Baby Mama

May 17, 2008 - Good friends and SNL cast mates Tina Fey and Amy Poehler team up to make a baby in this PG-13 comedy. The film features a strong supporting cast including Greg Kinnear (I LOVE him!), Steve Martin, Holland Taylor, Sigourney Weaver and Maura Tierney.

The movie is set in Philadelphia (Fey grew up in Upper Darby). Fey plays Kate Holbrook, a career woman who's worked her way up to a VP spot in a chain of health food stores. Kate is unmarried but ready for motherhood. A surrogate mother seems to be her best hope.

Enter Angie Ostrowski (Poehler), a girl from the 'hood who's all about junk food and easy money. The two forge an unlikely friendship as the delivery date gets closer.

Overall review: *** The movie probably doesn't deserve three stars, but it gets them due to the presence of Greg Kinnear as Kate's love interest. In my view, the Kinnear factor is worth at least half a star!

The movie, especially the first half, also has a lot of laugh-out-loud moments. Fey and Poehler work well together and Poehler, especially, is outrageous. Fey, however, may have the best line when she delivers a slam against the University of Scranton (one of many Pennsylvania/Philly-centric references).

The movie shows a lot of initial promise. There's even a rather surprising twist. But, after that, it settles into predictability. Still, the performances of Fey, Poehler and the supporting cast make it worth a look.