Movie Reviews: Baby Mama
So, I've gone to Laemmle's of Claremont again. This time to see "Baby Mama". Starring SNL alums Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. I've been a fan of their work ever since they were both the first female co-anchors on SNL's Weekend Update. They were always funny (though too liberal leaning in their news for me) and so I came to the movie not sure of what to expect. But I was pleasantly surprised. It deals with a 37 year old working woman (Fey) who feels her biological clock tick as she climbs the corporate ladder. After many tries to get herself pregnant, she turns to Amy Poehler to be her surrogate mother. So what happens when a free spirit and an uptight business woman live together? More so, what will happen along the way as Poehler tries to get pregnant and lives with a secret that could mess things up?
What's interesting is that Fey's character wants what many women want: a family. Though there is this blatant idea (taken for granted really) that you can have a family on your own as a single. Technology seems to have opened that door for many. More so, in the movie that causes a problem with Fey's boyfriend. So what are we to do? To begin with, the movie actually points to that at the end: kids need Mom and Dad's as best as that situation is possible. And family can't be done on your own. More so, the other idea that I saw in the movie is the idea of what happens when you don't think ahead.
Fey's character focuses on her career to the point of neglecting her maternal instincts, Poehler's character makes a decision that she really didn't think about as well. Much to think about in your life. What do you want? Is it worth the things you're going to give up? What are the consequences of the choices you make?
Go see the movie and find out. It has a lot of people in it that weren't mentioned, and over all the story holds, though the movie feels a bit slow at the start it soon gets its pulse. I just wish it had had more humor. The fish-out-of-water angle can be milked for only so much. Fey and Poehler make a great comedy duo. If they keep this up we may have a new comedy group on our hands. Move over Frat Pack, make room for the Chick Clique. B+. Easy laughs and a good time.