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BABY MAMA (2008) ** ½

Saturday Night Live vets Amy Poehler and Tina Fey star in this comedy-drama that gives new meaning to the term Baby “Formula”.  Fey plays a successful but infertile businesswoman who hires a white trash chick (Poehler) to conceive a child for her.  When Poehler breaks up with her loser boyfriend (Dax Shepard), she moves in with Fey and the sitcom level hijinx ensue. 


Baby Mama gets some laughs, but for the most part, if you’ve seen the previews you’ve pretty much seen the movie.  Everything you probably laughed at during the preview is here:  Fey childproofs the toilet so Poehler pisses in the sink.  Poehler inquires about spraying Pam up in her business to help the birthing process.  And so on and so on.


What isn’t in the preview is the fact that it turns into a schmaltzy Kramer vs. Kramer Lifetime Movie of the Week about ¾ of the way through, which makes things kinda tough if you’re a dude who just wants to see a funny flick without worrying about courtroom proceedings, DNA tests and unfit mothers.  The mountain of clichés prevents what could’ve been quite a funny movie and turns it into pure D grade WE Channel baloney.  I guarantee you nine months after seeing it, you’ll forget all about it.


The solid supporting cast (which includes Sigourney Weaver and Greg Kinnear) helps keep things afloat and Steve Martin is pretty funny as Fey’s ponytailed health nut boss.  Even though Martin gets the most laughs, it’s Poehler who gets the best line of the movie.  While in the delivery process she screams, “It feels like I’m shitting a knife!”

Tags: b, comedy


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