Baby Mama (2008) [Blu-Ray]

Genre(s): Comedy
Universal || PG13 - 99 minutes - $39.98 || September 9, 2008
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2008-08-28


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

B L U - R A Y
.:: EXCLUSIVES ::.

Blu-ray Exclusives

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Michael McCullers
Writer(s): Michael McCullers (written by)
Cast: Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Greg Kinnear, Dax Shepard, Sigourney Weaver


Theatrical Release Date: April 25, 2008


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Feature Commentary
  • U-Control (BD Exclusive)


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.85)
  • English (DTS MA 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

Kate Holbrook (Tina Fey) is getting up there in age desperately wants to have a baby. She tries many different tactics to try and get pregnant and all seem to fail on her. Eventually the doctors tell her she has a "one in a million" shot of getting pregnant so she seeks out a new method where her eggs (and someone else’s sperm) are put into a woman who will carry the baby for her for a large sum of money ($100,000).

Eventually Kate manages to win over her potential "baby mama" Angie (Amy Poehler) and after the eggs are inserted into her all trouble seems to break loose. Soon Angie leaves her husband (Dax Shepard) to move into Kate's apartment where we get some classic sitcom story lines where Kate is the controlling one while Angie is the wild one. In the mean time Kate prepares to open up a new health food store for her company and at the same time she starts dating a guy (Greg Kinnear) she met from a juice shop.

As much as I wanted to love the film it wasn't really that funny. It had its comedic moments, but from the get go I know exactly how the plot would go and what would happen to both of our stars. It's probably very typical for a film of this caliber, but Tina Fey is usually pretty sharp and here I felt her talent was wasted. Maybe she should start working on a script for Mean Girls 2 instead of a really long “SNL” skit.

As for the acting, it’s about what you would expect. As I mentioned above, Tina Fey is essentially wasted here and her role could be played by any other actress willing to take the part. She doesn't have the flair like her character Liz Lemon in “30 Rock”, but overall I feel I wasn't very satisfied by her. Amy Poehler tends to portray the same character in nearly every film and TV Show she has ever been in (Blades of Glory, “Arrested Development”, “SNL”) and just like before, I started to hate her more and more as the film went on. It’s not that I don't like Amy, I really do, but she really needs to break out of the same roles she always forced into much like Adam Sandler who went from the goofy idiot making funny noises to a somewhat goofy idiot who yells a lot.

In reverse, I felt the male roles were very strong. From the commercials and cover art you would never know that Greg Kinnear, Steven Martin and Dax Shepard are in the film which seems a bit odd because all three are probably equal (if not better) than out two female leads. Greg Kinnear (Oh how I miss him from “Talk Soup”) does an excellent role playing the charming guy who sweeps the loveless Kate off her feet. Steve Martin, who hasn't done much in the past few years, does an excellent job in the role of Kate's health nut boss and Dax Shepard, well, he tends to play the same roles in nearly every film and succeeds in this yet again.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Commentary with Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Writer/Director Michael McCullers and Producer Lorne Michaels - Not a very exciting track since Tina Fey takes the lead here while everyone else is left to speak little tidbits of information every once and a while.

U-Control (BonusView - 1.1 / BD-Live Players - 2.0 only) - Universal is on a roll with these U-Control features and while this provides some information on the film, it’s not very active and often you are stuck staring at a U in the bottom of the screen. ** Blu-ray Exclusive **

Once again it looks like Universal has dropped the ball for this Blu-ray release. Originally announced to be pressed on a BD50 disc with several other additional features (Deleted Scenes, Alternate Ending, Making of, SNL Stories), it now looks like all have been dropped. While it appears the U-Control does include the Making of, the rest is gone. Why couldn't they bring these extras to us in SD? If you want to see these looks like you will have to either rent or purchase the DVD. Bad move, Universal.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Baby Mama is presented in its Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1 (VC1) on a BD25 Disc. A very clean transfer with minimal grain makes this a very pleasant experience. I didn't notice any edge enhancement - which is a good thing coming since their past catalog titles on Blu-ray have been plagued with it. While I certainly wasn't overly impressed with the transfer, for a comedy it does a very good job.

Universal has included an English 5.1 DTS MA track for this release. Since the film is nearly 100% dialog, don't expect much of anything from your rear speakers. Dialog is clean and clear and that's what matters for a dialog driven film like this.



.::OVERALL::.

While I wasn't overly impressed with Baby Mama, it’s not a bad film. It certainly has its moment, but I don't know if I see myself clamoring to re-watch this anytime soon. Universal has brought over decent Picture and Audio, but once again lacks on the Special Features. Hopefully this trend ends before The Incredible Hulk arrives...