SNL alumni Tina Fey
and Amy Poehler attend birthing class in Baby
Tina Fey receives positive
energy from wild-and-crazy guy Steve Martin
in Baby Mama.
You know that awkward moment when a friend shows you
snapshots of the ugliest baby youve ever seen,
and you feel compelled to lie and say it is the most
beautiful baby in the world. All babies are cute in
some manner, but youre mumbling under your breath
about the Dumbo ears. The movie Baby Mama brings that
feeling to mind.
Written and directed by Saturday Night Lives Michael
McCullers, same person to bring Austin Powers to life,
the movie stars Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, both SNL alumni.
The films centers around Kate Holbrook (Fey) a 37-year-old
single executive with a grandfather of a biological
clock. Kate is determined to have a baby whatever the
cost or procedure. After failed insemination attempts,
she learns her chances of pregnancy are one in
a million. Kate then enlists the help of Chaffee
Bicknell played by Sigourney Weaver.
The very fertile Bicknell runs an agency for would-be
mothers seeking a surrogate. Through the agency, Kate
hires Angie Ostrowski (Poehler) for $100,000 as the
basket for her eggs. Angie is called a working class
girl, though some characters label her trashy.
The plot is complicated when Angie shows up on Kates
doorstep after leaving her common-law husband, Carl,
played by Dax Sheppard of Idiocracy. Angie is messy
and loves Americas Funniest Home Videos, while
Kate works to ensure coasters are used for Angies
The movie outlines the relationship between structured
Kate and flamboyant Angie. Kate tries to turn Angie
into the perfect expectant mother through nutrition
and behavior. It is a battle of personalities and Red
Bull versus organic pea soup.
Kates line, What you eat, the baby eats.
What you listen to, the baby listens to, sums
it up well. Between baby-proofing the house and reading
multiple pregnancy manuals, Kate is determined her baby
will be a healthy Einstein despite Angies love
of Dr. Pepper.
The movie is cute, but very predictable. The SNL influence
shines through with moments like a stroller with airbags
and a pregnancy coach with a very distinct speech impediment.
Fey and Poehler play well off each other, as expected,
though Kates character does not showcase Feys
Poehlers performance carries the movie with the
help of Romany Maloco as the doorman Oscar and Steve
Martin as Barry, Kates boss. The three provide
all the comic relief in the film.
Oscars one-liners are especially well-timed throughout,
drawing on his experience with his two baby mamas.
The movie is punctuated by one-liners from all characters,
and frequently enough to entertain the audience all
the way through to the inevitable heartwarming ending.
This film comes with one warning: ladies, this is not
a date movie. The great show of feminine meets determination
with humor is perfect for a girls night out. Your
date, however, will lost after the first description
of Kates t-shaped uterus which takes place in
the first twenty minutes.
Baby Mama is rated PG-13 for crude and sexual humor,
language and a drug reference. It is currently showing
at Regal Cinema in Boone.