The Surrogate

With all the technology in today’s world having children has taken on another level. Gay male couples can hire surrogates so they are biologically related to their children. Tests can be done early on in the pregnancy which let the future parents know if their child has any health or chromozone issues. Options are open, but it doesn’t seem to make things any easier. Actually, it is harder.

Things start great for Jess (Jasmine Batchelor – appeared in episodes of The Affair and The Good Fight) and her friend Josh (Chris Perfetti – appeared in episodes of Blue Bloods and Gotham). Josh and his partner Aaron (Sullivan Jones – appeared in episodes of Parks and Recreation and House of Cards) want to have a child and Jess agrees to be their surrogate/egg donor. Things go smoothly until week 14 when test results come back and shock all three.

They find out that the baby is going to have a genetic disorder – Down syndrome. Josh and Aaron decide that they don’t want to have the baby. Jess is not so sure. She speaks to her sister (Eboni Booth – appeared in episodes of Daredevil and The Americans) and parents and they do not encourage her to have the baby on her own, but she is still considering it.

The bond between the three involved here has to be strong. They are going to have a child together. When a spoke is firmly put into the wheel things hit a tree. The friendship between Jess and Josh is jeopardized. Jess begins to question everything. Her job. Her family. A world which is not accomodating to people with disabilities. Whether she is up to raising a Down syndrome child on her own.

Big life issues are addressed here. As a result you think about what you would do if in the same situation. Your mind is whirring. And that is a good thing. A good thing. Films should not only entertain you, but they should, or the good ones anyway, prod you to think. Think about different issues. Think about what you believe in. Think about what you would do in the same situation that the characters find themselves in.

Director/screenwriter Jeremy Hersh accomplishes just that. He does that without the luxury of a large budget. You can tell this film was made on a small budget. That is not allowed to get in the way of the story. Hersh demonstrates himself to have a vision and be a true storyteller.

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