Friday, April 25, 2008

Baby Mama Comedy: No Drama!

"Never put all your eggs in one basket" never rang truer than in Universal Studio's new gestational comedy, Baby Mama. Starring Saturday Night Live's alumni Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, the film tells the story of baby-craving Kate Holbrook, an organic grocery chain executive. At 37, she's at the top of her career game but in the area of motherhood she feels decidedly at the bottom.

Single with no baby daddies on the horizon, Kate visits a sperm bank and tries to impregnate herself without success. The problem: a T-shaped uterus that's literally taking a "time out" according to her doctor. Undeterred, Kate decides to hire a surrogate through Chaffee Bicknell's (Sigourney Weaver) surrogacy center. Enter the baby mama drama!

Portrayed by Amy Poehler (Blades of Glory), Angie Ostrowiski is hired to give birth to Kate's bundle of joy. But when Angie leaves her common-law husband , Carl (Dax Shepard), and moves in with Kate, the two women realize they are far opposites of each other. And its those opposites that produce the funniest scenes of the film.

From Kate getting all up in Angie's "bidness" to Angie taking care of her "bidness" in Kate's bathroom sink, these two women hilariously disagree on everything. Yet, slowly but surely they find a common ground and discover their ying and yang relationship might last beyond nine months. Helping the duo with their balancing act is Oscar (The 40 year old Virgin's Romany Malco), the doorman. He befriends Angie and gives her some insight into Kate's life.

No stranger either to giving birth to comedy on stage and screen is Steve Martin. In Baby Mama he's Barry, Kate's "hippie" boss and founder of Round Earth Organic Market. When he announces that he wants her to open a new store, Kate once again feels the internal tug-of-war between career and motherhood. But in her quest to meet the new job demands, she actually finds a potential love interest that might knock her up the old fashion way.

On a scale of one to five with five representing "a must see", I give Baby Mama four and half EPTs--early pregnancy tests. But while enjoying the film, I couldn't help but realize that if Tina and Amy were replaced by African-American women this film titled, Baby Mama, would have been treated totally differently. Regardless, the movie is in theaters now and I would suggest seeing it with friends, especially those with biological clocks that chime every hour.


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