the chance to witness a small gem.

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