By turns touching and exasperating, "The Baby Borrowers" seems at first to be the ultimate parental revenge fantasy -- we'll show those know-it-all-teens what it means to be adult. But it winds up surprisingly nuanced. Sure, there's emotional comeuppance galore, but "The Baby Borrowers" also quickly makes it clear that it's just as difficult to be 18 as it is to be a parent. Which is why the two, perhaps, should not coincide.
With requisite geographic, racial and class diversity, the five couples share one thing -- the belief that they are ready to get on with it. That belief is not completely universal -- Sean and Kelsey entered this experiment with opposing agendas. Kelsey wants to prove that they're ready to become a family, and Sean wants her to stand down for a while. Cory and Alicea believe that young parents have a more instant empathy with children. The others -- Austin and Kelly, Jordan and Sasha, and Daton and Morgan -- are hoping to prove themselves as responsible adults and see if their relationships are heading toward marriage.
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