Baby Mama

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A successful, single businesswoman who dreams of having a baby discovers she is infertile and hires a working class woman to be her unlikely surrogate.

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Studio Universal
SKU 208442489
UPC 025195041997
UPC 14 00025195041997
Format DVD
Release Date 9/9/2008
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen/Standard  1.85:1/1.33:1 [4:3]
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ReviewSource Reel.com
Review Ah, the infant, cinema's biological cure-all. Give a movie a messed-up couple with a mountain of problems or a young woman working on several self-esteem issues, and watch as reproduction works its zygote-induced magic. From She's Having a Baby to Parenthood, Juno to Knocked Up, pregnancy and all the surrounding hormonal hoopla supposedly symbolizes life celebrating itself. In the new Tina Fey comedy Baby Mama, it's just a manipulative means to a grossly unfunny end...Even worse, the plot plods around aimlessly, looking for ways to capitalize on pop culture shout-outs (Video games! Hip-hop lingo!) and old-school stereotypes...Yet the biggest sin Baby Mama commits is being incessantly dull. McCullers' style could best be described as the setup for a punch line that never comes. He gives his actors room to breathe, and they consistently choke. Martin's New Age Zen zaniness grows tired quickly, and Fey can only move between nurturing and neurotic. Of everyone involved (including a completely underwritten Greg Kinnear as Fey's wuss in shining armor), only Poelher pulls off the material. She makes Angie semi-tolerable, redefining the dimwitted doofus for today's PC-oriented demo.
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Reviewer Bill Gibron
ReviewRating 5
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review It has become a time-honored tradition that stars of Saturday Night Live, upon graduating from the no-longer-funny late night show, elect to spread their wings and strive for cinematic greatness. With a few notable exceptions, most have crashed and burned in forgettable fashion to never be heard from again or to become the punch lines of jokes that are generally as funny as the ones they told during their SNL tenure. Baby Mama is the first SNL-inspired movie to star two female members of the ensemble...While Baby Mama manages to avoid the pit of awfulness into which many of its predecessors have sunk, it achieves nothing more impressive than mediocrity...As is often true with comedies, all the best jokes are in the trailer so those who have seen it have absorbed the best Baby Mama has to offer, at least in the humor department. Fey and company do their best to provide an emotional component to the production but, as with many films that rely too much on the familiar, the characters never seem more than half-formed and this stints our ability to appreciate their limited arcs. There's nothing terribly wrong with Baby Mama but it's probably better suited for viewing on television, where many of the participants cut their teeth.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 7
Features
DVD, Widescreen, English, Spanish, French, Dolby Digital (5.1)
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer Steve Martin is sublime as Kate's boss, Barry, purveyor of organic food and Zen koans.
Claudia Puig, USA Today ...Fey and Poehler may well be the best female comedy duo since Lucy and Ethel.
Ken Fox, TV Guide ...sweeter -- and more honest in its depiction of class difference -- than one might otherwise expect.
Richard Corliss, Time ...a comedy with the old-time blend of wit and sentiment.
Todd McCarthy, Variety Fey is a delight to watch throughout.

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