BROKEN LIZARD, the boys behind "Super Troopers" and "Beerfest," are growing up. "The Babymakers," the comedy troupe's fifth film, is about the pursuit of parenthood in the face of infertility. Never fear, their taste hasn't matured at all. Their newest movie is still a two-hour compilation of boob-shots and semen jokes, but the subject matter has aged with the Broken Lizard crew.
Tommy (Paul Schneider, a considerably better actor than this movie lets him be) and Audrey (Olivia Munn) want a baby but are having trouble conceiving. Tommy is convinced it's not his fault — he donated sperm in order to buy Audrey a wedding ring. But years of testicular trauma had led to his infertility. Tommy locates the one vial of his seed still left and hatches a plan with his buddies Wade (Broken Lizard member Kevin Heffernan) and Zig-Zag (Nat Faxon, recent Academy Award-winner for Best Adapted Screenplay for "The Descendants") and former Indian mob heavy Ron Jon (director Jay Chandrasekhar) to steal his sperm back.
For such an action-packed premise, it feels inert. Even a scene of Heffernan slipping and sliding his way through the fertility-clinic specimens doesn't elicit laughter. "The Babymakers" has a stronger narrative arc than Broken Lizard's previous films, but that doesn't better serve the gross-out sight gags or the flat one-liners.