Baby Mama

by admin September 16, 2008 11:11 am
Baby Mama

I didn't have the good fortune, i.e. 12 dollars to see Baby Mama when it first came out in theaters, so I had the pleasure of watching it at home on my computer in bed wearing headphones and guffawing like a retard so that both of my roommates independently came in to check that I was okay. All this is to say, if you haven't seen this movie yet, please do so immediately, as it is hilarious to a borderline I-hurt-myself degree. I keep thinking that Tina Fey movies are sort of like Judd Apatow ones as told from the female perspective -- she's so good at taking common experiences (like going to high school and having babies) and creating a scenario that's juuuust this side of believable, so that you can relate but you can also laugh so hard you pee yourself. Which, umm, I did not do, so whatever shut up!

The DVD offers a number of bonus features that wouldn't be a big deal for most movies, but because it's Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, they end up feeling like true extensions of the film. They are:

Alternate Ending: You'll understand why this was the alternate ending when you watch. Not to say it's awful, but certainly it's contrived and a little too pat for people who enjoy the dry humor Fey normally displays. I won't give it away, but think Jolie-Pitt.

Deleted Scenes: There are a decent amount of deleted scenes, and they're all fairly funny, but the best by far involves a birthing class instructor with a major speech impediment (she calls Tina's character Katie a "career woman" but it comes out sounding like "queer woman") explaining how long it's appropriate to nurse for. Trust me, this scene alone is worth the cost of the DVD.

Saturday Night Live: Legacy of Laughter: Sort of a shrug here. Basically this is just a coupla short interviews with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler about working at SNL and how awesome it is to work with Lorne Michaels. Whoop dee doo.

Commentary: This is probably the best feature offered on the DVD, because you've got writer/director Michael McCullers and Lorne Michaels and Tina and Amy all just riffing on the scenes, and it's almost like an improv skit in and of itself. You get a sense that they really had a good time making this movie. Tina and Amy are clearly best girlfriends and it's a treat to hear them bouncing stuff off each other -- sort of an insight into how they probably worked on SNL and other projects. They also both seem newly initiated into the world of major Hollywood films, so there are equal levels of wonder and self-deprecating humor when they discuss the technical aspects of making the movie (extras, stand-ins, locations, props, etc.). All in all, it's endearing and totally worthwhile.

Buy it now.




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