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Baby Mama

Review by Paul Edwards

“Baby Mama.” The Internet Slang Dictionary defines the term as “The mother of your child(ren), whom you did not marry and with whom you are not currently involved.” Well, Tina Fey has a different take on this in her movie that has just arrived on DVD, Baby Mama.

In this film, Kate Holbrook (Tina Fey), is desperate for a kid, yet she is successful businesswoman  unable to find love and rejected from adoption clinics. Desperate for a child, she enlists Angie Ostrokowiski (Fey’s SNL “Weekend Update” cohort Amy Poehler) to be her “baby mama”. Unfortunately, they both find out they do not have a lot in common, and thus begins the central conflict of the film: Kate, the independent working woman living on her own and Angie, the down-and-out stay-at-home woman with a no-account common-law boyfriend.

The first thing that struck me as slightly odd was the casting of Amy Poehler for the role of Angie. There were not any chemistry problems between her and Fey, it was just that her character struck me as someone a lot younger then Poehler’s actual age. It didn’t help the matter that her boyfriend Carl was played by Dax Sheppard, who is slightly younger then Poehler. It is nothing against Poehler: she did a fine job acting it up as a miscreant, but it just struck me as odd that someone that old would still be acting in that way. It was a lot like the man-child comedy that has been made (in)famous by Will Ferrell.  Anyways, this is all a matter of taste and it did not ruin the movie at all, so take with it what you will.

The comedy was pretty evenly spread throughout. Sure, the plot went through its predictable “Odd Couple” path, but all in all it is a pretty entertaining flick.  Tina Fey does not disappoint her lead role. Most of her support carries their own. Steve Martin is his usual hilarious self as a self-absorbed hippie businessman, and Romany Malco (previously from Weeds and 40-Year-Old Virgin), keeps the plot going on as his role as the doorman. So, if your in the mood for some laughs from Tina Fey before she became Sarah Palin, then pick up this film, grab some popcorn, and have a rock-a-bye baby time!

2 ½ / 5 stars

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