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directed by Barney Cheng
USA/Taiwan 2015


Taiwanese gay man Danny (writer/director Barney Cheng) has made a life for himself in Los Angeles as an executive in a loving relationship with illustrator Tate (Michael Adam Hamilton, THE 10 YEAR PLAN), but he must hide his true self for the sake of his mother (Grace Guei, EAT DRINK MAN WOMAN) whenever he visits home and especially whenever his aunts ask when he is going to settle down and have children. Danny does want children, having lost his father at a young age, but surrogacy was not what his mother would have hoped for. Tate, having been neglected by career-driven parents but happily raised by the neighboring Lin family (hence, his fluency in Chinese), also has his doubts about what a child will mean to their relationship. When his mother visits Los Angeles, she takes over Danny's search, steamrolling over his interviews with prospective surrogate. When Danny is laid off, he decides to outsource to India at a reputable clinic, but his mother insists upon an Asian mother and wants to be able to take care of her during the pregnancy. They finally arrive at a compromise as Danny finds a seemingly ideal egg donor and his mother presses Indonesian maid Mickey (Love Fang) to carry the fertilized egg. Both sides are holding back secrets however, with mother and Mickey skirting surrogacy laws in Taiwan and Danny and Tate deceiving her about the identity of the donor (and of the sperm). While advertised as more of a light-hearted comedy with the tagline "Two gay dads. One meddling tiger mom. What could go wrong?", BABY STEPS has some camp humor provided by a Danny's sassy single mother best friend (Yvette Mercedes) and a butch TSA officer (Chrisanne Eastwood), but it is for the most part an affecting family drama in which a baby is not a gay couple's latest accessory but something meant to address an emotional need, and the so-called tiger mom is domineering and concerned about what her sons' mates are bringing to the family genetically but also just as concerned about what people will think as her son's happiness (telling him that it would be so much easier for him to have the child he wanted if he were straight while seemingly oblivious of his emotional needs).

Eric Cotenas


Theatrical Release: 15 August 2017 (USA)

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DVD Review: Gravitas Ventures - Region 0 - NTSC

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Gravitas Ventures

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:42:06

2.38:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.48 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio English/Chinese Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Gravitas Ventures

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.38:1

Edition Details:
� Trailer (16:9; 1:37)

DVD Release Date: August 15th, 2017

Chapters 10




Gravitas Ventures' manufactured-on-demand DVD-R presents a serviceable mid-range bitrate progressive, anamorphic widescreen transfer of a cleanly-shot and -graded HD production. The original mix has been preserved in a Dolby Digital 5.1 track but there is no subtitle track for just the Chinese dialogue. Instead we have identical subtitle and closed captioning tracks that translate the Chinese dialogue in regular sentence case and transcribe the English dialogue in all caps. There are no extras except for the film's trailer.

The film is also available on manufactured-on-demand BD-R.

  - Eric Cotenas


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