Tina Fey has come a long way from her start in “Saturday Night Live”. This comedian, writer, producer, actor and mother must be fabulous at multi-tasking. In “Baby Mama” she plays an overachieving business woman who has spent all her time on her career and now her biological clock is ticking away, causing her to want to have a child. She follows all the mainstream methods and artificial insemination but she is diagnosed with a one in a million shot at conceiving a child. She then tries to adopt but the wait is too long, so she turns to surrogates and this is where the fun begins. Angie (played by Fey’s real life good friend Amy Poehler) really gets the laughs going when she can’t swallow a prenatal vitamin the size of a golf ball. This scene is very funny and according to a recent Readers Digest article was “improvised a fair amount”.
For a PG-13 film “Baby Mama” is pretty tame from a foul language point of view. Where it miscarries in birthing a family film is in the sex and drug areas. An out of wedlock pregnancy eliminates this film from receiving The Dove Seal. It is too bad because there are many funny moments and Steve Martin fits well as Kate’s boss, a world traveling naturalist businessman. We just wish the sex content had been toned down for families.