Baby Mama 2008 PG-13 CC

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Tina Fey and Amy Poehler celebrate a modern twist on motherhood in this hysterical comedy also starring Greg Kinnear, Dax Shepard and Sigourney Weaver.

Starring:
Amy Poehler, Tina Fey
Runtime:
1 hour, 40 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Romance, Comedy
Director Michael McCullers
Starring Amy Poehler, Tina Fey
Supporting actors Greg Kinnear, Dax Shepard, Romany Malco, Sigourney Weaver, Steve Martin, Maura Tierney, Stephen Mailer, Holland Taylor, James Rebhorn, Denis O'Hare, Kevin Collins, Will Forte, Fred Armisen, John Hodgman, Siobhan Fallon, Thomas McCarthy, Jason Mantzoukas, Dave Finkel
Studio NBC Universal
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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28 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Kathy W TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 30, 2008
This is another flick my 15 year old granddaughter drug me to, kicking and screaming (practically). It sounded DUMB, but she kept whining and I caved in. Well, guess what? I LOVED it! I was laughing so hard she kept banging me all through the movie to shut me up (saw it in the theater).

I see it got some less-than-wonderful reviews, and, as we know, everybody has different opinions.It begins with a single 37-year old career woman who is suddenly bitten by the baby bug and she knows her biological clock is ticking. She tries finding a "donor," but that seems to scare away her dates. She tries a sperm bank, looking for a suitable specimine who looks like he might produce a handsome child. Then she considers invetro but the doc tells her she probably can't get pregnant anyway because her uterus is T shaped. This leads her to seek out a surrogate mother to carry her child for her.

Now I agree, this doesn't really sound funny but it is. Tina Fey is great as the wanna-be momma. A yoga version of Steve Martin with a long ponytail is her boss as she becomes Vice President of Development of a large organic health food store chain. Sigorney Weaver runs the surrogate agency and for a cool $100K, will fix you up with a "thoroughly screened" surrogate :-). I don't know everyone's name but the surrogate is a hoot, and her and Tina clash constantly, even to the point where they have to both attend a conflict support group. The surrogate has a greedy boyfriend, too. Greg Kinnear turns up in the movie, too and I just love him in the movies. The friendly doorman at Tina's hotel has a cool part, too. It's really a great movie and has a lot of fine actors in it. Kathy W gives this a big thumbs up!
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Baby Mama is a cute film with a few good laughs and some essentially entertaining comedy. It's by no means going to be "movie of the year;" but it isn't a flop, either. Baby Mama gets its strength from some excellent acting and the plot moves along at a good pace. My basic regret is that it could have been so much funnier than it was. It is an ambitious film, too, in that it tackles a serious issue through comedy. Sadly, it doesn't completely accomplish either goal. Sigh.

When the action begins, career woman Kate Holbrook (Tina Fey) realizes that her biological clock is ticking fast and she doesn't have the one thing to make her feel truly happy and complete--a baby. Everywhere Kate goes, she sees babies and she adores them. Eventually, Kate finds out that she can't have a baby even through artificial means; and then she goes to a fancy agency run by Chaffee Bicknell (Sigourney Weaver) to find a surrogate mother.

Naturally, Chaffee Bicknell reassures Kate that the $100,000 fee for getting a top "quality" woman to carry her baby for nine months is well worth it--and then Chaffee steers Kate right toward a somewhat sleazy woman named Angie Ostrowiski (Amy Poehler) who is posing as a model woman to carry another woman's baby. Angie's common-law husband/boyfriend Carl (Dax Shepard) isn't any more sophisticated or much better than Angie.

Time goes by and Kate and Angie live together when Angie has a break up with Carl. This provides mild comic relief with the predictable conflicts two people face when one (Kate) is a highly educated, straight laced and uptight career woman while the other (Angie) lives for singing along with her "American Idol" video game while munching constantly on potato chips, eating all types of junk food and even drinking!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 5, 2009
Format: DVD
This film starts out well enough with the two very talented leads but then slips into one cliche after another about half way through the film. The "happy ending" is so unlikely (the film actually says that the chance of it happening is a million to one)that it is a slap in the face to anyone who bought into the initial premise of the film. Rather than try to develop an interesting ending that doesn't insult our intelligence, the scriptwriter decided to quickly tie things up with cliches and sugary Oprah-style nonsense. This ruined the film for me. Don't start a film by telling me that something is impossible and then end it by doing the impossible. Bleeaaahh!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By TrailsEndWild VINE VOICE on October 1, 2008
Format: DVD
Movies that are billed as comedies should not have numerous, terrible pauses while waiting for a laugh-track that isn't coming. Fey deserved a better script to showcase her talent. Not sure how Kinear got mixed up in this flop. Steve Martin, well, Steve Martin is the ONLY reason to watch this movie. His over-the-top enviro-guy was hysterical. The rest of this movie crashed and burned. It was a good concept lost in a bad script with choppy editing and non-funny jokes. Avoid!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tom Knapp VINE VOICE on April 29, 2009
Format: DVD
I've really enjoyed what little I've seen by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler -- mostly online recaps of their Election 2008 coverage, but still, it shows comic talent. So when I was home convalescing after knee surgery, we picked up their recent buddy film, Baby Mama, to pass a little time. Sadly, it seems they should have kept making hay of Sarah Palin's political inadequacies, because this film -- though rife with potential and boasting a fine supporting cast -- was 99 minutes I could have better spent contemplating the pain shooting down my leg.

Jokes fall flatter than Kate's seemingly infertile tummy. Stereotypes abound; blacks, gays and wiccans are among those who will probably be offended at one point or another. And the story keeps building to laughs that they movie just can't -- mind the pun -- deliver.

It's a shame, because I know Fey and Poehler can both do better. I also expected more from the supporting cast, which includes Greg Kinnear as an easygoing juice-monger and Kate's potential love interest, Sigourney Weaver as the mogul of a lucrative surrogate-mother enterprise and Steve Martin as a narcissistic health-food guru. Weaver and Martin pull off much of the genuine humor in this film, while Kinnear puts sincere effort into a fairly bland and thankless role.

Meanwhile, the two leads slog through material that seems like it should be funny but isn't. Given the people involved, I expected a smart, well-written comedy that offered some touching insights into society along the way. Instead, they went for cheap chuckles -- and failed to earn them.

by Tom Knapp, the Rambles(dot)NET guy
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