Can you imagine, to hopefully have kids one day, having to go to a room where everyone knows what you are doing and… you know.


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Film Summary

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Rob has testicular cancer, so the idea is he should freeze his sperm so that, in the future, he can have kids. However, everything about the act, from the nurse to the porn to his friends cheering him on and what he will go through to be free of cancer, makes ejaculation far more difficult than anyone seems to appreciate.

Character Descriptions

Please Note: This character guide is not an exhaustive list of every cast member, and character descriptions may contain what can be considered spoilers.

Rob

Rob is a young man with cancer that, since it is what you assumingly do, is getting his sperm frozen since he specifically has stage 4 testicular cancer.

Review

Our Rating: Mixed (Divisive)

Highlights

How The Humor Balances Out With A Serious Situation

Often, jokes are based on something taboo. Whether it is something people are uncomfortable talking about or is something that is considered not for general conversation. So to have it where, in a movie, tv show, or live performance address that taboo subject, it can lead to shock and potentially laughter. For comedy is often about making a safe space to laugh, even if at something horrible.

Case in point, a man having testicular cancer. Yes, his having stage 4 means he is at a very dangerous place where the cancer can metastasize and kill him. Also, considering how much manhood is defined by your genital appearance and potentially your ability to have kids, we’re dealing with a very heavy subject matter.

But, at the same time, having to masturbate in what looks like a doctor’s office, using porn and a device, who knows how many people touched? Never mind, have everyone in the building know why you entered a room? That’s awkward and weird but also funny. I mean, masturbation is funny because you know most people can do it and probably do it, especially when they don’t have a sex partner, yet it is a dirty subject. From the act itself to what gets you off, to where you get off, whether you use toys, lube, socks, or what have you? There is so much fodder for a joke as you get people to move past how uncomfortable they are and can address how ridiculous it is to avoid the elephant in the room.

On The Fence

Sometimes You May Wish They Reeled In The Comedy

With that said, Rob’s friends do the most in such a way that isn’t funny. Them getting the whole building to clap for Rob to cum, and then go out on the streets? Honestly, this on-the-fence topic wouldn’t exist if they were cut from the short.

General Information

Director(s) Margaux Susi
Screenplay By Rob Scerbo, Jeremy Culhane
Based On Rob Scerbo’s Cancer Journey
Date Released (Film Festival – Tribeca Film Festival) June 19, 2023
Genre(s) Comedy, Drama, Young Adult
Film Length 15 Minutes
Content Rating Not Rated
Noted Characters and Cast
Rob Scerbo Rob Scerbo

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What Is “The Sperm Bank” Rated And Why?

“The Sperm Bank” is not rated but features cursing and an x-ray depiction of male genitals.

Rob Scerbo
The Sperm Bank (2023) – Movie Review and Summary (with Spoilers)
Overall
"The Sperm Bank" may get a little too silly at times, but when it just focuses on what Rob is going through, it is a wonderful depiction of dealing with cancer and finding the comedy within what most find daunting.
Sometimes You May Wish They Reeled In The Comedy
75
How The Humor Balances Out With A Serious Situation
83
Highlights
How The Humor Balances Out With A Serious Situation
Disputable
Sometimes You May Wish They Reeled In The Comedy
79

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