Friday, August 8, 2008

Working Girl Rents Baby Mama

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are two strong, independent and more importantly hilarious women. These funny ladies are definitely role models of mine - working their way up from small-time comedians at Second City and the Upright Citizens Brigade to starring on Saturday Night Live. And now, the they are starring in major motion pictures (with Fey even writing and sometimes producing them). Talk about inspiring. 

So when ads started coming out for a Tina Fey & Amy Poehler collaboration in the form of a movie about surrogate parents, I jumped at the chance to go see the movie that I was sure would make me pee my pants from laughter. I even think that WG1 and I saw it the day it came out (we heart going to the movies btw - I think mainly because we have an excuse to eat nachos). 

To my surprise and sublime happiness, Baby Mama wasn't just a movie about finding a surrogate parent. It also incorporated succeeding at work - or rather succeeding so much so at work that everything else gets put to the side. Tina Fey stars as Kate, a 37-year-old vice president at an organic food company who desperately wants a baby - like she says in the movie, "When other women were getting pregnant, I was getting promotions". And while the movie totally revolves around Kate's clock a ticking to have a baby (any way and at any cost), sometimes we do get to see Kate at work - and when we do it made me crack up. 

Steve Martin plays Kate's completely granola and new age boss Barry. I love Steve Martin (Father of the Bride is still one of my fave movies), and he didn't disappoint with his scenes. He had me cracking up every time he joined Fey onscreen. Barry's wacky requests (like having Kate join him on top of the conference room table to enjoy five minutes of "uninterrupted eye contact") made me happy I don't work in the organic food industry. Just a sidenote: don't let my boss see this movie because she would totally want to incorporate this eye contact idea into our one-on-one meetings. No joke.

I suppose what I truly liked most about this movie was the pairing of Fey and Poehler. Like I said before, I love their passion. They obviously bring their spunk and love of what they do to everything they do (30 Rock or SNL) and this movie is no different. While Baby Mama is not the best movie ever made, nor does it keep you laughing the entire 96 minutes, it does send the message that women can have both baby and career (if they have enough dough to go it alone - the movie tells us that it's $10,000 to have a baby through a surrogate parent). And I love that in the end, Kate and Angie are still best friends raising their children together. Two women happy with the choices that they have made in life. 

So while I didn't leave the movie theater wow'ed or with wet pants, I still admire this movie for its message and for its comedic actresses. 

Do we think I can hire Fey and Poehler to be my friends? Just for the day? 

Baby Mama comes out on DVD on September 9, 2008. 

14 comments:

Ken said...

You would not have to pay them, All you need to do is get them to meet you, The rest would just fall into place!!. I think you gal's would be great friends

Jade said...

Oooooo oooh!!

Holly Renee said...

Baby Mama is a great movie. Amy Poehler and Tina Fey are also role models of mine.

I love your blog, by the way. I found it a few days ago on Blogger's 'Blogs of Note.' I'm not quite a working girl... well, I guess I am considered a retail working girl. Anyway... your blog keeps me entertained. I look forward to your future posts!

ELI3 said...

I doubt that, as a married male of 36, I fall directly into your target demographic but I wanted to tell you that I love your blog. I read it daily and have it linked on my sports themed blog.
You are an inspiration for us upstarts.
ps. my wife is a working girl and loves the blog, too.

Maki said...

Actually I didn't get to see it in the theatre, so I'll definitely check it out when it comes on DVD. I'm a mother of two little girls, so I want to see how those two funny leading ladies play out each other!

Maxie said...

I just added it to my netflix que :-)

Mio said...

When I saw that you rented it I ran to Blockbuster... they looked at me like I was crazy and said, "Nope, not in!"

I come back, re-read your post and see that it comes out next month. I'm dumb. LOL.

that girl ? said...

Want to see this movie! Will definately rent it when it comes out on DVD...trips to the cinema are limited due to Small Child! Have you seen Mamma Mia? Definately pee in your pants material!!

Afrobabe said...

lol @ paying them to be ur friends for a day...they might turn out to be uninteresting in real life...

Alexandreena said...

I so want to see that movie now!

Andy said...

I enjoyed that movie, too (as well? also?) Sigourney Weaver was hilarious. If you can hire celebrities to be your friends, let me know. I'd hire Elijah Wood so I could feel tall while making inappropriate comments about Hobbit love.

Bayjb said...

I need to put this on my Netflix list because I really wanted to see this in the theaters. They're comedy gold!

Kristi said...

I love this movie. So cute. I want to be Tina Fey when I grow up!!

Holly Anne said...

Oooh, I saw this movie not too long ago and I loved it! Tina Fey is brilliant :)