“Baby Mama”

0 Submitted by on Tue, 09 September 2008, 08:48

By Sandra Kraisirideja

On the surface, “Baby Mama” is a good, solid movie featuring a talented cast, competent direction and decent script. Most people would be satisfied with this, but any critic could easily tear this movie apart if he wanted to.

The script’s main weakness is its simplistic plot devices, which make the story a bit too easy to predict. “Baby Mama” is a comedy where the two leads are women and that is rare in Hollywood. If an actress is in a comedy at all the word “romantic” is usually part of the description.

Michael McCullers, wrote and directed “Baby Mama” specifically for Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, who he met while working at  “Saturday Night Live.”

Supposedly the premise for the movie began with the idea of Poehler having Fey’s baby and McCullen wrote the script from there. 

Fey is currently starring in “30 Rock” while Poehler is still part of SNL. The actresses play well off each other and the movie benefits from their comedic chemistry. 

One of the movie’s strength is the actors who were cast to fill supporting roles. Greg Kinnear, Steve Martin, Sigourney Weaver, Dax Shepard, and Maura Tierney make the most of their time on screen. Of course there are plenty of brief appearances by other SNL cast members.

“Baby Mama” is an enjoyable middle-of-the-road comedy.

DVD BONUS FEATURES:

• DELETED SCENES: Laugh along with the film’s hilarious deleted scenes.

• ALTERNATE ENDING: See how the film could have ended, with this comical alternate ending.

• FROM CONCEPTION TO DELIVERY: THE MAKING OF BABY MAMA! Utilizing behind the scenes footage and interviews, Writer/Director Michael McCullers, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Sigourney Weaver and Greg Kinnear take us through the hysterical journey of bringing “Baby Mama” to the screen.

• SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE: LEGACY OF LAUGHTER: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler talk about what it’s like to work together with SNL alumnus Writer/Director Michael McCullers.

• FEATURE COMMENTARY WITH WRITER/DIRECTOR MICHAEL MCCULLERS, PRODUCER LORNE MICHAELS AND CAST MEMBERS TINA FEY & AMY POEHLER.

BLU-RAY™ HI-DEF BONUS FEATURES:

• U-CONTROL: This uniquely-immersive, in-movie experience from Universal allows you to customize your own high definition experience with spectacular interactive features – all without stopping the movie!

o PICTURE-IN-PICTURE: Learn more about the making of this film by viewing behind-the-scenes moments as the movie plays.

• FEATURE COMMENTARY WITH WRITER/DIRECTOR MICHAEL MCCULLERS, PRODUCER LORNE MICHAELS AND CAST MEMBERS TINA FEY & AMY POEHLER.

• MY SCENES: Create clips of your favorite scenes to watch over and over again!

 

 

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