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Former Saturday Night Live "Weekend Update" co-anchors Tina Fey and Amy Poehler co-star in this baby-fever comedy about a single, career-oriented woman who previously put parenthood on hold, and is fo... read more read more...rced to hire a surrogate mother when she discovers there is only a one-in-a-million chance that she will be able to get pregnant. Kate Holbrook (Fey) is a 37-year-old business executive who has always put her professional life before her personal life, but these days her biological clock is ticking louder than ever before. As with everything else she has accomplished in life, Kate is determined to have a child on her own terms. Unfortunately for Kate, the chance of her ever becoming pregnant is slim to none. Undaunted, a willful Kate drafts South Philly working-class girl Angie Ostrowiski (Poehler) -- a woman who may just be her polar opposite -- to be a surrogate mother. Subsequently informed by the head of the surrogacy center (Sigourney Weaver) that her surrogate is indeed pregnant, the excited mother-to-be soon purchases every child-rearing book she can find and excitedly begins the nesting process. But life hasn't quit throwing Kate curveballs just yet, because when a pregnant Angie shows up on her doorstep with no place to live, the woman who once thrived on order finds her life descending into chaos. Now, as Kate attempts to transform Angie into the ideal expectant mother, this odd couple will discover that families aren't always biological, but occasionally formed through friendship as well. Writer Michael McCullers, who authored the screenplays for Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me and Undercover Brother in addition to working on Saturday Night Live, makes his feature directorial debut with a self-penned screenplay. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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DVD Release Date: September 9, 2008

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  • November 23, 2011
    Comedy about a woman in her late 30s considering all possibilities to become a mother and ending up with a rather unusual surrogate mum. The chemistry between Fey and Poehler is one of the film's strongest points. Fey also brings some of her "30Rock" humor into this, although not... read more nearly enough to make it an outrageously funny film. That doesn't mean there isn't plenty to smirk about and a few really great laughs. While the ending may not be entirely unpredictable, it's still fun to see the two lead actresses (and quite a few stars in minor roles) make their way there. Entertaining and sweet, but could have used a little more of the callous humor of its best scenes.
  • August 15, 2011
    It was okay, funny but nothing great, so I give it 3 stars.
  • June 17, 2011
    Kate: My avatar's dressed like a whore!

    Two hilarious female actors put into a surrogate film? How could this not be funny? That is what I said going into the movie. This movie was just rushed and the jokes fall flat most of the time. You would expect a Fey-Pohler movie to be g... read morereat, but it isn't. They are hilarious, this movie isn't.
  • April 26, 2011
    This movie was extremelly funny,and had touching moments in it too!!! Tina Fey and Amy Poehler were hilarious and Greg Kinnear was amazing as well :) :) :) Just the cutest movie with the greatest pairing of the greatest SNL hosts :)
  • January 8, 2011
    SNL duo Tina Fey and Amy Poehler make a very predictable, cheap but entertaining movie. No real worth, NOT a must see but if your bored at a new years eve party as I was, and your friend doesnt have cable and youve never see it, Watch it for fun. Fey and Poehler are always enter... read moretaining if you can get over their sometimes and unrealistic rants....
  • June 25, 2010
    it was okay. there were some funny parts. it's not a bad movie but it's not anything special and can be skipped. C+
  • April 6, 2010
    Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are the glue that holds Baby Mama together. With two less likable funny-women, or two actresses that lack their chemistry, it wouldn't be nearly as funny as it is. 

    The story deals with surrogacy, and the issues that new types of reproduction technology ... read moreintroduce into age-old human relationships. There's an unnecessary romantic subplot shoe-horned in the narrative, as well (it's virtually against the law to not include one, right?), but the majority of the comedy results from the relationship between Tina's straight-laced career woman, and Amy's not-so-straight-laced character. It's all ridiculous and absurd, and I enjoyed ever minute of it. The ending falters a bit, in its efforts to give everyone a happy resolution, but the movie overall is a solid comedy.  
  • January 16, 2010
    "I just don't like your uterus..."

    Tina Fey is in my opinion one of the funniest women out there. A writer of 'Saturday Night Live', she has proven us that she can make hilarious comedy. 'Baby Mama' is not written by her, here she only concentrates on the acting.

    Romany Malco ... read more('Weeds') steals most of the scenes that he is in. The chemistry between the actors is good. Tina Fey, Greg Kinnear and Amy Poehler do a good job in the leads but it just happens to be that the supporting cast prove to be the funniest parts of the movie. Steve Martin as the strange hippy executive is too odd to even understand! But it works...

    'Baby Mama' is a cute, somewhat funny but instantly forgettable comedy. The script fails to deliver memorable scenes. The film would've worked much better if it had concentrated only on the two lead women but of course the filmmakers had to add a sugary ending to the movie.
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    January 13, 2010
    It was funny, but that's about all I can say! The saturday night live couple handle this project with just the right amount of energy!
  • October 20, 2009
    I'm pretty sure the target demographic was soccer moms.

Critic Reviews

Carina Chocano
October 18, 2008
Carina Chocano, Los Angeles Times

Baby Mama adheres fairly closely to the conventions of the studio comedy, although it's never actually predictable, probably because the characters and subject matter are so novel. Full Review

Lisa Schwarzbaum
April 30, 2008
Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly

Although the big picture itself gets mushy, the small moments, especially involving Fey, are sharp. Full Review

Richard Roeper
April 28, 2008
Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper

Enough laughs for me to recommend.

Joe Morgenstern
April 25, 2008
Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

It's clumsy, not cute, an amateur show that's eager to amuse by any means. Full Review

Claudia Puig
April 25, 2008
Claudia Puig, USA Today

Yes, the film doesn't offer many surprises and grows soft and predictable by its conclusion. But it does avoid the sappy sentimentality of the genre. The movie -- and its lead actresses -- charms us m... Full Review

Richard Corliss
April 25, 2008
Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine

I'm not making claims that Baby Mama transcends the format's routine progressions -- opposites not only attract, they learn from each other -- only that, within these conventions, the movie is smart, ... Full Review

Moira MacDonald
April 25, 2008
Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times

Baby Mama ultimately gives in to sweetness, but it has some deliciously tart moments along the way. Full Review

Mick LaSalle
April 25, 2008
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

It's a movie that deals in emotion and attempts to pass counterfeit goods. There's nothing there... . And yet by the deprived standards of the modern romantic comedy, one would have to say, well, it's... Full Review

David Ansen
April 25, 2008
David Ansen, Newsweek

Baby Mama is formulaic, but this broad odd-couple girl comedy has the advantage of knowing what it is. Full Review

Stephen Whitty
April 25, 2008
Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger

In the end, despite some complications, it successfully gives birth to a very happy event: The arrival of Tina Fey, movie star. Full Review

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    • Angie Ostrowiski: There is a thing called being too healthy. That's what killed Bruce Lee.
    • Kate Holbrook: Really? Where'd you read that? The Weekly World Dum-Dum?
    • Kate Holbrook: Did you just stick your gum under my coffee table?
    • Angie Ostrowiski: I don't know...
    • Kate Holbrook: What do you mean you don't know?! Do you think you're at an Arby's right now?
    • Angie Ostrowiski: You know what, I wish I was at an Arby's! 'Cause there's better food and cooler people there!
    • Kate Holbrook: *looks under coffee table and gasps* Did you stick all this gum under here?!
    • Angie Ostrowiski: I don't know! Maybe you stuck some of it under there!
    • Kate Holbrook: Yeah, actually you might be right. Because sometimes when I work a really long day, I like to come home and chew a huge wad of bubblicious gum and stick it under my reclaimed barn-wood coffee table!
    • Angie Ostrowiski: B*tch, I don't know your life!
    • Kate Holbrook: It costs more to have someone born than to have someone killed!
    • Chaffee Bicknell: It takes longer.
    • Angie Ostrowiski: Can I just spray a little PAM down there right before the baby comes out?
    • Oscar: She's havin' a baby, you're payin' the bills. That's a baby mama. Ask any black man in Philadelphia.
    • Angie Ostrowiski: It feels like I'm shitting a knife! WHY WON'T YOU BITCHES HELP ME?!

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