Baby Mama (2008)



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

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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 precision nesting mode: reading childcare books, baby-proofing the apartment and researching top pre-schools. But the executive's well-organized strategy is turned upside down when her "baby mama" shows up at her doorstep with no place to live. An unstoppable force meets an immovable object as structured Kate tries to turn vibrant Angie into the perfect expectant mom. In a comic battle of wills, they will struggle their way through preparation for the baby's arrival. And, in the middle of this tug-of-war, they'll discover two kinds of family: the one you're born to and the one you make.
PG-13 (for crude and sexual humor, language and a drug reference)
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Amy Poehler
as Angie Ostrowiski
Tina Fey
as Kate Holbrook
Greg Kinnear
as Rob Ackerman
Dax Shepard
as Carl Loomis
Sigourney Weaver
as Chaffee Bicknell
Maura Tierney
as Caroline
Denis O'Hare
as Dr. Manheim
Kevin Collins
as Architect/Rick
Will Forte
as Scott
Fred Armisen
as Stroller Salesmen
John Hodgman
as Fertility Specialist
Siobhan Fallon
as Birthing Teacher
Tom McCarthy
as Kate's Date
Jason Mantzoukas
as 1/2 of Gay Couple
Dave Finkel
as 1/2 of Gay Couple
Felicity Stiverson
as Ashley/Wiccan
Anne Nathan
as Bookstore Clerk
Anne L. Nathan
as Bookstore Clerk
Jay Phillips
as Boo-Boo Buster
Kathy Searle
as Cool Mom
Almeria Campbell
as Maternity Nurse
Alice Kremelberg
as Rob's Daughter
Catherine Rose
as Caroline's 4-year-old
Jon Glaser
as Vegan Waiter
Erica Berg
as Yoga Mom
Eric Zukerman
as Community Member
Frank Rodriguez
as Community Member
Diane Chen
as Community Member
Andra Eggleston
as Waitress
Curt Carlson
as Baliff
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Critic Reviews for Baby Mama

All Critics (160) | Top Critics (42)

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

Baby Mama is hilarious. I could quote its awesome one-liners out of context for diminishing returns. It's also smart. The jokes are cribbed from the anxiety list of anyone who's spent too much time reading the New York Times Style section.

Full Review… | April 25, 2008
Boxoffice Magazine
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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.

April 25, 2008
USA Today
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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.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

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

Jim Careter
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
Matt Goodman

Super Reviewer

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