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Movie Review: Baby Mama

Baby Mama: Super Funny, Super Cute

As I left the screening for Baby Mama, I tried to equate the warm happy feelings I had to the after-feelings of another film in recent history and I came up blank. Maybe after Juno, I thought, or perhaps Waitress, but both of those films were also tender and heartstringy. Baby Mama is just a feel-good, have-fun, sweet-humored good time. Sure, it's a little on the predictable side and certain jokes fall flat, but it's one of the more positive movie-watching experiences I've had in a while.

For one thing, Amy Poehler and Tina Fey make a great team as the wacky lady (Poehler) and the straight (wo)man (Fey). Plenty of folks will probably compare this story to that of The Odd Couple, and these two opposites often make for hilariously awkward or gross interactions. But what develops between the two women is also totally refreshing: They become girlfriends, and it's really sweet to watch. It's funny to see their two different worlds colliding, though it's possibly more satisfying and equally funny when they come together and find some kind of common ground. To see what I mean,

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Fey plays Kate Holbrook, a highly successful VP of an organic foods company. At 37, she's ready to have a baby, but her uterus is apparently a disappointment, and adoption can take years as a single woman. Enter: Angie, the strapped-for-cash surrogate Kate hires to carry her baby. When Angie breaks up with her boyfriend Carl (Dax Shepard), she moves in with Kate and of course, their disparate lifestyles make for awkward misunderstandings, occasionally interrupted by the ladies playing a karaoke video game or going clubbing.

Meanwhile, Kate meets a handsome juice smoothie shop owner and struggles to maintain her strong standing with her eccentric boss (a ponytailed Steve Martin), and Angie grapples with her own secrets. With a fabulous '80s-heavy soundtrack and some excellent supporting actors (particularly Romany Malco, who plays the doorman at Kate's building and frequently manages to provide a sort of bizarre voice of reason), the movie clips along nicely until the ending which is, admittedly, a little cheesy.

Romantic comedies in which the focal point is a male-female relationship are moderately cute enough, but there's something awesome about a funny movie that's not the bland watered-down "comedy" of stuff like Fool's Gold nor is it entirely dude humor and boys bonding. Amidst the scads of comedies about schlubby guys and their inexplicably hot girlfriends, finally here's a fine movie with a refreshing message: Female friendship is great, and it can be funny.

To see the trailer and video clips from Baby Mama, check out movies.ivillage.com.

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alwaysANDRiA alwaysANDRiA 7 years
lol "I want to give you 5 minutes of uninterrupted eye contact" -Steve Martin
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 7 years
I just saw the movie on Friday and it was hilarious. I liked it better than Forgetting Sarah Marshall.
yeokr yeokr 7 years
i definitely like tina fey, but i lovelovelove everything to do with amy poehler!!!
Entertainment Entertainment 7 years
Oh, wow. . . Lindsb, that just made me laugh out loud. Seriously. Thanks for that! :)
amkc amkc 7 years
I am so looking forward to seeing this film. Thanks Buzz!
Lindsb Lindsb 7 years
Ok - Remember when Whoopi Goldberg was in that movie 'Associate' and dressed up like a white dude - thats exactly what Steve Martin looks like (according to the pic in this post) from the side & with pony. :rotfl: How bizzaro.
beingtazim beingtazim 7 years
i may need to see this next weekend - after my finals are over! would be such a nice treat. :)
Linda-McP Linda-McP 7 years
Thanks for the great review, Buzz. Looking forward to seeing this one.
tsp tsp 7 years
I'm going to see this tomorrow with a friend. I can't wait! I love Tina and Amy. I'm even more excited after this review!
divinelight divinelight 7 years
This movie was much better than I expected. Steve Martin was hilarious! Well, everyone was. I definitely recommend it for a girl's night.
t-and-co t-and-co 7 years
Can't wait! I already bought tickets for tonight. I love Tina Fey, I think she's hysterical.
emalove emalove 7 years
Can't wait to see this! These two ladies crack me up, especially Amy Poehler.
tiabia tiabia 7 years
We don't see Sigourney Weaver NEARLY enough...she's AWESOME!!! Oh, and the movie looks pretty damn funny!!!
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 7 years
This is gonna be so cool and i love love Sigourney Weaver!!!!
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