Tomatometer: 30% Audience Score: 69% IMDb: 5.3
With only ten reviews in, Inconceivable doesn’t have enough feedback to warrant a rotten or mixed consensus. But still, the fact that only ten critics bothered to put up a review on Rotten Tomatoes is an indicator of the disdain for the movie. That being said, our Inconceivable review will show plenty to love about this film to give it a “Not So Rotten” distinction.
At its core, Inconceivable is a movie about two mothers and their fight to protect their daughters. Angela (Gina Gershon) is married to Brian (Nicolas Cage, the one and only) and they have a daughter, Cora, together. Angela’s history with pregnancy is fraught with tragedies, countless miscarriages that led Brian and her to use an anonymous egg donor for Cora.
On the other side of the coin, we have Katie (Nicky Whelan). She’s presented as a mother fleeing an abusive relationship to protect her daughter, Maddie, and her path of escape leads her to befriend Angela and Linda (former WWE wrestler Eva Marie), Angela’s close friend. The trio becomes hearty friends just as Angela and Brian decide to have another kid, but another complication forces her to rely on egg donors and a surrogate. Who’s going to be the donor? Who’s going to be the surrogate? And where do Linda and Katie fall into the scheme of things? Katie’s arrival in the neighborhood is no coincidence, and her killer instincts reveal themselves when Angela and Brian choose Linda to be their surrogate.
The entire plot can be boiled down to pregnancy complications, making Inconceivable a perfectly scandalous B-movie for home viewing. It’s available on Netflix after all. There’s a star-studded cast with Faye Dunaway in tow (as Brian’s mother), and not to forget him even though he was mentioned earlier, Nicolas Cage. It’s a rare instance where Cage comes to play as a supporting character, opting not to upstage the women of the movie with his natural gravitas. I mean, when was the last time he wasn’t a lead? It’s relatively uncharted territory for him, and it’s an eye-opener. If you wanted to see what Nicolas Cage was like as a dad, this is the opportunity you’ve been waiting for all along.
His opening scene has Brian going for a jog in the morning, rocking that dad bod before returning home to Gina Gershon’s Angela. After some cuddle time, he gets ready to leave for work in his Harley Davidson, but not before Angela warns him to ride it safely. Oh Gina, if only you knew what Nicolas was up to in those Ghost Rider movies. Cage is entirely domesticated for this outing, a stark departure from almost all his recent productions and its fun to watch. He takes his child to the zoo. He organizes a surprise party for his wife. He has brunch with his mom. Nicolas Cage has turned a new leaf, and it’s refreshing. Good for him.
While Nick Cage is on the up and up, the women of the film have sunk to new lows. Jealousy, paranoia, and hysteria. Just to name a few of their troubling emotional states. The ladies are presented front and center through some conventionally undesirable stereotypes, but it’s all par for the course with B-movies. Angela is the wife and mother who diligently attempts to juggle both work and family, getting some help from prescription medication. Katie is the mysterious femme fatale, a newcomer to the area with so many different layers to her, an onion that when peeled makes you cry and go WTF. Whelan’s character is the primary source of mystery in the film and rightfully so. She elevates the stakes of the film from “pregnancy drama” to “pregnancy mystery & thriller,” her actions pushing the plot further and further in twisted directions. A single smile or look could mean one thing in one place and another just a few minutes later. Director Jonathan Baker reveals Katie’s past slowly over time, unraveling it with discoveries other characters make and with flashbacks triggered by events and objects of the present. Baker relies on traditional techniques within the genre to fuel the story, and it serves well given the standards of the movie.
The film is inconceivable in many ways. Nicolas Cage as a nurturing father. A mystery/thriller using pregnancy and surrogacy to drive its story. Everything about Inconceivable is perfect for a direct-to-streaming release, and it means that you can watch this flick today, right now.
- Nicolas Cage as a doting father is a sight for the ages.
- The back and forth rollercoaster ride for Gershon and Whelan delivers plenty of good moments. You’re bound to be rooting for one of the ladies. Mostly one lady, though.
- A stellar A-list cast for a B-grade movie.
- The film picks up its pace very quickly. There won’t be any yawning unless it’s the characters on screen.
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Movie Info (From Hollywood Reporter)
Production: Grindstone Entertainment Group, Emmett Furla Oasis Films, Baker Entertainment Group
Distributor: Lionsgate Premiere
Cast: Gina Gershon, Nicky Whelan, Nicolas Cage, Sienna Soho Baker, Harlow Bottarini, Natalie Eva Marie, Faye Dunaway, Jonathan Baker
Director: Jonathan Baker
Screenwriter: Chloe King
Producers: Jonathan Baker, Hilary Shor, Mark Stewart, Randall Emmett, George Furla
Executive producers: Barry Brooker, Stan Wertlieb, Robert Jones, Wayne Marc Godfrey, Michael Burns, Vance Owen, Steven Saxton, Ted Fox, Kevin Koloff, Jenny Ljungberg, Daniel Herter, Delphine Perrier, Arianne Fraser, Henry Winterstern
Director of photography: Brandon Cox
Production designer: Niko Vilaivongs
Costume designer: Bonnie Stauch
Editor: Richard Byard
Casting: Michelle Lange
Rated R, 105 minutes