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Baby Mama

comedy, romance


Tina Fey and Amy Poehler and writer/director Michael McCullers join forces to tell the story of two women, one apartment and the nine months that will change their lives.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    64%
  • Audience Score
    56%
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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 14
Consumerism
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Sex
3 out of 5
Violence
0 out of 5

SNL gals deliver hilarious comedy for teens+.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this comedy is both irreverent and candid in dealing with the topics of infertility, pregnancy, and surrogacy (none of which are probably at the top of teens' "funny subjects" list, so there's a chance they won't be interested, despite the presence of Saturday Night Live veterans Tina Fey and Amy Poehler). Characters make fun of a woman's inability to get pregnant, and one treats pregnancy as a big pain. There's some "white trash" stereotyping involved with Poehler's character, but Angie ultimately proves to be a decent soul. Expect some drinking, references to drug use, and a fair amount of swearing (nothing stronger than "s--t") and product placement mixed in with the plentiful laughs.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about who this movie's target audience is. Is it teens? Older women with children? How can you tell? How is the movie different from most comedies aimed at women? Families can also discuss surrogacy. Why does it seem like such a controversial subject? How were the filmmakers able to mine it for humor? Also, do you think the movie is making any specific points about the "class war"? What do Kate and Angie have in common? How are they different?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    64%
    reviews counted: 28
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  • Audience

    56%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh:

- Alicia Potter, Boston Phoenix, Thursday, April 23, 2009

Fresh: The funny, felicitous Baby Mama exploits every stage of pregnancy except the first. No hanky-panky to bump this plot in motion.

- Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, Friday, April 25, 2008

Fresh:

- Bob Mondello, NPR.org, Saturday, October 18, 2008

Audience Reviews

2 stars

it was okay. there were some funny parts. it's not a bad movie but it's not anything special and can be skipped. C+

- bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb1, Friday, June 25, 2010

3 stars

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are the glue that holds Baby Mama together. With two less likable funny-women, or two actresses that lack their chemistry, it wouldn't be nearly as funny as it is. The story deals with surrogacy, and the issues that new types of reproduction technology introduce into age-old human relationships. There's an unnecessary romantic subplot shoe-horned in the narrative, as well (it's virtually against the law to not include one, right?), but the majority of the comedy results from the relationship between Tina's straight-laced career woman, and Amy's not-so-straight-laced character. It's all ridiculous and absurd, and I enjoyed ever minute of it. The ending falters a bit, in its efforts to give everyone a happy resolution, but the movie overall is a solid comedy.

- lewiskendell, Tuesday, April 6, 2010

0 star

Sooooooo NOT funny at all

- dukeakasmudge, Wednesday, March 10, 2010