Baby Mama comes to DVD September 9
I love me some Tina Fey so I couldn’t wait to see Baby Mama, but being a baby mama myself I didn’t make it to the theaters in time. But with the release of the movie on DVD on Sepember 9th, I was able to snag a review copy.
Tina plays career woman Kate Holbrook who recently decided she wants a baby but her T-shaped uterus won’t let her so she opts for surrogacy in the form of Amy Poehler‘s South Philly girl from the block, Angie Ostrowiski. Before Angie even starts showing, Kate’s already in full nesting mode, reading Dr. Sears, hiring a professional baby-proofer (you’ve probably seen the scene where Angie can’t figure out how to open the toilet lock and is busted by Kate peeing in the sink), and looking into preschools. While it’s obvious that Kate is very prepared to be a mom, it’s clear that Angie, whose junk food habits drive Kate nuts and who leaves her boyfriend and moves in with Kate, isn’t up on the latest pregnancy do’s and don’ts. There’s a twist that I won’t spoil for you, but I will say that in true movie form, lessons are learned, but not in a corny way. Sigourney Weaver plays the head of the surrogate agency, Greg Kinnear is Kate’s love interest, and the awesome Romany Malco (from Weeds and The 40 Year Old Virgin) plays Kate’s doorman/friend.
Special DVD bonus features include a few deleted scenes, an alternate ending, two featurettes, and commentary by the producer Lorne Michaels, director Michael McCullers (also from SNL), and Tina and Amy.
Frankly, my expectations were low because most SNL vehicles fall flat, but I was pleasantly surprised. The dialogue isn’t as hilarious as 30 Rock or Weekend Update, but it was entertaining and not entirely predictable. One thing that did bother me a little bit was the inaccuracy of the whole surrogate thing. In reality, Angie would never be considered for surrogacy because of her unstable relationship and the fact that she had never been pregnant before, let alone given birth. However, when you watch a movie, you have to suspend disbelief so I was able to enjoy it despite the inaccuracy.
While I’d say the film wasn’t quite "hilarious" as promised, I recommend any fan of Tina or Amy check it out.