Baby Mama

Year: 
2008
Rated: 
PG-13
Genre: 
Comedy
Director: 
Michael McCullers
Writer(s): 
Michael McCullers
Actor(s): 
Amy Poehler
Tina Fey
Greg Kinnear
Dax Shepard
Romany Malco
Steve Martin
Sigourney Weaver
Runtime: 
99
Rating: 
One BOB
Review: 

It's not uncommon for me to think a movie sucks...in fact, most of the movies that I watch these days do suck a great deal. (Obviously, it's easier to write about deeply flawed works geared towards the lowest common denominator...and more fun!) However, it is a bit rare for me to fucking hate a film as much as I fucking hated Baby Mama.

I am notorious for my hatred of Romantic Comedies. I concede that I should have expected at least a little romance in a film involving pregnancies. In fact, the Greg Kinnear subplot was the least offensive part of the plot...that's not why I hated Baby Mama.

I was expecting a much raunchier film. Pregnancy and childbirth are fairly disgusting processes, ripe for humor. Tina Fey's birthing class sketch from her recent SNL hosting gig comes to mind - why wasn't that in Baby Mama instead? There was more raunch in that one sketch than in ALL of Baby Mama...but that's not why I hated Baby Mama.

I fucking hate hippies and new age bullshit and organic food and auras and self-righteous Vegans and men with ponytails. Barry is the only character that made me laugh - Steve Martin was the one bright spot in the film...that's not why I hated Baby Mama.

I HATE HATE HATE happy endings. Wait, let me clarify...I don't hate ALL endings that are happy - a handjob is a great way to end a back massage. A metaphorical handjob is NOT the way to end a film. What is a metaphorical handjob, anyway? A metaphorical handjob is when the plot doesn't just end peacefully, but when a film takes extra care to make sure every character ends up with a present, whether the plot dictates it or not...logic be damned. There were several different happy endings that Baby Mama could have had - Tina Fey could have bonded with her boyfriend's daughter or adopted a child, realizing that she didn't have to experience childbirth to love a child. She could have been happy co-parenting Stefani. She could have been happy with her REAL baby - her career. There was no fucking point and no lesson learned by her getting pregnant after being given a million to one chance of conceiving. THAT'S why I fucking hated Baby Mama.

 

 

"It feels like I'm shitting a knife!" - Angie (Amy Poehler)