Media Maven: “Baby Mama” Movie Review

Media Maven: “Baby Mama” Movie Review

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“Baby Mama”
Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Dax Shepperd, Steve Martin, Siguorney Weaver, Greg Kinnear, Romany Malco

Perhaps instead of calling this a fun-filled buddy movie, the new term for two talented women performing in a comedy should be a BFF flick.

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler pull off a refreshing comedy about a popular topic: an aging career woman wanting to have a child before she gets too old to enjoy life as a parent with a child of her own.

According to the story, written and directed by Michael McCullers, Fey’s character, Kate Holbrook, has a one in a million chance of getting pregnant.  Using her resources as an up-and-coming executive to a new-age boss played by Steve Martin, Holbrook contacts an agency to hire a surrogate mother.

Enter, Amy Poehler as Angie Ostrowiski the “other half” of a common law marriage to Carl Loomis (played by Dax Sheppherd). Add Sigourney Weaver and Greg Kinnear to this comedy and the talent alone makes this film a cut above the regular Saturday Night Live skit comedy that I had originally expected from this film.

We know that Fey can carry a sitcom but it is Poehler who shines as a bona fide actress as the clueless, nonmaternal surrogate. Dax Sheppherd matched her acting chops as the aimless husband who takes any opportunity to hustle rather than work legitimately. He was hysterical!

This movie was very entertaining. It has a story that keeps the audience’s interest. The unlikely pairing of straight-laced Holbrook and the free-spirited Ostrowiski is at the crux of this story. We, as well as these two characters learn that becoming a Baby Mama isn’t always easy and making it happen can be easier said than done.

Good writing. Good acting. Just a fun summer flick that you should see with friends — your Best Friends Forever!

Chic Stars: Four Chic Stars

Jan’s Movie Rating System:
5 – Top notch entertainment
4 – Compelling, Heartwarming, Thrilling, Comical
3 – The a) story b) actors c) special effects saved/made this movie.
2 – If you are bored watch it, or wait for DVD
1 – Don’t bother. Too morose, too violent, too blasé, an enigma.