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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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Michael McCullers
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1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Amy Poehler ... Angie
Tina Fey ... Kate
Greg Kinnear ... Rob
Dax Shepard ... Carl
Romany Malco ... Oscar
Sigourney Weaver ... Chaffee Bicknell
Steve Martin ... Barry
Maura Tierney ... Caroline
Stephen Mailer ... Dan
Holland Taylor ... Rose
James Rebhorn ... Judge
Denis O'Hare ... Dr. Manheim
Kevin Collins ... Architect / Rick
Will Forte ... Scott
Fred Armisen ... Stroller Salesman
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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 put your eggs...in this basket? 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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USA

Language:

English

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25 April 2008 (USA) See more »

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Baby Mama See more »

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Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,407,110, 27 April 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$60,269,340, 20 July 2008
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SDDS | DTS | Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Amy Poehler had her residence in Los Angeles professionally childproofed by the real Boo Boo Busters. See more »

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The neighborhood Super Fruity is located in is "WeBeSoCa," or "Webster South of Catherine". In Philadelphia, Webster Street is exactly one block north of Catherine Street; they run parallel. See more »

Quotes

Kate Holbrook: I overreacted earlier. I'm sorry...
[Kate exits]
Angie Ostrowiski: I'm sorry I farted into your purse...
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Referenced in Family Guy: Nanny Goats (2017) See more »

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Party Nights
Written by Josh Kessler, Ariel Rechtshaid, and Eric Sloane
Performed by E Sloane
Courtesy of Marc Ferrari / MasterSource
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Funny and Serious
23 April 2008 | by jdesandoSee all my reviews

"They're borrowing one tiny little egg and some space." Donna Regan, surrogate mother

When a woman is 37, generating a baby before the alarm goes off is no laughing matter. Yet first-time helmer Michael McCullers makes an amusing, sometimes poignant rom-com out of not-quite-Judd-Apatow (Knocked Up) wit, but spot on one-liners about the insane race. (Kate Holbrook: What you eat, the baby eats. What you listen to, the baby listens to. Oscar: If you listen to DMX, the baby comes out going' "Ennngghhh!") The film is helped by some fine performances, notably Tina Fey's understated, distraught exec, Kate; Amy Poehler's wired, white-trash surrogate, Angie; and Steve Martin's New-Age entrepreneur, Barry, reminding me of how intelligently Martin can spoof anyone, even himself. But it's the script that rules, taking even the interesting mid-life-crises comedies of the last few years (40 year Old Virgin comes immediately to mind) to a new level of un-hyped reflections about parenting and careers, love and lust, among others.

Kate's meteoric rise in Barry's Whole-Foods-like company is never savaged for leaving her late to the baby business; it is rather a trade-off treated as reasonable that now must be factored in the decision to have a baby before 40 or whenever.

Even fertility, or its enhancement, gets its comeuppance with Sigourney Weaver's smarmy, smug surrogate agency head (remember her Katherine in Working Girl). In other words, while the odd-couple cliché of Kate and Angie, polar opposites, living together is unabashedly mined, the SNL and 30 Rock insights are in tact, flat at times, but overall bright commentary on a complicated contemporary situation that is both serious and funny.

The ending is the only authentic failure of the film—it's unimaginative writing is married to a Hollywood-enforced good feeling out of synch with the untidy enterprise of surrogate mothering and romantic fulfilling. In other words, because the ending is too pat and unbelievable, a surrogate writer should have been commissioned.


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