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Baby Mama

An overachieving health-food executive who can't conceive a child (Tina Fey) contracts with a fertility agency (run by a beatific Sigourney Weaver) to have one of her eggs hatched by a knucklehead from the wrong side of the tracks (Amy Poehler). Saturday Night Live veteran Michael McCullers wrote and directed this vehicle for longtime costars Fey and Poehler, who get the most out of his dialogue with their sharp timing. There's some funny character work from Dax Shepard as Poehler's numskull boyfriend and Steve Martin as Fey's health-guru boss (“I was swimming this morning with the dolphins of Costa Rica when I realized something: I am a great man”). Yet the script favors routine Odd Couple gags over the sort of comic contemplation of motherhood a writer like Fey might have brought to the subject. With Greg Kinnear, Romany Malco, and Maura Tierney. PG-13, 99 min.

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