Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB
USA, 2008. Broadway Video, Michaels-Goldwyn, Relativity Media. Screenplay by Michael McCullers. Cinematography by Daryn Okada. Produced by John Goldwyn, Lorne Michaels. Music by Jeff Richmond. Production Design by Jess Gonchor. Costume Design by Renee Ehrlich Kalfus. Film Editing by Bruce Green, Debra Neil-Fisher.
A highly successful business woman (Tina Fey) finds herself anxious to become a mother but unwilling to wait for her Prince Charming to come along and make it happen the old-fashioned way. Deciding to have a child on her own, she is frustrated by adoption waiting lists and her own oddly-shaped uterus, and so turns to the next logical solution, surrogacy.
Dropping a truckload of cash into the arms of the appropriate service clinic, she ends up with a junkfood-eating, trash-talking, airheaded mess of a girl (Amy Poehler) whose trunk agrees to carry Fey’s junk. When Poehler breaks up with her boyfriend and needs a place to stay, Fey is only too happy to help out and thus be there to oversee the daily journey of her baby’s creation.
This uninspired comedy should have been so much better considering the talent involved; Poehler is more of a caricature artist than an actress, but she’s still very funny and delivers her pop-culture enthusiastic gab with a lot of flair, while Fey is exceptionally good at making her character simultaneously funny and real.
Michael McCullers is completely uninspired as director or writer, however, and the whole thing feels like a tired retread of The Odd Couple with a gender rehaul. Greg Kinnear contributes a sweet performance as the romantic love interest, while Steve Martin as Fey’s boss does a hilarious send-up of nutty, eco-minded billionaires whose idea of rewarding his employees’ good work is to give them five minutes of “direct eye contact”.