First look at “Baby Mama”

Last spring, Scribe Grrrl riffed about the dream casting (and character naming)
in the upcoming Tina Fey movie Baby Mama. Well, the first
test-screening has happened in New York and although I was not there,
I did read the review that some random viewer posted online. So it was almost like being there.

Baby Mama, again, stars
Tina Fey as a successful, single, baby-desiring woman who hires a surrogate
(Amy Poehler) when she learns she’s unable to conceive. Circumstances
lead Poehler’s character to move in with Fey’s character and hilarity
likely ensues. The bottom line, according
to random reviewer, is that Baby Mama is quite good and funny,
but not as good as Mean Girls.

Here’s Tina Fey on the set
of Baby Mama:

And in Mean Girls:

Of course, it’s not an apples-to-apples
comparison, because Tina Fey did not write Baby Mama and did
not star in Mean Girls. And, of course, I have no idea who “random
reviewer” is, so it’s not clear why I should pay attention to his (I’m
pretty sure it’s a he) review. But he saw it and I didn’t, so he knows
more. And, basically, I have high hopes for Baby Mama if it’s
in the same class as Mean Girls, which I loved. And Baby Mama,
unlike Mean Girls, filmed on my street and in my current favorite restaurant, so it gets extra points right off
the bat.

Random reviewer had the following
things to say about the movie:

1. It’s funny and the plot
is not predictable.

2. Tina Fey plays a variation
on the character she always plays — a successful thirty-something who
likes to eat. And she’s very good.

3. The rest of the cast is
great, too, but Amy Poehler’s “ghetto” characterization is inconsistent.

I wish random reviewer had
said a little more about the casting. Aside from Tina Fey and Amy Poehler,
he only mentioned the men — Greg Kinnear, Steve Martin

and Romany Malco.

I want to know about the women.
As Scribe mentioned previously and as confirmed by, Sigourney Weaver
plays Chaffee Bicknell, the surrogate agency head.

And then, according to,
there’s the additional wonderfulness of Maura Tierney and
Holland Taylor
. (They only get a first name each, Caroline and Rose,

But I don’t know if this is
accurate, because Steve Martin is not listed on IMDb and random reviewer
raves about his role as Tina Fey’s boss. (In my version of the movie,
BTW, things get shifted around, and either Maura Tierney or Signourney
Weaver is Tina Fey’s girlfriend, and they’re having this baby together.)
That makes me wonder if Holland Taylor was originally cast as the boss,
maybe. But this is all speculation right now. We’ll see who’s actually
in it when more information is released.

Regardless, I’m excited about
the movie and am looking forward to seeing it in the spring.