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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.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 14
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
3 out of 5
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?

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Top Critic Reviews


- 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


- Bob Mondello,, Saturday, October 18, 2008

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Comedy about a woman in her late 30s considering all possibilities to become a mother and ending up with a rather unusual surrogate mum. The chemistry between Fey and Poehler is one of the film's strongest points. Fey also brings some of her "30Rock" humor into this, although not nearly enough to make it an outrageously funny film. That doesn't mean there isn't plenty to smirk about and a few really great laughs. While the ending may not be entirely unpredictable, it's still fun to see the two lead actresses (and quite a few stars in minor roles) make their way there. Entertaining and sweet, but could have used a little more of the callous humor of its best scenes.

- ironclad1609, Wednesday, November 23, 2011

3 stars

It was okay, funny but nothing great, so I give it 3 stars.

- DreamExtractor, Monday, August 15, 2011

2 stars

Kate: My avatar's dressed like a whore! Two hilarious female actors put into a surrogate film? How could this not be funny? That is what I said going into the movie. This movie was just rushed and the jokes fall flat most of the time. You would expect a Fey-Pohler movie to be great, but it isn't. They are hilarious, this movie isn't.

- CreedsDelight, Friday, June 17, 2011