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And Baby Makes Two

This short documentary about single motherhood follows eight women in a support group as they try to either get pregnant or adopt an infant. Conventionally assembled, it focuses on the women's ambivalence about raising children without partners. That the group is somewhat homogeneous— professional, heterosexual Manhattanites— makes the film less than comprehensive, but it's affecting nonetheless, particularly with a birth scene and the first glimpse of a much-longed-for adopted daughter. The issue of single motherhood as a societal hot button— seven years after Dan Quayle's Murphy Brown speech— is secondary to family dynamics. We see disappointment and disapproval from the parents of these women, then gradual acceptance. As one mother says about her daughter's efforts to adopt, "I feel like she's coming out of an adolescent phase."


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