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BABY MAMA: DVD

SYNOPSIS:
Kate Holbrook (Tina Fey) is on top of the world, having just been promoted in the job she loves, by her wholesome food store guru boss (Steve Martin), and is enjoying her beautiful Philadelphia apartment and financial security. Unmarried, with no immediate prospects for a husband, Kate is 37 and desperate to have a baby - to the delight of her sister Caroline (Maura Tierney). When told by a fertility specialist she has a million-to-one chance of falling pregnant, she visits Chaffee Bicknell (Sigourney Weaver) head of a surrogacy centre, who introduces her to Angie (Amy Poehler), a potential surrogate. The now-pregnant Angie has a bust up with her man Carl (Dax Shepard) and turns up at Kate's doorstep with nowhere to live. Meanwhile, Kate finds romance with local juice-bar owner Rob (Greg Kinnear).

Review by Louise Keller:
There are plenty of laughs in this likeable and uplifting comedy that puts its own twist on life, love, relationships and babies. Baby Mama offers a somewhat different perspective of motherhood spring-boarding from recent films like Juno and Knocked Up by incorporating elements which allow the concept to become broader. Michael McCullers' script unashamedly goes for the laughs with outlandish characters and ridiculous situations that are somehow credible in the context, and keep it real.

There's a nicely balanced cast, too, with Tina Fey playing it straight as Kate, the successful career girl with a maternal twitch and Amy Poehler outrageous as Angie, the most un-angelic, would-be surrogate with problems of her own. Although we may not be able to read auras like Angie, it is not hard to see that conservative Kate and extroverted Angie are heading for a major collision as their relationship goes in unexpected directions. Add Dax Shepard as Carl, the hot-headed, sex-crazed, aspiring inventor and entrepreneur, Sigourney Weaver as the wonderfully named Chaffee Bicknell who sells surrogacy but does not practise what she sells and Greg Kinnear's Rob, the good natured, good health store owner to whom life seems to be apples. Steve Martin's pony-tailed hippie-guru is great fun, bestowing five minutes uninterrupted eye-contact as a special reward to deserving staff, and Romany Malco's doorman Oscar inadvertently becomes part of the crazy mix of events.

McCullers' script is full of quirky little things that, added together, generate a warm cumulative laugh. Things as small as the strange-shaped mug from which Kate's gynaecologist drinks his coffee and the unfortunately lisping birthing instructor whose explanations and exercises thound thtoopid. And the suburb named Dreery, where Angie and Carl live. This is a film that's as sticky as the bubble gum that Angie glues to the bottom of Kate's expensive coffee table, and I enjoyed getting stuck.

DVD special features include deleted scenes, while blu-ray version contains additional feature commentary and U-Control.

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 2
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 0

BABY MAMA: DVD (M)
(US, 2008)

CAST: Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Greg Kinnear, Dax Shepard, Romany Malco, Sigourney Weaver, Steve Martin, Maura Tierney

PRODUCER: John Goldwyn, Lorne Michaels

DIRECTOR: Michael McCullers

SCRIPT: Michael McCullers

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Daryn Okada

EDITOR: Bruce Green

MUSIC: Jeff Richmond

PRODUCTION DESIGN: David Swayze

RUNNING TIME: 99 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Universal

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: August 21, 2008

PRESENTATION: Widescreen

SPECIAL FEATURES: Deleted scenes

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Universal

DVD RELEASE: December 31, 2008







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