Baby Mama

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler in Baby Mama (dir. Michael McCullers, 2008).

What is this thing with movies (the loathsome You've Got Mail being one of the worst offenders) in which it is explicitly pointed out how the main characters are privileged, entitled materialists, and how evil the big corporations they work for are, and so on--but then everything proceeds as though there were no consequences to these facts? Oh, right, realism.

But that can't make me hate Tina Fey and Amy Poehler and Dax Shepard in this silly little movie. Or Greg Kinnear, though even he couldn't redeem You've Got Mail (no, nor could even Parker Posey). Steve Martin is funny as a pony-tailed organic supermarket CEO who gives his employees "five minutes of uninterrupted eye contact" as a reward. Sigourney Weaver is extremely creepy in her role as an extremely creepy person. The whole thing is an homage to mommy comedies of the eighties like Baby Boom, so if you're OK going into it knowing that, you'll probably have a good time.

1 comment:

GFS3 said...

Steve Martin is in this? Had I only known I would have seen this rather than "Ironman" (which to be fair wasn't as bad as I expected).