Baby Mama

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Overview

Former Saturday Night Live "Weekend Update" co-anchors Tina Fey and Amy Poehler co-star in this baby-fever comedy about a single, career-oriented woman who previously put parenthood on hold, and is forced to hire a surrogate mother when she discovers there is only a one-in-a-million chance that she will be able to get pregnant. Kate Holbrook Fey is a 37-year-old business executive who has always put her professional life before her personal life, but these days her biological clock is ticking louder than ever ...
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Overview

Former Saturday Night Live "Weekend Update" co-anchors Tina Fey and Amy Poehler co-star in this baby-fever comedy about a single, career-oriented woman who previously put parenthood on hold, and is forced to hire a surrogate mother when she discovers there is only a one-in-a-million chance that she will be able to get pregnant. Kate Holbrook Fey is a 37-year-old business executive who has always put her professional life before her personal life, but these days her biological clock is ticking louder than ever before. As with everything else she has accomplished in life, Kate is determined to have a child on her own terms. Unfortunately for Kate, the chance of her ever becoming pregnant is slim to none. Undaunted, a willful Kate drafts South Philly working-class girl Angie Ostrowiski Poehler -- a woman who may just be her polar opposite -- to be a surrogate mother. Subsequently informed by the head of the surrogacy center Sigourney Weaver that her surrogate is indeed pregnant, the excited mother-to-be soon purchases every child-rearing book she can find and excitedly begins the nesting process. But life hasn't quit throwing Kate curveballs just yet, because when a pregnant Angie shows up on her doorstep with no place to live, the woman who once thrived on order finds her life descending into chaos. Now, as Kate attempts to transform Angie into the ideal expectant mother, this odd couple will discover that families aren't always biological, but occasionally formed through friendship as well. Writer Michael McCullers, who authored the screenplays for Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me and Undercover Brother in addition to working on Saturday Night Live, makes his feature directorial debut with a self-penned screenplay.
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Special Features

Alternate ending; Deleted scenes; Saturday Night Live: Legacy of laughter, brought to you by Volkswagen; From conception to delivery: The making of Baby Mama
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
The duo at the center of Baby Mama -- Tina Fey, as a corporate climber with a loudly ticking biological clock, and Amy Poehler, as the uneducated slob hired to be her surrogate mom -- are to comedy what Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers were to dancing. They trust each other, and they know each other's rhythms so well they can trade off who gets to be the straight man and who gets to deliver the laugh lines. If the film were just the two of them, it would be worth recommending, but writer/director Michael McCullers likes to share the comedic wealth -- he knows that giving the supporting characters good lines pays great rewards. Woefully underappreciated Maura Tierney captures the amused exhaustion of an experienced mother, while Steve Martin plays Fey's new-age spouting corporate shark of a boss with an appropriate laid-back zeal his reward for a job well done is five minutes of uninterrupted eye contact. Romany Malco attacks what for all practical purposes appears to be little more than a token role as the Black Doorman, turning it into a razor-sharp portrayal of a straight-talking everyman -- and his DMX impression is a high point. Finally, Dax Shepard has played very dumb before Idiocracy and he's done conniving Let's Go to Prison!, but bringing those two elements together as Poehler's dumb and conniving common-law husband, he creates a hilarious addition to the fine comic tradition of threatening but harmless morons. For at least 75 minutes, there isn't a single dud scene -- or even a bad line of dialogue. Both the comedy and the narrative have a natural ease to them; the filmmakers and the actors are sure of themselves, and the material, as well as the audience. Even in the over-the-top scenes, like those with the Lamaze instructor who sounds like Elmer Fudd, the actors keep everything tethered to reality. Unfortunately, in order to resolve a story where everybody has been lying to just about everybody, McCullers stages a courtroom scene that is, to put it charitably, shoehorned into the film. He wrote himself into a jam and chose the fastest, rather than the most elegant, way to get himself out of it -- it's the only time the movie loses its breezy confidence. The film regains its footing almost instantly, however, with a feel-good finale that gives us more of what we've loved most: Fey and Poehler, who, along with the rest of the cast and crew, deliver this enjoyable bundle of comedic craftsmanship.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/9/2008
  • UPC: 025195041997
  • Original Release: 2008
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  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled / Full Frame / Dubbed
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:39:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 1,826

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tina Fey Kate Holbrook
Amy Poehler Angie Ostrowiski
Greg Kinnear Rob
Dax Shepard Carl
Romany Malco Oscar
Sigourney Weaver Chaffee Bicknell
Steve Martin Barry
Maura Tierney Caroline
Holland Taylor Rose
John Hodgman Fertility specialist
Denis O'Hare Dr. Manheim
Kevin Collins Rick
Stephen Mailer Dan
Will Forte Scott
James Rebhorn Judge
Fred Armisen Stroller Salesman
Siobhan Fallon-Hogan Birthing Teacher
Tom McCarthy Kate's Date
Jason Mantzoukas Gay Couple
Dave Finkel Gay Couple
Felicity Stiverson Wiccan
Anne Nathan Bookstore Clerk
Jay Phillips Boo-Boo Buster
Kathy Searle Cool Mom
Almeria Campbell Maternity Nurse
Alice Kremelberg Rob's Daughter
Catherine Rose Caroline's 4-year-old
Eric Zukerman Community Member
Frank Rodriguez Community Member
Diane Chen Community Member
Andra Eggleston Waitress
Andrew Hillmedo Dante
Jon Glaser Vegan Waiter
Curt Carlson Baliff
Technical Credits
Michael McCullers Director, Screenwriter
Allan Byer Sound/Sound Designer
Kay Cannon Co-producer
Erin David Co-producer
Stephen Lee Davis Asst. Director
John Goldwyn Producer
Michael Goldwyn Screenwriter
Jess Gonchor Production Designer
Bruce Green Editor
Renee Ehrlich Kalfus Costumes/Costume Designer
Avy Kaufman Casting
Ryan Kavanaugh Executive Producer
Jill Sobel Messick Executive Producer
Lorne Michaels Producer
Kathy Nelson Musical Direction/Supervision
Daryn Okada Cinematographer
Jeff Richmond Score Composer
Louise Rosner Executive Producer
David Swayze Art Director
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Scene Index

Disc #1, Side A -- Baby Mama: Widescreen
1. Making Choices [4:55]
2. Transfer of Success [4:24]
3. Surrogate Parenting [6:13]
4. Asking a Big Favor [4:51]
5. Super Fruity [3:58]
6. Baby-Proof [5:54]
7. Living With a Child [4:40]
8. Partners [5:37]
9. Hitting It Off [3:04]
10. Just Business [5:16]
11. Ladies' Night Out [4:42]
12. Deal Breaker [4:42]
13. Miraculous Mystery [4:41]
14. First Date [5:07]
15. Weird Vibes [7:28]
16. Party's Over [3:50]
17. Fooled Us All [3:22]
18. Maternity Test [5:39]
19. One in a Million [3:50]
20. Happy Birthday (End Titles) [6:31]
Disc #1, Side B -- Baby Mama: Fullscreen
1. Making Choices [4:55]
2. Transfer of Success [4:24]
3. Surrogate Parenting [6:13]
4. Asking a Big Favor [4:51]
5. Super Fruity [3:58]
6. Baby-Proof [5:54]
7. Living With a Child [4:40]
8. Partners [5:37]
9. Hitting It Off [3:04]
10. Just Business [5:16]
11. Ladies' Night Out [4:42]
12. Deal Breaker [4:42]
13. Miraculous Mystery [4:41]
14. First Date [5:07]
15. Weird Vibes [7:28]
16. Party's Over [3:50]
17. Fooled Us All [3:22]
18. Maternity Test [5:39]
19. One in a Million [3:50]
20. Happy Birthday (End Titles) [6:31]
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Disc #1, Side B -- Baby Mama: Fullscreen
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    the worst movie EVER!!!

    This is the worst movie i ever saw. please do not waste your time on this tasteless horrible so called comedy

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Not as funny as it's made out to be.

    I had heard great things about this movie. I had heard it was so funny and so original. Sad to say, but not so much...<BR/><BR/>You follow Kate, a business woman without a husband, who desperately wants a baby before her biological clock stops. Finding out her body won't let her, she hires a surrogate mother (named Angie) to help her out. Little does she know...Angie is more or less in it for the money and takes all health concerns and effects a little too lightly.<BR/><BR/>I won't spoil the movie and the rest of it's plot, but it is a bit of a surprise and will probably make you want to smack Angie over the head for being so selfish. In any case, even with these two actresses, I laughed maybe once. For the most part, they tried a little too hard to make some things funny and...well...when you do that, the humor falls flat on its face. And it shows here.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Baby Mama Drama

    A truly mediocre movie with some good performances from Sigourney Weaver, Greg Kinnear, Steve Martin and the hilarious Tina Fey. I wish the same could be said for Amy Pohler and Dax Shephard, who put in mostly disappointing performances. A poorly edited predictable story with one-note stereotypical characters and plot that made no sense. There are better baby-making movies out there, Waitress being better overall than any of the few good scenes in this schlock.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Argg

    This movie was a horrible, the only funny parts in the movie were in the previews. Besides those few moments the movie was dull. If you could not figure out what was coming in the end, you need to dig youself a hole and crawl in it!

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