When Chinese food was first becoming popular in the U.S. some decades ago, a saying quickly became a cliché: it tastes great, but an hour later you're hungry all over again.
Some comedies are like that. As long as you're in the theater, you could be laughing more or less continuously. On the way home, though, the lines and images that evoked such mirth have somehow evaporated. You sift your mind for memorable moments, but apparently they weren't all that memorable. Punchlines seem less punchy. Even the performer's faces blur in retrospect.
That's the case with Baby Mama. I've sat through enough laugh-less comedies to be grateful when a movie entertains me, even temporarily—but no one's going to call this film a classic.
The storyline is unimaginative: Kate Holbrook (Tina Fey), a top exec at the Round Earth organic grocery chain decides that, at 37, mommy-hood is now or never. But artificial insemination isn't working, and when she applies to adopt a child she is turned down. Kate is about to give up hope when runs across a completely unexpected option: hire another woman to carry her Petri-dish baby. She visits the Chaffee Bicknell surrogacy agency and gets a persuasive sales pitch from Chaffee herself (Sigourney Weaver): "We don't do our own taxes any more, we don't program our own computers; we outsource."
So Kate meets, and then signs a contract with, an uneducated blonde named Angie Ostrowiski (Amy Poehler), and offers her $100,000 as a nine-month carrying fee. Not long afterward, Angie breaks up with her Neanderthal boyfriend, Carl, and moves into Kate's apartment—setting the stage for a female version of The Odd Couple. Though the humor often dwells on pregnancy, babies, and female body functions (a ...1
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