From Here To Paternity (Movie Thoughts: Paternity Leave)

MV5BMTUxNDc0ODUyNl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwOTU0NDQxNzE@._V1_SY317_CR4,0,214,317_AL_Just the other day, I saw an article wherein there are studies being developed so trans gendered and biological males are able to have babies, through uterine transplants.

“I’d bet just about every transgender person who is female will want to do it, if it were covered by insurance,” says Dr. Christine McGinn, a New Hope, Pa., plastic surgeon who performs transgender surgeries on men and women and is a consultant to the new movie The Danish Girl, about one of the first recipients of sex reassignment surgery.

Of course, the very same day, I saw “Paternity Leave,” where a gay couple has unprotected sex and one of them gets pregnant. I didn’t really know how to take Matt Riddlehoover’ movie –  is it a comedy, or a drama with political leanings (equal rights for men having babies via paternity leave) and there seems to be a little bit of imbalance in tone, but I thought the movie was pretty worthwhile because the performances are so good you just…believe.  Jacob York and Charlie David stars as that couple, and they have a natural dyed-in-the-wool chemistry that’s fun to watch. When Greg (York) shows symptoms of being a pregnant woman, Ken (David) shows incredulity that’s expected. And the way that the characters deal with this is realistic, and you know that the writers (Riddlehoover and his partner Dustin Tittle) know gay relationships and how they work. I don’t know if the comparisons to Riddlehoover being a gay Woody Allen is merited, but he seems to be taking it by heart, by infusing jazz instrumentals in the movie like Allen would, and while that’s fine, it’s a bit on the pretentious side. A lot of reviews have singled out Chris Salvatore’s performance as Thomas, as the doula/birthing coach, and yes it’s a cute performance but nothing more – York and David own the movie, and you just go along for the ride.

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