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Baby Mama: Cast and Humour Make Up for a Syrupy Ending

With a cast like this one you just know this movie has to be funny and it is, especially the first half when we are first introduced to this wacky world and its characters.

So the ending is too neatly tied with a pretty bow; well, at least in American cinema, it’s happened before and it will happen again.

At thirty-seven, wealthy businesswoman Kate Holbrook (Tina Fey) is ready to have a baby. Not only is she not married, but her uterus is T-shaped, meaning she can’t get pregnant.

In a way, her predicament is similar to that of many successful men, whose careers haven’t given them time to start a family. Kate needs precisely what such a man needs, a fertile woman. Love has nothing to do with it, only money.

Kate finds herself at a posh clinic run by an amusingly hypocritical diva, Chaffee Bicknell (Sigourney Weaver). For one hundred thousand dollars, Kate can buy a surrogate mother, tell her goodbye once the baby is born, keep the baby and hire a nanny.

Kate finds Angie Ostrowiski (Amy Poehler), ‘poor white trash’ from the other side of town. With a touch of “My Fair Lady,” prim Kate does her best to clean up Angie and her unhealthy eating habits, which backfires when Angie convinces Kate to go clubbing and chooses the costumes. But what if the implantation didn’t work, and Angie isn’t pregnant after all?

Easier to pretend, than to tell Angie the truth. Smarter than most, this uneven movie is worth a good few laughs. Steve Martin is very weird and real as Barry, Kate’s in tune boss, who with his long silver hair listens to the aura of shells for business
advice. Greg Kinnear is perfect as the handsome divorced dad who can’t get his head around a business that deals in surrogate mothers or women with a need like Kate’s.

The energy of the actors and the chemistry between them makes up for syrupy ending and the sometimes peculiar camera angles chosen by first-time director, Michael McCullers, himself a writer for Saturday Night Live.

In photo above Tina Fey and Steve Martin lock third eyes

Release Date: April 25, 2008.
Genre: Comedy.
Runtime: 99min.
Rating: PG 12: Crude/Sexual Humor.
Director: Michael McCullers.
Cast: Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Greg Kinnear,
Steve Martin, Sigourney Weaver.
Stars: 4 (out of 5).

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