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Baby Mama

Rockin' the breast pump

Rockin' the breast pump

We watched Baby Mama last night and I was pleasantly surprised.  Its premise looked very stupid to me, but the film actually had a bit of complicated character development and entertaining interaction between Fey and Poehler.  The Tina Fey juggurnaut rolls on.

  • As my wife put it at the end of the film: once you have children, movie children look idyllic in a kind-of insulting way.
  • Fey’s character showed a great balance of modern womanhood, neither stereotyped nor falling into those stereotypes.  I thought, early on, that the pressure of the impending baby would result in her deciding that corporate life wasn’t worth it–not so.
  • The only downside of the Greg Kinnear love interest story is that it was so obvious.  Because he’s the first other big star to show up in the film (save Steve Martin), it’s telegraphed from a mile away.  And of course, he couldn’t just be a guy who opened a juice store, he had to be a former-corporate lawyer who opened a juice store.
  • The film’s not very friendly to the uneducated.  But should it be?  I wonder if there are people who saw this movie and found it insulting, or if everyone sees themselves as not Amy Pohler’s character.
  • A great battle of the superstar side characters: Steve Martin vs. Sigourney Weaver.  I give it to Steve by a hair.  Or rather, a magnificent ponytail reminiscent of Tim Robbins’ High Fidelity mane.
  • How is it that IVF comes up three times in three different media in 24 hours?  First we watch Baby Mama, then I read that A.J. Jacobs and his wife Julie conceived their twins via IVF in The Year of Living Biblically, and then this morning we heard on the news about the mother of six who gave birth to octuplets yesterday via IVF.  Jeebus.

All in all, this movie surprised me pleasantly.  Much like Mean Girls, which I also didn’t think I would enjoy, the movie starts from the place of a specific genre and then pushes forward into unlikely territory via complicated characters and/or plot development.

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