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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Baby Mama

Q: What’s the movie about?

A: When Kate (Tina Fey) finds out she can't have babies, she hires an immature and unhealthy, white trash surrogate (Amy Poehler) to have one for her.

Q: Who’s in the movie?

A: Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Greg Kinnear, Dax Shepard, Romany Malco, Sigourney Weaver, Steve Martin, Maura Tierney, Holland Taylor

Q: Is this movie worth the price of admission?

A: PhotobucketProceed with Caution. This is a fun, easy to watch film that won't change your life if you see it, or if you don't.

Q: Will this movie make me laugh?

A: Some.

Q: Will this movie make me cry?

A: Has any movie from the Lorne Michaels' school of comedy ever made anyone cry? (In case you're not familiar with Lorne Michaels' work, here's an abbreviated list: Ladies Man, Superstar, Hot Rod, Black Sheep, Stuart Saves his Family, Wayne's World-- okay, that one might have brought a tear to my eye.)

Q: Will this movie be up for any awards?

A: The Steve Martin's Still Got It Award!

Q: How is the Acting?

A: As restrained as a couple of SNL actors can manage. And I'm speaking of course about Amy Poehler.

Q: How is the Directing?

A: Comment on the casting: we all know how Amy Poehler got the part, but I think the film would've been stronger if the surrogate had been played by a twenty-five year old. Contrary to what may be implied above, I enjoyed Amy Poehler's performance most of the time, although she sometimes came off a little too savvy. But it never makes sense that Tina Fey's character would pick someone so old to carry her child, and all of Amy Poehler's dialogue felt like it had been written for an Ellen Page or a Thora Birch type.

Q: How is the story/script?

A: Standard fare, but it works. And big ups for making a successful female buddy comedy!

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