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THE BASTER: Eugenides takes on the rom-com


The story, which was first printed in The New Yorker in 1996, began like this: “Mix semen of three men. Stir vigorously. Fill turkey baster. Recline. Insert nozzle. Squeeze.” I can’t say how faithful the film adaptation will be. It stars Jason Bateman and Jennifer Aniston and is directed by the two men responsible for BLADES OF GLORY, but it’s based on a story by Jeffrey Eugenides (THE VIRGIN SUICIDES, MIDDLESEX) so I’m still excited (more excitement: it also stars my lifelong crush Jeff Goldblum). I don’t mean to dig at Bateman and Aniston. Both have proven themselves capable actors, but it’s hard not to groan when you hear their names alongside the blessed compound, rom-com. But back to Eugenides, who continues his fascination with the behavior of sperm. Here is a synopsis from imdb.com:

“An unmarried 40-year-old woman turns to a turkey baster in order to become pregnant. Seven years later, she reunites with her best friend,who has been living with a secret: he replaced her preferred sperm sample with his own.”

And hilarity ensues! Oh, Jeffrey, you kidder.

THE BASTER, currently shooting in NY, is due out from Miramax in 2010.