Baby Mama

Baby Mama

3.9 22
Director: Michael McCullers

Cast: Michael McCullers, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Greg Kinnear

     
 

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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 aSee more details below

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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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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:
09/09/2008
UPC:
0025195041799
Original Release:
2008
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Universal Studios
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:39:00
Sales rank:
39,446

Special Features

Feature commentary with writer/director Michael McCullers, producer Lorne Michaels and cast members Tina Fey & Amy Poehler

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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