Baby Steps is a USA/Taiwan/China co-production that deals with several hot button issues for LGBT couples, from dealing with disapproving parents with culturally outdated views to the more pressing issue for the central characters- finding an appropriate international surrogate who is not only able to carry their baby, but be deemed acceptable by Danny’s conservative mother (Ya-Lei Kuei).
The lead role of Danny is played by writer/director Barney Cheng, who as an openly gay Taiwanese-American, has no doubt infused the screenplay with many autobiographical elements. The film adds a personal touch to topics ranging from the controversies surrounding surrogacy and LGBT couples in different countries and cultures, to the tricky path of receiving acceptance from a family member who will avoid coming to terms with your sexuality at every possible moment. In addition to this, it also offers a fresh take on the romance genre; instead of focusing on the couple’s transition from relationship to marriage, Baby Steps devotes more time on exploring the steps needed for the couple (played by Cheng and Michael Adam Hamilton) to grow their family unit.
Baby Steps is a crowd pleasing film, crossing genres as diverse as the fish out of water comedy (plenty of laughs arise when Danny’s mother visits LA), to a heartfelt, against the odds drama as the couple battle their way to have a child together. The end result is an emotive, feel good experience designed to make you fall in love with these characters and root for them to find the perfect surrogate.
“Here’s an LGBT film created by and starring Asian-Americans that is seldom less than pleasant and definitely worth applauding.”
— Huffington Post
“It’s also a touching coming-out story — not of a gay man, but of a mother struggling to be part of her son’s life.”
— San Francisco Chronicle
Did You Know?
Director Barney Cheng was inspired to make Baby Steps as an attempt to have a dialogue with his estranged mother. In the film Grace Guei who plays Ma is known as the Meryl Streep of Asia who also starred in the gay themed film The Wedding Banquet. Review our Gay Themed Films Here