Conception (film)

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Directed byJosh Stolberg
Produced byLeila Charles Leigh
Stephanie Sherrin
Josh Stolberg
Written byJosh Stolberg
StarringPamela Adlon
David Arquette
Aaron Ashmore
Moon Bloodgood
Julie Bowen
Connie Britton
Jennifer Finnigan
Tim Griffin
Steve Howey
Sarah Hyland
Jennifer Jostyn
Leila Leigh
Jason Mantzoukas
America Olivo
Leah Pipes
Matt Prokop
Jonathan Silverman
Gregory Smith
Alan Tudyk
Music byCody Westheimer
CinematographyNoah Rosenthal
Edited byNaomi Sunrise Filoramo
Distributed byTribeca Film
Release date
  • April 2011 (2011-04) (Newport Beach International Film Festival)
Running time
87 minutes
CountryUnited States

Conception is a 2011 American comedy drama film written and directed by Josh Stolberg, with an ensemble cast including Pamela Adlon, David Arquette and Jason Mantzoukas.[1] The film is produced by Leila Charles Leigh, Stephanie Sherrin, and Josh Stolberg for Rock It Productions.


The film opens with a group of students wanting to know where babies come from and the teacher not knowing exactly how to explain. This bookends multiple scenes relating to conception that feature the experiences and complications of nine various and contrasting couples, some wishing for a baby, others shocked by the prospect and others with confused feelings.


The Couples

  • Alan Tudyk as Mark – married to Gwen, he is sex-deprived due to Gwen recently having a baby
  • Jennifer Jostyn as Gwen – married to Mark, sleep-deprived mother who recently gave birth; she doesn’t like what the first pregnancy did to her body.

  • Jonathan Silverman as Brad – married to Laurie, they argue to keep his sex life going.
  • Jennifer Finnigan as Laurie – married to Brad, they argue to keep her sex life going.

  • America Olivo as Gina – married to Tommy, they also argue to keep their relationship going.
  • Tim Griffin as Tommy – married to Gina, they also argue to keep their relationship going.

  • Jason Mantzoukas as Brian – married to Gloria, he is squeamish about injecting his wife with hormones to help them conceive.
  • Connie Britton as Gloria – married to Brian, she is a nurse who at age 40 wants a baby.

  • Moon Bloodgood as Nikki – a lesbian who is with Tay, they have a donated container of sperm for her to get pregnant.
  • Pamela Adlon as Tay – a lesbian who is with Nikki.

  • Sarah Hyland as Tracey – partner of J.T.’s, a teenager who trades her virginity for J.T.'s vow to eat vegetarian.
  • Matt Prokop as J.T. – partner of Tracey, vows to eat vegetarian to have sex with Tracey.

  • Julie Bowen as Tiffany – a divorcee with a daughter, who gets her boy-toy to make a sex video.
  • Gregory Smith as Will – a much younger partner of Tiffany’s.

  • Aaron Ashmore as Eric – partner with Carla, they are on the verge of a breakup due to his bad habits.
  • Leah Pipes as Carla – partner of Eric.

  • Steve Howey as Joel – paired with Bree, they are on a blind date together.
  • Leila Leigh as Bree – paired with Joel.

Other Cast:

  • David Arquette as Paul Reynolds – an elementary school teacher
  • Caitlin Carmichael as Lucy
  • Michelle Coyle as Mabel
  • DJ Sauceda as Dylan
  • Caleb Alexander Cohen as Interview Kid
  • Jacob Nathaniel as Art school kid
  • Isabella Cuda as Interview girl
  • Xander Stolberg as Alex
  • Jason Schmidt as Best Friend
  • Asher Stolberg as Reggie

Critical reception[edit]

In his review of Conception for Variety Dennis Harvey considered that: "There are a lot of attractive, likable thesps here, but their material is just so-so. Most of the sketch-like storylines just hit the same note over and over, without the kind of bright dialogue or offbeat twists that might make them pop." [2]

Kirk Honeycutt, reviewing Conception for The Hollywood Reporter wrote: "Writer-director Josh Stolberg ... keeps the pace brisk yet allows each couple enough time for soul searching or intense confrontations to highlight the nature of their relationships." [3]

For his review at DVD Talk, Francis Rizzo III rated Conception three and a half stars from five and commented: "Stolberg manages an impressive feat by bringing together these tales in a way that keeps you engaged ... Fans of character studies should definitely give it a look, and if you enjoy Mantzoukas, it's a must see." [4]


  1. ^ Weingus, Leigh (2012-01-27). "'Conception' Trailer: Connie Britton, David Arquette And More Take On The Road To Parenthood (VIDEO)". The Huffington Post. Archived from the original on 2012-04-16. Retrieved 2013-04-15.
  2. ^ Harvey, Dennis (11 April 2011). "Conception". Archived from the original on 19 October 2016. Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Conception: Movie Review". Archived from the original on 12 October 2016. Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  4. ^ "Conception". DVD Talk. Archived from the original on 18 August 2014. Retrieved 29 July 2018.

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