Could have sworn Ive seen this episode of Baby Mama beforelike sometime in January 2007, when it was originally titled The Baby Show and aired on the other prime-time series starring Tina Fey, 30 Rock. (Waitaminuteyou say Baby Mamas a movie and not a TV show? Seriously? Coulda sworn . . .) It was funny the first time around when Fey, as late-night-TV exec Liz Lemon, suddenly found herself drawn to the sound of cooing and the scent of baby powder. Baby Mama extends the joke, then softens it, then smothers it in its criban unpleasant picture perhaps, but not any more disagreeable than the phrase Produced by Lorne Michaels. Ultimately, thats all this shrugging disappointment is: a Saturday Night Live sketch stretched a good hour past its breaking point of no return. It even pairs Fey with her former Weekend Update co-anchor Amy Poehler, who shows up as mercenary womb-provider Angie, whos really just Amy Poehler barely trying to maintain a hillbilly accent. Ultimately, the movie exists solely to reunite a winning comic duo: two women so singularly in sync that, during their stint on Weekend Update, they genuinely laughed at each others jokes despite their no doubt well-worn familiarity come showtime. Kate and Angie are just Tina and Amy goofing arounddrunk-dancing, crooning along to video-game karaoke, and, once more, finishing each others sentences.
Michael McCullersTina Fey, Amy Poehler, Sigourney Weaver, Greg Kinnear, Romany Malco, Dax Shepard, Maura Tierney, Holland Taylor, Curt Carlson, Dennis AlbaneseMichael McCullersLorne Michaels, John GoldwynUniversal Pictures