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Needs its diaper changed.

Oh nice, a new comedy with four cast members from Bridesmaids: Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Jon Hamm and Chris O'Dowd. This'll be great because that means there's a chance that it'll be something different and better because, you know, Bridesmaids.

Wait. Wiig didn't write it? And neither she nor Rudolph are the leads? And they have next to nothing funny or interesting to do in the film? And then -- wait, who? Jennifer Westfeldt? She's the lead? And she wrote it, too? And directed it? Didn't she write and also star in that terrible Kissing Jessica Stein movie about the woman who thinks she might want to try being a lesbian and then changes her mind?

Just for the record, if you're counting red flags, that makes four of them.

Red Flag # 5: This one is about how Jennifer Westfeldt and Adam Scott (really funny on Parks and Recreation) are best pals who decide to make a baby without the burden of a relationship. All their married friends with children -- the harried and hassled but ultimately happy Rudolph and O'Dowd, the seething, dark, doomed-to-divorce Wiig and Hamm -- scoff at this challenge to the normal way of constructing the mommy/daddy/baby triangle. But the not-in-love platonic pair forge ahead anyway, conceive and cook up a baby, and then boldly date other people (Megan Fox, who's not interested in being a parent, and Ed Burns, who's just not interesting at all) before realizing that... okay, not to give away the dopey, obvious, thuddingly boring outcome but let's just say that as a screenwriter, Jennifer Westfeldt likes to flirt with the unconventional, she might even give it a go for a night, but she'll never take it home to meet her parents.

There are funny moments, though. Wiig is the master of the reaction-face. Rudolph can turn any sentence into a laugh with her delivery. And combined, all of that stuff takes up about three minutes of screen time. So mostly it boils down to hearing Scott and Westfeldt make penis and vagina jokes; which is fine, let the genitalia humor rip. But unless you're Jay and Silent Bob and raunch is part of your character's identity, you can't skate around on that pond forever. This is a comedy about domesticity and everyday problems affecting young parents that never once pushes that everydayness out of shape. And if laughter is produced by a surprise bend in reality then to remain straight and narrow and safe is to fail. In baby terms it's the saggy diaper that leaks. You'll have a better time of it by tuning in to any random episode of the we-just-had-a-kid sitcom Up All Night. Bonus: it also stars Rudolph.


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