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  • Summary: Successful and single businesswoman Kate Holbrook 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 to become her unlikely surrogate. Simple enough... After learning from the steely head of their surrogacy center that Angie is pregnant, Kate goes into precision nesting mode: reading childcare books, baby-proofing the apartment and researching top pre-schools. But the executive's well-organized strategy is turned upside down when her Baby Mama shows up at her doorstep with no place to live. An unstoppable force meets an immovable object as structured Kate tries to turn vibrant Angie into the perfect expectant mom. In a comic battle of wills, they will struggle their way through preparation for the baby's arrival. And in the middle of this tug-of-war, they'll discover two kinds of family: the one you're born to and the one you make. (Universal Pictures) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 34
  2. Negative: 1 out of 34
  1. Best when skewering New Age entrepreneurs for what might be called Compassionate Capitalism. Steve Martin is sublime as Kate's boss, Barry, purveyor of organic food and Zen koans.
  2. It's the chemistry between the stars that makes the film stand out in a drab spring.
  3. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    70
    Fey is a delight to watch throughout.
  4. The film never comes fully to term, as it were: the visual style is sitcom functional, and even the zippiest jokes fall flat because of poor timing. But, much like the prickly, talented Ms. Fey, it pulls you in with a provocative and, at least in current American movies, unusual mix of female intelligence, awkwardness and chilled-to-the-bone mean.
  5. Midway through I started wondering why I wasn't laughing more. "Baby Mama" was not written by Fey and/or Poehler, which may be the reason.
  6. 50
    There’s a lot of talent up there on the screen, and some authentic laughs, but too much of it is comedy territory that was claimed long ago.
  7. Reviewed by: Ryan Stewart
    38
    An exhausting 90 minutes of SNL-centric mediocrity that gives one the nagging feeling that Tina Fey's inability to cut the cord is going to quickly start to cool interest in her upcoming projects.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 25
  2. Negative: 4 out of 25
  1. Mo
    Jul 31, 2008
    10
    Lighten up idiots! its a comedy. if you would actually pay attention to what was going on, you wouldnt be so da** flipping stupid. try laughing and not being so stuck up with what you watch. This was an amazing movie and maybe you should get a brain so that you know whats funny and whats not. you people will never get a date if you dont lighten up! Expand
  2. Chip
    Apr 28, 2008
    9
    Lighten up folks - it's a comedy. i laughed my cabootie off. Tina and AmyP were awesome and i hope they make more "buddy" films. I'll go. cause i like laughing. y'all should try it sometime. Expand
  3. RogerK.
    May 9, 2008
    8
    Bigger the audience, bigger the laughs. More surprises than most modern comedies. Professional critics don't like comedies much anyway, so they should be ignored on this genre. Expand
  4. LukeA.
    Oct 28, 2008
    6
    My parents took me to see this movie in theaters. I looked away, but when we left the theater he said it was"pretty funny." I finally watched 2 or 3 weeks ago on DVD. It really was not what I had expected. I'm not saying the jokes aren't funny, they're just not enough to say the film dosen't have flaws. It is lightweight(which means it dosen't deliver as much as it could) and predictable. Plus some of the jokes are rather vulgar, and it's 12 minutes too long. But it elkes very lightly on the stand-alone fact that Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are 2 of the best-known female comics we have around today. My conclusion: It's okay. Expand
  5. DebbieN.
    Apr 28, 2008
    5
    I thought tina & amy where great together, but the movie was so boring... it could have been over in 15 mins.
  6. EllenSmucker
    Apr 29, 2008
    5
    Good natured story about a career woman trying to answer the call of her biological clock. The plot line is predictable but the excellent cast makes the well trodden material entertaining. Steve Martin and Sigourney Weaver are particularly good in wacky supporting roles. It Expand
  7. TheRapperNAS
    Jul 24, 2008
    1
    Racist movie with a racist title. At first glance, I thought it must have been distributed by 20th Century Fox.

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