“You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”
That quotes was a one of the classic quotes from The Princess Bride. It was uttered by Inigo Montoya to Vizzini the Sicilian after his repeated use of the word, “Inconceivable.”
It is an all time great joke, one of many from the film, and it is always what I go back to when I hear the word “inconceivable.”
Of course, this is nothing like The Princess Bride, unfortunately. It is much more like Fatal Attraction, only with babies. The Hand that Rocks the Cradle, anyone?
This film reunites Nic Cage and Gina Gershon from Face/Off as Brian and Angela, a married couple who have been having issues with having a baby.
Inconceivable. Get it.
Brian and Angela went to a company that provided donor eggs, and they had one implanted in Angela, and she gave birth to a beautiful little girl. Meanwhile, the donor had also given birth to a baby girl. And I guess there was a third embryo somewhere.
The donor turned out to be Katie (Nicky Whelan) who was a mysterious woman who moved to town with her daughter to escape an abusive past. However, she we learn quite quickly that Katie had a serious issue… with murder.
Katie ingratiated herself into Brian and Angela’s life, becoming close friends and ending up as their surrogate. This was after she had seduced and then murdered the woman they had initially intended on having be the surrogate.
Oh, spoilers, but let’s face it, you weren’t going to watch this anyway, were you?
Katie does her predictable best to gaslight the former addict Angela while keeping the secret that she is the egg producer of all of the kids on screen. Meanwhile, for most of this movie, Nic Cage was reduced to the bumbling husband who can’t believe his wife when she was telling him what was going on because… I guess because he is just dumb.
The acting is poor, especially since we had two solid performers in Cage and Gershon. Oh, and Faye Dunaway is here too. She is Donna, Cage’s mother who suspects Katie at first, until the time when she needs to suspect her. Dunaway was better here than she was in Bye Bye Man, though…so there is that.
The script tries to have a twist at the end, but it was very much predictable and, story wise, unnecessary. But that could be a description of the entire movie of Inconceivable. It would have felt more at home on Lifetime as a movie of the week.