Return to Zero

Synopsis: RETURN TO ZERO is based on the true story of a successful couple preparing for the arrival of their first child. Just weeks before their due date they discover that their son has died in the womb and will be stillborn. Lives and relationship forever altered by the loss, they try to cope through denial, escape and alcohol, but nothing can save their marriage. And that's when they discover that they're again pregnant (from a last ditch 'save the marriage' getaway to Las Vegas), and must come together to face a turbulent and terrifying pregnancy.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Sean Hanish
Production: Cannonball Productions
  Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 7 nominations.
104 min


Round your back, please.

That's it.

This is the local.

It is in preparation

for the epidural.

We've also just started

a pitocin drip

Which should induce labor within

the next eight hours or so.

It's hard to grasp what a

contraction actually feels like.

So I want each of you,

partners and dads included,

To grab an ice cube

and grip it in your hand

As hard and as long as you can.

I'm gonna time you.

It's a piece of cake.

Oh, you won't get in our pool

unless it's 90 degrees.

Which is why I built a Jacuzzi.

Okay. Begin.

This exercise is to illustrate

How different

each of our pain thresholds are.

A woman's pain threshold

Is often quite a bit more

than a man's.

Ohh, did you hear that?


Quite a bit.


Quite a bit higher than a man's.

You're a man.

Now, if it gets to be

too much for you,

You're perfectly welcome

to just let go.

I think she's talking to you.

I think she's talking directly to you.



46 seconds.

I've seen worse.


We're gonna need more booze.

Mom's friends are going through

it like it's spring break.

Are you eating the cake?


Are you eating the cake?


You're eating the cake.

Shh. Shh. Shh.

Did you see what...


What was that for?

When was the last time

I pulled you in the hallway

To tell you how much I love you?



Then I'm a damn fool.

It's Saturday.

I know.

You have to get that.

We got company.

Wow! Remind me to have your mom

plan my baby shower.

This isn't even my baby shower.

I know.

That's my point exactly.

Looks at this, amazing.

Look at all these people.

I know. They're all mom's friends

off facebook. What are you gonna do?

Tweedledee and tweedledum.

Oh, that never gets old,


Mom, what part of "no presents"

do people not understand?

Oh, they're mostly

from your dad and me.

And don't worry... They're gender-Neutral.


Isn't this perfect that

you're having a baby together?

Tell me how excited you are.

Oh, just beyond.

It's beyond, right?

It's her third baby, mom.

I know.

But it's special.

This is one special.

You're having a baby

together. See?

Look at that. Aww.

Oh, yeah. Baby bump!

Are you gonna make us bump?

Let's bump. Boom!

Oh, the baby bumps bumped.

You are hammered!


Oh, Aidan! Jack!

I am gonna sell both of you!

Excuse me.

Oh, she's mad.



I think your friend Marylin

was been a bit over-Served.

Why, what happened?


Tossed her cookies

in your bougainvillea.

What?! Ohh.

Remember she did that at our house?

I'll just get the power washer

and hose it down for you.

What do you think?

Ohh, yeah.

Johnny-On-The-Spot dad.


What is wrong with your friends?

Are they 17?

I know.

No, they're drunks.

Really, they are.

A lot of them are drunks.


Can we cut the cake?

I want to find out what it is!


You made the cake!

Um, before we do this...

Oh, just cut it already!




Oh, it's a boy!

A boy.

Whoo! It's a boy!

Congratulations, grandma.

It's a boy!

I wanted a boy.


There you go.

Congratulations, grandma.

It's a boy!

Here's to getting it right

the first time!

Would you...

Hey, is that necessary?



Oh, my god!

Only for boys!

Only for boys.

It's delicious.

So you know

I'm gonna be gone

For three months

to be with the baby.

That's why I wanted to talk you.

We're gonna talk about strategy

So you don't lose any momentum.

I sent the application in

last week.

That's great!

Oh, what if I don't get in?

You got to think

positively, Laura.

Intention is very powerful.

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Sean Hanish

Sean Hanish is an American film writer, producer and director best known for Return to Zero and Sister Cities. He is also a multi-award-winning commercial director and the President of Cannonball Productions. With the success of his first two feature films, Sean has established "A business template that has allowed Hanish to make more movies on his own terms — and even turn a small profit for investors."Sean is a member of the Directors Guild of America (DGA), the Writers Guild of America (WGA), and the Producers Guild of America (PGA). more…

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