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Baby Mama (2008)

Baby Mama (2008)


Tina Fey
Amy Poehler
Greg Kinnear
Dax Shepard
Romany Malco

Directed by Michael McCullers

There is a lot to pull apart from this predictable lightweight of a comedy, but going into that will turn this review to a spoiler. One thing I can say is that the story never seem to want to excite. The performances of everyone other than the two leads was like they were forced to do this film. Then the way the movie is directed seems like, it was a project nobody wanted to do and then they found the nearest available person, regardless of experience.

How the movie expected me to enjoy myself is far beyond me and I love Tina Fey, but that love could not save this movie. I love her in 30 Rock and love some of her movies I have seen, but it seems this was a role she should have let pass.
Even though she and Amy Poehler tried to make this movie ring at least in the funny arena when we had to deal with the two together on screen, the scenes were Just let downs. And that was mainly because their chemistry could not make up for the predictable lines and plot.

The movie introduces us to a 37-year-old Kate (Fey) who focused on her career and never got married or have children. She is now going through a baby craze and everything she could do to have a baby herself was not working. The adoption was not going to go and her womb had one in a million chance of getting fertile. So she decided to use a surrogate. She registered at an agency and the surrogate mother was sent to check her out. The mother was a first time surrogate named Angie (Poehler) who from the get go is an irresponsible person and total opposite of Kate.

Kate was desperate and Angie needed the money and they decided to do it together. When Angie broke up with her boyfriend she had to move in with Kate and that is when things go really bad for them. Soon we get to understand that there is more going on with Angie than we can see and soon Kate will have to deal with it.

In the end, this movie packs a lot of A-List supporting cast (Greg Kinnear, Dax Shepard, Holland Taylor, Steve Martin, and Sigourney Weaver.), but neither could save this movie.
It ended the way you would have predicted it will end and all through this film I did not laugh or smile once.
The movie probably broke even as it made double its production cost at the box office, but I can guess that with such we never got to see a second part of this, not that many would have bothered.

The unrealistic nature of things in this movie makes it hard to even recommend this movie for someone who wishes to pass time, I will advise taking a nap instead.


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