In a comedy that brings together some of today’s sharpest talent, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler team with writer/director Michael McCullers and producers Lorne Michaels and John Goldwyn to tell the story of two women, one apartment and the nine months that will change their lives: Baby Mama. Successful and single businesswoman Kate Holbrook (Tina Fey) 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 (Amy Poehler) to become her unlikely surrogate. Simple enough… After learning from the steely head (Sigourney Weaver) 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 comic battle of wills, they will struggle their way through preparation for the baby’s arrival. And in the middle of this tug-of-war, they’ll discover two kinds of family: the one you’re born to and the one you make
“I just don’t like your uterus” is one of the funniest and crudest things you might ever hear in a movie about having a baby, ever. Then there is the scene where we see what Kate’s kids will look like depending upon her sperm donor. This all happens before the crazy Angie gets involved.
Once Angie ends up in Kate’s life its game over for Kate but the fun real starts for the audience. Poehler is hilarious as the crazy white-trash baby donor. Parts of the movie and irony of the situations hearken back to “Baby Boom.” “Baby Mama” isn’t nearly the classic that “Baby Boom” is however its certainly funnier than recent comedies of its ilk like “Knocked Up.”
The talent level is high with Fey, Poehler, and Steve Martin turning in fantastic performances. Michael McCullers has written a hilarious script that is always on the verge of reality but also keeps enough sense to make us laugh out-loud even when its not realistic. Fey and Poehler are a perfect duo. They are comedy gold. I haven’t seen a team this funny since Farley and Spade. Sigourney Weaver is also surprisingly funny.
“Baby Mama” is a gut buster. That’s the best measure of a good comedy.