No star is born

Tina Fey, so funny on TV, doesn't quite have the acting chops to carry 'Baby Mama' on the silver screen

Review C

April 25, 2008|By Michael Sragow | Michael Sragow,Sun Movie Critic

With everyone from the TV-awards circuit to Entertainment Weekly declaring Tina Fey the new queen of comedy, the producers of Baby Mama (including Saturday Night Live's Lorne Michaels) have treated her first star vehicle as a coronation. I love Tina Fey (who doesn't?), but you can start the crowning without me.

Playing a variation on the nice, sassy, confused single career-woman that she portrays on 30 Rock, Fey inhabits what should be her comfort zone as Kate Holbrook, a development vice president for a Whole Foods-like company (the wittily titled Real Earth). Told her chances of getting pregnant are one in a million because of her T-shaped uterus, she decides to use a surrogate to have a baby and ends up with raucous, declasse Angie Ostrowiski (Amy Poehler).

Baby Mama (Universal) Starring Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Greg Kinnear. Directed by Michael McCullers. Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual humor, language and a drug reference. Time 96 minutes.

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