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Baby Mama - Review

Baby Mama

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 3.5 out of 5


TINA Fey’s rise to superstardom gathered momentum with the cinema release of the highly amusing Baby Mama last year. It’s a very funny comedy that underlines the 30 Rock’s talent for comedy.

Successful and single businesswoman Kate Holbrook (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, only to find her well organised strategy being turned upside down when her Baby Mama shows up at her doorstep with no place to live.

Written and directed by Michael McCullers, Baby Mama is a highly engaging comedy drama that’s both laugh out loud funny and emotionally involving. It doesn’t sugar-coat the sensitive issue of fertility, and neither does it belittle the subject for anyone who may find it a sensitive subject matter. It also contains some pretty decent twists and turns along the way.

Fey is the main reason for watching, of course, combining level-headedness with an endearing vulnerability that makes her Kate easy to root for. She also displays a wonderful gift for comic timing that proves she should have little problem making the leap from small screen to big.

But she’s well supported by a quality ensemble cast that includes the brilliant Poehler as the dumb but kind-hearted Angie; Sigourney Weaver, as the smug, middle-aged owner of the insemination project who has little problem conceiving herslelf; and Greg Kinnear, as a typically charismatic love interest. Only Steve Martin, as a zen-like boss, strikes a duff note, apparently trying too hard to deliver a character that’s more offbeat than engaging.

Not all of the jokes hit home, either, but they come thick and fast enough to keep you smiling throughout, while the trim running length means that the film doesn’t outstay its welcome.

What’s more, for a comedy that’s basically about women and conceiving babies, it’s also easily capable of appealing to both sexes. In short, this is a witty, big-hearted comedy that’s guaranteed to leave you feeling cheerful afterwards.

Certificate: 12
Running time: 96mins
UK DVD and Blu-ray Release: March 16, 2009