Release Date: April 25, 2008
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 96 minutes
Distributor: Universal Pictures/General Electric
Director: Michael McCullers
Producer: Lorne Michaels and John Goldwyn
Writer: Michael McCullers
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The movie stars SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE alumnus Tina Fey as Kate Holbrook, vice president of a health foods chain owned by Steve Martin’s guru boss Barry. At 37, Kate discovers a deep yearning to have a baby, but has no immediate prospects of landing a husband. So, Kate decides to get artificially inseminated. Sadly, Kate learns she has little chance of getting pregnant.
As a last resort, Kate turns to a surrogate mother agency. The agency pairs Kate with Angie (played by Amy Poehler, also from SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE), a blue-collar young woman living with her common-law husband, Carl, who’s permanently unemployed. Angie agrees to have Kate’s baby, but several weeks later, she has a fight with Carl and turns up on Kate’s doorstep. A comic battle of wills ensues as super-organized Kate lays down strict rules of prenatal parenting for free-spirited Angie.
Considering the talent behind this movie, BABY MAMA should be funnier than it is. The characters are too stereotypical, and too much of the comedy relies on one-liners. Consequently, none of the performers really stand out, except perhaps for Steve Martin, who does a goofy turn as the heroine’s superficial, New Agey boss. Even his performance sometimes relies on familiar shtick rather than real characterization.
A bigger problem is the movie’s liberal sensibility, which seems to stem from a Romantic, feminist worldview. Thus, in the world of BABY MAMA, it is natural for unmarried women to get pregnant and it is natural for career women to get along on their own with or without a man, especially a husband. Please forgive us if we don’t accept this liberal utopian vision of the human condition. All babies deserve the love of a real mother and a real father, a real family united together under God through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all (Acts 10:36 and Colossians 2:10).
Considering the talent behind this movie, BABY MAMA should be funnier. The characters are too stereotypical, and too much of the comedy relies on one-liners. A bigger problem is the movie’s liberal sensibility, which stems from a Romantic, feminist worldview. Thus, in the world of BABY MAMA, it is okay for unmarried women to get pregnant and for career women to get along on their own with or without a man, especially a husband.