Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Baby Mama. B-

SNL stars Tina Fey and Amy Poehler team up for their first movie in 'Baby Mama,' and their presence is really the only reason to see it (with anyone else in the lead roles this would have been a complete catastrophe). The term 'baby mama,' according to a memorable supporting character, means when a female uses another female as her surrogate to bear her child. This is what single, baby-hungry, businesswoman Kate (Fey) decides to do when she finds out she's infertile. Her surrogate ends up being an insouciant and obnoxious woman named Angie (Poehler). Kate, who's extremely fastidious by nature, is very insecure with Angie, who cares more for the money involved than the child inside her. There's a lot of griping that goes on between the two that's meant for laughs but it only translated into feeble chuckles. Fey found more success when she was alone or with her romantic interest, played by Greg Kinnear. As for Poehler, she only generated a few light cackles from me, but that's just because I'm not a big fan of her. I did find several parts of 'Baby Mama' to be very funny (I was particularly fond of the scene when Kate goes shopping for a baby stroller) and if you dig the chemistry between Fey and Poehler then you'll probably like it all the more. But without the two leads this would have been a terribly stupid flick (especially the end, which is beyond ridiculous). I'm on the verge of not even recommending it, but Fey is so good here that I'll say to see it. Once. Or maybe just the first half, which is really the only acceptable part of the movie.

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