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Baby Mama (2008)


Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 160
Fresh: 102
Rotten: 58

Critics Consensus: Baby Mama is a lightweight, predictable comedy that ekes by on the strength of its performers.

Average Rating: 6/10
Reviews Counted: 42
Fresh: 25
Rotten: 17

Critics Consensus: Baby Mama is a lightweight, predictable comedy that ekes by on the strength of its performers.


Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 373,911


Movie Info

Successful and single businesswoman Kate Holbrook has long put her career ahead of a personal life. Now 37, she's finally determined to have a kid on her own. But her plan is thrown a curve ball after she discovers she has only a million-to-one chance of getting pregnant. Undaunted, the driven Kate allows South Philly working girl Angie Ostrowiski to become her unlikely surrogate. Simple enough? After learning from the steely head of their surrogacy center that Angie is pregnant, Kate goes into … More

PG-13 (for crude and sexual humor, language and a drug reference)
Directed By:
Written By:
Michael McCullers
In Theaters:
Sep 9, 2008
Box Office:
Universal Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Baby Mama

All Critics (166) | Top Critics (44) | Fresh (102) | Rotten (58) | DVD (17)

Baby Mama adheres fairly closely to the conventions of the studio comedy, although it's never actually predictable, probably because the characters and subject matter are so novel.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Although the big picture itself gets mushy, the small moments, especially involving Fey, are sharp.

Full Review… | April 30, 2008
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Enough laughs for me to recommend.

April 28, 2008
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

It's clumsy, not cute, an amateur show that's eager to amuse by any means.

Full Review… | April 25, 2008
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

Yes, the film doesn't offer many surprises and grows soft and predictable by its conclusion. But it does avoid the sappy sentimentality of the genre. The movie -- and its lead actresses -- charms us more than we might expect.

Full Review… | April 25, 2008
USA Today
Top Critic

I'm not making claims that Baby Mama transcends the format's routine progressions -- opposites not only attract, they learn from each other -- only that, within these conventions, the movie is smart, funny and beguiling.

Full Review… | April 25, 2008
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Baby Mama is far more funny than it has any right to be and boasts a dynamite pairing that shows plenty of promise for the future: here's hoping Fey and Poehler pick something a little less formulaic for their next project.

Full Review… | October 14, 2012

Fey and Poehler have great chemistry and they truly compliment each other well

Full Review… | August 28, 2012
Lyles' Movie Files

This is one of those terrible terrible creations that just leaves me feeling a little uneasy about the way the film industry works.

Full Review… | April 8, 2011
What Culture

Fey and Pohler are an appealing pair, with Fey's wry, deadpan delivery a perfect complement to Poehler's fearlessly juvenile brand of humor.

Full Review… | August 14, 2009

The reason this movie works so well though, is similar to why a good romantic comedy works. The chemistry between the two leads, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler is fantastic.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Three Movie Buffs

I've been majorly disappointed by romantic comedies over the past year or so.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

Baby Mama quickly and lazily adopts all the annoying attributes of the usual fare.

Full Review… | September 4, 2008
Combustible Celluloid

Austin Powers screen mastermind Michael McCullers is the guy behind this sorta same-sex parenting satire, as SNL's Tina Fey and Amy Poehler do an extreme odd couple for laughs duet, ripping into the burgeoning baby consumer industry.

Full Review… | September 3, 2008

It's very much the women's show, and they prove enjoyable company, but there's more sugar than vinegar in the script which is stretched to find laughs.

Full Review… | August 29, 2008
Courier Mail (Australia)

The film is not exactly original but it is a lot of fun, thanks to the skill with which Fey and Poehler play to one another's strengths.

Full Review… | August 29, 2008
Sydney Morning Herald

An under-achieving, lightweight movie that settles for a few competent gags and doesn't bother to take risks.

Full Review… | August 29, 2008
The Age (Australia)

Fey and Poehler are better than 95 per cent of the innumerable male comedy double acts around at the moment. May they never part, because their work here is an utter joy.

Full Review… | August 18, 2008
Empire Magazine Australasia

This formulaic feelgood romantic comedy delivers everything it promises with a streamlined screenplay about a single professional woman, Kate (Tina Fey) who at 37 is desperate to have a baby and the complications that beset her plans

Full Review… | August 14, 2008
Urban Cinefile

There are plenty of laughs in this likeable and uplifting comedy that puts its own twist on life, love, relationships and babies.

Full Review… | August 14, 2008
Urban Cinefile

With this story, and this cast, the movie ought to have been fun.

Full Review… | July 25, 2008
This is London

Michael McCullers' script is soft-headed to the point of inanity.

Full Review… | July 25, 2008

The film's talented performers are wasted thanks to a weak script.

Full Review… | July 25, 2008
Sun Online

It's as much fun as actually eating toddler vomit.

Full Review… | July 25, 2008
Daily Mirror [UK]

A lightweight romantic comedy that's to be welcomed, if only for the fact it offers juicy roles to talented writer-actresses Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

Full Review… | July 25, 2008
Daily Mail [UK]

Audience Reviews for Baby Mama


Comedy about a woman in her late 30s considering all possibilities to become a mother and ending up with a rather unusual surrogate mum. The chemistry between Fey and Poehler is one of the film's strongest points. Fey also brings some of her "30Rock" humor into this, although not nearly enough to make it an outrageously funny film. That doesn't mean there isn't plenty to smirk about and a few really great laughs. While the ending may not be entirely unpredictable, it's still fun to see the two lead actresses (and quite a few stars in minor roles) make their way there. Entertaining and sweet, but could have used a little more of the callous humor of its best scenes.

Jens S.

Super Reviewer

It was okay, funny but nothing great, so I give it 3 stars.

Jim Careter

Super Reviewer


Kate: My avatar's dressed like a whore!

Two hilarious female actors put into a surrogate film? How could this not be funny? That is what I said going into the movie. This movie was just rushed and the jokes fall flat most of the time. You would expect a Fey-Pohler movie to be great, but it isn't. They are hilarious, this movie isn't.

Matt Goodman

Super Reviewer

This movie was extremelly funny,and had touching moments in it too!!! Tina Fey and Amy Poehler were hilarious and Greg Kinnear was amazing as well :) :) :) Just the cutest movie with the greatest pairing of the greatest SNL hosts :)

Cassie Hill

Super Reviewer

Baby Mama Quotes

Angie Ostrowiski:
There is a thing called being too healthy. That's what killed Bruce Lee.
Kate Holbrook:
Really? Where'd you read that? The Weekly World Dum-Dum?
– Submitted by Siddharth S (23 months ago)
Kate Holbrook:
Did you just stick your gum under my coffee table?
Angie Ostrowiski:
I don't know...
Kate Holbrook:
What do you mean you don't know?! Do you think you're at an Arby's right now?
Angie Ostrowiski:
You know what, I wish I was at an Arby's! 'Cause there's better food and cooler people there!
Kate Holbrook:
*looks under coffee table and gasps* Did you stick all this gum under here?!
Angie Ostrowiski:
I don't know! Maybe you stuck some of it under there!
Kate Holbrook:
Yeah, actually you might be right. Because sometimes when I work a really long day, I like to come home and chew a huge wad of bubblicious gum and stick it under my reclaimed barn-wood coffee table!
Angie Ostrowiski:
B*tch, I don't know your life!
– Submitted by Siddharth S (2 years ago)
Kate Holbrook:
It costs more to have someone born than to have someone killed!
Chaffee Bicknell:
It takes longer.
– Submitted by Lucas G (2 years ago)
Angie Ostrowiski:
Can I just spray a little PAM down there right before the baby comes out?
– Submitted by Lucas G (2 years ago)
She's havin' a baby, you're payin' the bills. That's a baby mama. Ask any black man in Philadelphia.
– Submitted by Lucas G (2 years ago)
Angie Ostrowiski:
It feels like I'm shitting a knife! WHY WON'T YOU BITCHES HELP ME?!
– Submitted by Alondra A (2 years ago)

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