Excellent "Go In And Enjoy Yourself" Movie (by ciarra-1)
For those of us who love to just go watch a movie without worrying about who is doing this to that person, and reading about this critique and if we should be watching for this or that. THIS is the movie for you.I loved the comedy, the one liners, the small jokes that if you don't pay attention you'll miss them, but they are there. But if you're there and wanting to pick apart everything in the movie, you are going to miss all the comedy that's there for you to see.Just go in and enjoy yourself, the chemistry between all these actors is great, and why pay the money if <more>
you're not going to have fun. Come on people, for once, don't go in there and sit looking for something to take apart...look for something to just have fun with and this movie will give it to you.We laughed all the way through, there were tiny little things and big things all the way. This was a really good movie and all of us who went together had a lot of fun watching it. A BIG thumbs up!
My absolute favorite movie of all time. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are a hilarious match made in heaven, and with an incredible cast to back them up Steve Martin, Greg Kinnear, Dax Shepard, Holland Taylor, Maura Tierney, Romany Malco, etc. this movie is full of laughs and heartfelt moments from beginning to end.
Great Fun (by Lil_miss_tazzy)
Due to my love of Tina Fey I went out of my way to see this film at the cinema; on first release it was only shown at 11-30 in the morning and I dragged my mum to watch in an empty theatre. All I can say is that it was worth the effort.The two leads bounce off of one another with brilliant comic timing, and both manage to make their flawed characters utterly likable. Yes, the plot is predictable, and no, there is no joke that made me fall out of my seat. However, it did deliver on many levels. The comedy was sharp and although the ending was a little contrived it did manage to put a goofy <more>
smile on the face of a cynical teenager, IE moi. 'Baby Mama' is perfect chick fare, and I am disappointed in the cinemas who have cleared all their screens in preparation for the release of 'The Dark Knight'.Poehler and Fey sparkled and were supported by an excellent cast; Steve Martin was odd, providing some light comedy, but it was Sigourney Weaver and Greg Kinnear back on form and looking less haggard whom i felt really carried the film in the absence of the two leads.Baby Mama was refreshing and a great indication that we should see more of these two girls on the big screen.4/5 Stars
Seriously, I'm not going to go into a bunch of technical junk about why I thought this movie was great...I just did. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are so funny in this movie, the whole cast had GREAT chemistry and Greg Kinnear is a HOTTIE...even if he is about 20-some years older than me . Some people might think it's not a great movie because there's not a lot to think about but COME ON PEOPLE...Not every movie has to have you stumped ala Memento! This was just a feel good movie with a lot of laugh out loud moments.Though I could never give a movie 10/10, I definitely gave this one a <more>
9. I'd recommend anyone, guy or girl, go see this movie!
Fertility comedy that delivers the comic goods; Fey & Poehler a dynamic duo (by george.schmidt)
BABY MAMA 2008 ***1/2 Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Greg Kinnear, Dax Shepard, Romany Malco, Sigourney Weaver, Steve Martin, Maura Tierney, Holland Taylor, James Rebhorn, Denis O'Hare, John Hodgman, Siobhan Fallon, Will Forte, Fred Armisen. Frequently hilarious comedy about a young career woman Fey at her brainy/sexy best whose determination to have a baby results in a bid for surrogate in the unlikely form of white-trashy Poehler a comic gem and their rocky balance of bonding while fighting ala "The Odd Couple" make for a chemistry, baby, chemistry pair of misfits. A fine comic <more>
ensemble particularly a fertile Weaver as the head of the clinic Fey enlists aid and Martin as Fey's New Age-y supercilious boss. Written and directed with comic gusto by Michael McCullers.
Not Quite Groundbreaking, But Exceeds Expectations (by polarimetric)
Saturday Night Live, whether or not you consider it still funny, is going through a great period. Ratings are fairly high coming off of the writers' strike. The show is riding the Democratic nomination race wave pretty well, featuring either Clinton, Obama, or both in at least one sketch per episode. Due to their recent successes, it makes sense that SNL's comedians want to branch out into movies like they successfully did in the 90s with Wayne's World. Baby Mama serves as one of these movies, featuring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler at the helm and at least two more members from the <more>
SNL team in the background, namely Will Forte and Fred Armisen. Steve Martin, a frequent SNL host, can also be found in this movie. After reading the character list, it's clear where the SNL comparisons and references come from.Considering its origins and its genre abroad, I went into the theater with relatively low expectations. At most, I hoped for a sort of feel-good comedy that had a lot of laugh scenes that made up for some corny drama scenes. I got the laugh scenes, but surprisingly, the drama scenes weren't very corny. Baby Mama, as can be determined from the title, deals with Kate Holbrook Tina Fey's character , a powerful businesswoman and executive in an organic foods company and her burning desire to have a baby and build a family, regardless of the difficulties. Unlike most comedies, this is actually a surprisingly serious topic, which enhances the dramatic parts of the plot quite a bit. You can actually take the characters and the story line quite seriously. Actually, Kate's character is almost entirely serious, aside from the occasional jokes on how uptight and socially inept she can be. Most of the laughs come from Angie Ostrowiski Amy Poehler's character , a not exactly high-class girl working for Chaffee Bicknell's played by Sigourney Weaver surrogacy agency that offers to be Kate's surrogate after Kate attempts and fails to get pregnant multiple times. As can be expected from Poehler, Angie is completely and totally ridiculous. Poehler is actually extremely good in this role, since she manages to play a "white trash" stereotypical character without coming off as corny, or at least most of the time.Don't get me wrong; there are times when you can't help but cringe. A small portion of the humor is just far too corny, and can't make you laugh no matter how ready you are to laugh. However, anyone who watches Saturday Night Live is already used to this, since everyone knows that not every SNL skit is funny. Not by a long shot. However, the entire movie is irresistibly cute. The character development is fantastic, and Poehler and Fey working together really carries the entire movie. In fact, the men in the story are almost entirely irrelevant. Carl played by Dax Shepard , Angie's low-class, tactless boyfriend, could have been much funnier than he actually is. Rob played by Greg Kinnear , although a nice character and a nice addition, really only serves as an attractive male and yes, he is very attractive in this movie and someone to move the story along a little bit. Barry played by Steve Martin , the president of the organic food company Kate works for, is an absolutely insane hippie that provides a lot of humor to the parts of the movie where Kate is at work. Five minutes of uninterrupted eye contact, anyone? You'll get it when you watch the movie. At the end of the movie, you do really feel for the characters, or at least Angie and Kate. The other characters are sort of background even at the end, but they're still necessary, since there would be no offset to the Fey-Poehler humor that can just be taken in small doses to avoid becoming too corny to be enjoyable. I did find myself screaming on the inside a little at the end, because there's a gigantic time gap that left a lot of questions unanswered and irritated me quite a lot, but in reality, in order to fill out the entire story, this would either have to be a 3 hour movie, or there would have to be a sequel. This isn't the kind of movie to have a sequel, so I can see why they did it. I just think that some of the time that they wasted on Carl could have been used to develop that a little more.Overall, Baby Mama is cute, and that's all I can see it ever trying for. It also seems to me to test the waters a little bit for a Fey and Poehler match-up that, when smoothed out a little around the edges, will be a very strong comedy duo. I did enjoy this film very much, and I would highly recommend it to someone who watches SNL frequently and likes Poehler's style of humor, or someone who just wants to go to the movies to have fun and feel good. It's certainly worth it. However, what I find more significant at the moment is my excitement for films in the future that will feature Fey and Poehler, and I truly hope that the film industry doesn't miss out on this potentially hilarious team. I'll be eagerly awaiting the day when I see them working together again - this is a first time, and it can only get better from here.
I'm a huge fan of 30 Rock but when I saw the preview for Baby Mama I didn't get my hopes up. Frankly, I thought "here goes Tina selling out...." or at least being talked into making a mainstream flick that would be super dumbed down. But it was a funny and smart movie, although not perfect. The white trash shtick is a bit old but Amy Poehler did the best she possibly could with it. Amy is a natural comedian and there is some great but not overboard physical humor. Tina Fey was as witty and dead-on as ever. Although the premise has been done to death, the writing is updated <more>
and hip enough to keep us interested. The real surprise was Steve Martin in a wonderfully sublime role as Tina's post-New Age boss. Absolutely hilarious. And Sigourney Weaver was perfect as the weird aging surrogate clinic madame. Sign me "I found this shell walking through the Toronto airport barefoot"
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler make a good team in Baby Mama (by tavm)
In a nutshell: real-life friends from SNL-Tina Fey and Amy Poehler-play an odd couple of sorts with Fey playing a businesswoman trying to have a baby and Poehler becoming a surrogate. No surprise concerning their chemistry and they're surrounded by a who's who of capable supporting players: Sigourney Weaver, Maura Tierney, Holland Taylor, Dax Shepard, Greg Kinnear, and Steve Martin as Fey's boss who likes to reward her with five minutes of staring at his face. Also look for former and current SNLers Fred Armisen, Will Forte, and Siobhan Fallon. Alternately hilarious and touching, <more>
Baby Mama should please many fans of the two leads and most of the above. So with that, I highly recommend it! Oh, and congrats to Ms. Poehler and hubby Will Arnett on their upcoming blessed event!