XenForo Template Miss Conception Release Date: August 5, 2008 Studio: First Look Studios Packaging/Materials: Single-disc DVD case Year: 2008 Rating: R Running Time: 1h44m (mislabeled as 1h34m) Video: 2.35:1 anamorphic Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Stereo Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish MSRP: $24.98 The Feature: 3/5 Georgina (Heather Graham) really wants to be a mother, but her boyfriend Zak (Tom Ellis) isn't interested in being a father so that's it for the relationship. What's worse, she's then diagnosed with early menopause. In fact, she only has one egg left and two weeks before she ovulates. With the help of her best friend Clem (Mia Kirshner) she goes on the hunt for a solution before her time runs out, solutions that range from the awkward (personal ads) to unethical (picking up men at a funeral, though it is one the funnier scenes). Though the obvious answer would be to harvest and freeze her remaining egg, an idea that's quickly dismissed by the fertility specialist, Georgina wants a baby now and she'll do just about anything to get it. But then again, maybe that boyfriend of hers will come around. Enjoying "Miss Conception" will ultimately come down to how willing you are to overlook a gigantic, hastily filled plot hole. That is, what's wrong with that egg freezing idea? The answer of course, is that it wouldn't give us a movie, though the filmmakers do their best to convince us of Georgina's desperation to be pregnant. The other puzzler is why this was made in the United Kingdom with American actresses when I'm sure there were plenty of British actresses up for the parts. Or why the film wasn't simply set in America, saving Graham and Kirshner the need to put on accents? All that aside, the film is surprisingly entertaining. Graham seems to have the generic British accent down and handles the comedic subtleties and sometimes slapstick well. And Kirshner is endearing as the somewhat self-involved, brittle best friend. The only low spot in the cast is the overacting Ruta Gedmintas who plays an American princess vying for Zak's affections. The ending is storybook - and it'd be silly to expect anything else - but there are enough setbacks and false leads to actually make you wonder how it will end. Though not on par with Bridget Jones (despite what some of the publicity may say), "Miss Conception" is at least worthy of a rental. Video Quality: 4/5 Accurately framed at 2.35:1 the picture is free of physical defects and edge enhancement. Black levels are generally stable and deep, with a few scenes looking a bit dull. With a muted color palette contrast can look a bit flat, but it's fitting for the overcast London climate. Detail is decent with a slight drop in some of the wider shots. Noise is visible is some of the fine detail areas, but is not distracting. Audio Quality: 3/5 The Dolby Digital 5.1 track gets the job done in a dialogue driven film. Surround activity is solely for support of the soundtrack with no noticeable LFE, though the music has some nice bass at times. The stereo option exists for those who want it, but most will likely prefer the discrete mix for its clearer dialogue. Special Features: 2/5 Behind the Scenes (8m32s): Cast and crew contribute to a straightforward featurette about the film. Trailer (1m02s) Previews: Jack and Jill vs. the World, Meet Bill, War, Inc., August, American Crime, Christmas Caper, The Neighbor Recap The Feature: 3/5 Video Quality: 4/5 Audio Quality: 3/5 Special Features: 2/5 Overall Score (not an average): 3/5 Surprisingly endearing film in the spirit of Bridget Jones gets decent audio and video treatment but a slim special features package.