Thursday, April 24, 2008

DNfromMN - Movie Review - Baby Mama


Release Date: 4/25/08

The Story: Kate (Tina Fey) is a career woman who can’t get pregnant. She finds a surrogate mom in Angie (Amy Poehler). Hijinks ensue.

My bias: I love everyone cast in this movie (except Dax Shepard).

I have to say, after seeing the trailers a zillion times, I was a little scared that this movie would be bad. I mean, really, hasn’t this been done before? Dax Shepard?! Really?

It’s good, but it’s not as good as Mean Girls (not saying that MG is the ultimate definition of comedy, but it is another Tina Fey product). If you’re familiar with 30 Rock, this has as many hits and misses as a typical episode.

I wanted more Maura Tierney (as Kate’s sister). The “poop or chocolate” joke from the trailer killed me when I first saw it, and it killed me again watching the movie.

And Greg Kinnear as Kate’s potential love interest is the charming self he was back in the days when he used to host Talk Soup on E!

If you don’t like Amy Poehler or Tina Fey’s sense of humor, you’re going to hate this movie. The bulk of it is them having fun together.

So why isn’t this as good as it could have been? Everything you expect to happen, happens. There’s no surprise. There’s no depth. As much as Tina and Amy have talked about how they added depth and gave their characters emotional arcs, I didn’t see it. There are arcs, but they’re predictable.

Husbands and boyfriends may feel a little left out on this movie. It’s a women power movie, it doesn’t exclude the guys, but it’s definitely more a Women Rock! vibe.

Bonus: You find out early, but Tina Fey’s boss is someone familiar and he’s a riot.

What it’s worth: I wanted more, but I laughed. Darling Boyfriend laughed more than I’ve seen him laugh in weeks. The audience clapped. We’ll go with a solid $9. People will enjoy this movie, they may see it a couple of times, but in the end, it’s a little forgettable based on how predictable it is. You’ll feel like you got your money’s worth spending the evening with Tina and Amy. Take the girlfriends out to this one, make it a fun girl’s night out.


Spring Luvr said...

I love Tina Fey. I have loved her ever since I read an interview in which she called Paris Hilton (who had recently hosted SNL) a "piece of shit".

Yeah, but how do you really feel, Tina?

YahMoBThere said...

I just saw that poop or chocolate commercial last night and lmao.

Thanks, DN. I was on the fence about this one, but now I'll see it.

Ellen said...

Yeah! I was waiting for the DN review.

Thanks (as always!)

jax said...

any movie with 'sorry i farted in you purse' in the trailer has to be seen.

i'm 12.

Anonymous said...

I love Tina and Amy; after watching Upright Citizens Brigaide, I'm sold on Amy forever. Can't wait to see this movie.

Unknown said...

Swing and miss, any movie that tries to lure me in with a flatulence joke is dead to me. I may be female but between my lack of interest in breeding and my lack of interest in assorted vagina jokes I'll pass.

Kat said...

Dax Shepard is in this? Eww.

I love Tina and Amy, but Dax is a dealbreaker when it comes to seeing movies.

MnGddess said...

The trailer makes the film seem awful, especially Amy P., but if Dfrommn says it's ok, I'll give it a whirl.


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