Movie review: ‘Baby Mama’ features plenty of laughs |

Movie review: ‘Baby Mama’ features plenty of laughs

Charlie Owen
Vail CO, Colorado
Special to the Daily

Writing a review for “Baby Mama” from a male perspective is probably a futile exercise, but I’m going to attempt it anyway. Not only am I not a woman, but I’ve never been a parent, either. That’s two target demographics down. I am, however, a huge fan of the film’s stars Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, so two out of three ain’t bad. And it’s their performances, combined with a likeable supporting cast, that makes this movie worth watching.

After seeing a string of raunchy comedies like “Superbad,” “Knocked Up” and “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” it’s fair to say I have become jaded in what I expect from movies these days, even when this movie so clearly isn’t meant for the same audience.

“Baby Mama” is the story of an aging-yet-successful Kate Holbrook (Fey), who has worked her way up the management ladder of a health-food-store conglomerate. The 37-year-old Holbrook’s biological clock is ticking, she sees other people’s babies everywhere she looks and with no prospects in the way of a husband, she tries adoption and artificial insemination ” neither produce results. She’s left with another option, though, a surrogate-mom service headed up by Chaffee Bicknell (Sigourney Weaver). Enter Angie Ostrowiski (Poehler), a white trash, Dr Pepper-slurping woman from south Philadelphia, to reproduce in Holbrook’s stead.

Things go smooth until Angie has a spat with her redneck boyfriend Carl (Dax Shepard) and she ends up moving in with Kate. Kate soon gets a dose of what motherhood is all about when she has to baby sit Angie, balance her career and pursue a relationship with new boyfriend Rob (Greg Kinnear). After investing emotionally and financially in the prospect of child rearing, we discover that the baby growing inside Angie might not be Kate’s but Carl’s. This development stretches the fabric of Kate’s and Angie’s friendship as we begin to wonder if Kate’s dream will ever be realized ” you’ll have to watch the movie to see how it all turns out.

Don’t expect the kind of mad-cap antics that you’d see in the aforementioned comedies; although most of the laughs are generated by Poehler and Shepard, a few of the zanier moments are provided by Steve Martin as Kate’s new-age boss and Romany Malco as her doorman. Instead, approach “Baby Mama” as a family film with lots of female bonding moments and relationship drama with some edgy comedy to push the PG-13 rating. It’s the kind of movie you can watch with your mother and not be too worried about blushing the whole way through.

High Life writer Charlie Owen can be reached at 970-748-2939 or

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