Dave White
Baby Mama Review

Dave's Rating:

4.0

… made me laugh from beginning to end.

Who's in It: Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Greg Kinnear, Steve Martin

The Basics: Fancy lady Tina wants white-trash chick Amy to carry her fertilized eggs around, because Tina's insides are a rocky place. They fight and get into wacky situations, and then at the end, Amy says, "You taught me how to be a mother." And she means it. So I just gave you the worst part of the movie right there. Everything else is really, really funny.

What's the Deal? I'll confess to a pre-viewing bias in favor of Fey and Poehler because 30 Rock is the funniest thing on TV right now and because every time Poehler's in a small film role, the rest of the movie can be sort of "whatever," but she always knocks it out of the park. Having said that, I'm glad my record of being right all the time isn't in danger of being upset, since this one made me laugh from beginning to end. Even if I barely remember why and even if …

There Are Problems: Too mainstream, too safe, too predictable, too soft, too willing to be a normal movie where people are odd but not off-puttingly strange or unlikable. In other words, Poehler doesn't hop around on one leg or scream about her "mad skin tags" like when she does a similar, darker, character on SNL. I know that means my mom is going to really love it, but I expect a more jagged brand of comedy from both of these women.

Number of Useless Characters: One. That would be Kinnear, who seems to exist in the movie simply to provide a third-act surprise.

Better Than: My Baby's Daddy, Baby Boom, all of the Look Who's Talking movies. Not as good as Citizen Ruth, Juno or SuperBabies: Baby Geniuses 2.

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