Baby Mama 

Good looking writers can have success even away from their computers. This is the lesson I've chosen to learn from Tina Fey's career. And from her latest movie? Don't let a nut be a surrogate mother for your unborn baby.

Thirty-seven-year-old grocery chain executive Kate Holbrook (Fey, TV's 30 Rock) feels she's put off her personal life long enough, but her T-shaped uterus keeps her from conceiving. The adoption wait time is too long, so she utilizes a surrogate mother service. Though the service's founder (Sigourney Weaver) swears her employees are thoroughly checked out, Kate somehow winds up housing a horribly inappropriate surrogate mother (Amy Poehler, Blades of Glory).

This movie reeks of Saturday Night Live, featuring five former alums, with scripting and direction from former SNL and Austin Powers trilogy writer Michael McCullers. Smaller roles are filled by Weaver, Greg Kinnear (As Good As It Gets), Dax Sheppard (Employee of the Month) and Romany Malco (The 40 Year Old Virgin), all who add good bits from different schools of comedy.

This movie isn't drop-dead funny, but it's got enough laughs and sweetness to make a decent rental. And the bonus is that, for once, the hero(ine) is a successful woman instead of a slacker man, making it all the much better.

For whatever, reason, the DVD's alternate ending is actually better than the theatrical version's, so if you give this one a shot, tune to the special features for a little cuter finale.

This video courtesy of Hollywood Video, 590 Broadway Ave., 208-342-6117.

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