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Baby Mama (2008)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 25 April 2008 (USA)
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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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Successful and single businesswoman Kate Holbrook has long put her career ahead of a personal life. Now 37, she's finally determined to have a kid on her own. But her plan is thrown a curve ball after she discovers she has only a million-to-one chance of getting pregnant. Undaunted, the driven Kate allows South Philly working girl Angie Ostrowiski to become her unlikely surrogate. Simple enough ... After learning from the steely head of their surrogacy center that Angie is pregnant, Kate goes into precision nesting mode: reading childcare books, baby-proofing the apartment and researching top pre-schools. But the executive's well-organized strategy is turned upside down when her Baby Mama shows up at her doorstep with no place to live. An unstoppable force meets an immovable object as structured Kate tries to turn vibrant Angie into the perfect expectant mom. In a battle of wills, they will struggle their way through preparation for the baby's arrival. And in the middle of this ... Written by Universal Pictures

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Would You Pay Her... To Have Your Baby? See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual humor, language and a drug reference | See all certifications »

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25 April 2008 (USA)  »

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Bébi mama  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

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$17,407,110 (USA) (25 April 2008)

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$60,269,340 (USA) (18 July 2008)
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Greg Kinnear's Juice Shop was originally a tea shop, but was changed because the staff thought juice would be funnier. See more »

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Kate shows up 45 minutes late for work. She rushes up the sidewalk to meet Barry and their group, but she is wearing a totally different outfit than she was wearing when she left her apartment to go to work. See more »

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Carl: My first thought about Angie carrying someone else's baby? I thought... My wife is gonna have sex with somebody else's husband to do this?...
Angie Ostrowiski:
  • Out of the question...



Carl:
  • that's gonna cost extr - out of the question, right. Out of the question.



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Written by Colbie Caillat, Stacy Blue, and Mikal Blue
Performed by Colbie Caillat
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Contrary to what I was expecting . . . . . . congratulations, it's a joy.
7 August 2010 | by (Edinburgh.) – See all my reviews

The early signs weren't good for Baby Mama. I saw a rather flat, unfunny trailer and then the movie proceeded to make a decent enough profit while garnering reviews that were, for the most part, kindly pegging the movie as enjoyable but nothing special.

I was surprised, after finally viewing the film, to find that it's actually a hell of a lot funnier than many other movies that have received much more positive press.

Tina Fey stars as Kate, a very successful and very single businesswoman who yearns to have a baby but finds out that she can't. After exploring her options, Kate visits a surrogacy agency (headed up by Sigourney Weaver in a small, but fun, role) and eventually ends up with Angie (Amy Poehler) as the surrogate mother to the child she desperately wants. Angie is Kate's "baby mama", hence the title. The two women are very different in many ways and this leads to frequent clashes and insults being thrown around. But maybe, just maybe, they can help each other see things from a slightly different angle. You think? From an amusing opening sequence, Baby Mama does a lot of things right. It hits it's stride after setting up the main premise and doesn't ever really run out of steam until the last 10 minutes or so when the predictability of the whole thing comes to a stuttering, predictable climax. It's got no surprises to it but what it does have is:

a) A great cast in Fey, Poehler, Weaver, Greg Kinnear, Steve Martin (hilarious as a new-age, eco-friendly boss), Dax Shepard (not always great but playing white trash so well here and getting many of the funniest lines), Romany Malco and Maura Tierney. There's even a hilarious, though far too fleeting, appearance by Will Forte.

b) some sharp zingers in the script, with at least one every few minutes that will make you laugh out loud. Out of context, they may not seem that amusing but lines such as "can I just spray a little PAM down there right before the baby comes out?" and the delivery of "what if it had been poop?" are not up there with the best comedy lines ever but each exchange and display of ignorance adds up until things snowball to become constantly chucklesome.

c) Michael McCullers, who also wrote the script, directing with a nice, light touch that manages to avoid the recent trend of gross-out gags (although, hey, I am not one to maintain a stony silence in the face of any decent toilet humour) and lets everyone have enough decent screen time for their characters without letting anything run on too long.

In short, it's a comedy with characters that you enjoy watching and plenty of laughs throughout even if there are no surprises. Which makes it an entirely successful, if also entirely safe, comedy.


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