Humor Movie Review: Baby Mama

First, let me say I had high expectations for this movie. I am a Tina Fey and 30 Rock fan so I was expecting to laugh and I did laugh. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have great chemistry and timing. This movie is about a career woman (Fey) who has put off having a personal life (family) for the sake of her career. Fey’s character is an executive with a healthy foods company and wants to have a baby; only she can’t so in comes the surrogate mommy (Amy Poehler). Her boss, played by Steve Martin, does a great job of keeping a straight face as the health guru/owner of the company. Although this movie didn’t have tears rolling down my face from laughter, it did have some moments that made me laugh out loud. I appreciated a scene where Steve Martin’s character rewarded Fey’s character by giving her five minutes of uninterrupted eye contact.

The audience surrounding me in the cinema was laughing most of the time. No one seemed to laugh at the parts I thought were the funniest, however, that is more of a reflection on me I guess. Some of the humor is predicatable, but still done well. There are a few jr. high moments, but that is to be expected. The birthing instructor has a nice, uh, lisp? (think Billy Crystal’s part in The Princess Bride i.e. “mawidge”) this makes the birthing class quite funny.

The bellman, Oscar, played by Romany Malco, had a few good lines. What is with these comedies where the bellman has the time to get involved in the life of the main characters? Who is at the door when he is up there spending time with Kate (Fey) and Angie (Poehler)?

Overall, I didn’t regret going to see the movie and my husband and I had some goods laughs. But, if you go and see it and don’t like it, don’t expect me to refund your money, honey.

Verdict:

 Four scoops of ice cream for Baby Mama

KEY:

            = I left the cinema; I wasted $11.50

    = I wished I left the cinema; I stayed in misery

          = I had a few smiles; I could have waited for Netflix

 = I laughed out loud at least 5 times; I am glad I went to see it.

 = I was laughing hard; must buy on DVD; why didn’t I write this script?

 

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