Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By John Mulderig

4/23/2008 (7 years ago)

Catholic News Service (www.catholicnews.com)

NEW YORK (CNS) -- "Baby Mama" (Universal/Relativity) is a frequently funny but morally problematic romantic comedy about one woman's obsession with having a child.

Baby Mama (Universal/Relativity)

Baby Mama (Universal/Relativity)

Highlights

By John Mulderig

Catholic News Service (www.catholicnews.com)

4/23/2008 (7 years ago)

Published in Movies


Thirty-seven and single, hard-driving grocery chain executive Kate (Tina Fey), who has long put career ahead of family, has begun to hear her biological clock tolling. Discovering that adoption could take as long as five years, she tries artificial insemination. When this fails, she consults an obstetrician who tells her that her chances of conceiving are one in a million.

Not to be deterred, she turns to Chaffee (Sigourney Weaver), the imposing head of a surrogate mother agency, and is soon visited by the, shall we say, unpolished Angie (Amy Poehler), who, at the urging of deadbeat common-law husband Carl (Dax Shepard), eventually agrees to bear the child.

When she and Carl temporarily split, Kate takes in Angie as a roommate, with predictable "Odd Couple" consequences. Love, meanwhile, finds its way into Kate's life in the person of ex-lawyer -- now juice-bar owner -- Rob (Greg Kinnear).

Writer-director Michael McCullers' partially improvised feature debut, with a cast that also includes Steve Martin as Kate's dippy boss, abounds in comic energy. But for most of its running time, the film implicitly accepts current mores regarding fertility that are contrary to Catholic values.

Procedures such as artificial insemination and surrogate motherhood inevitably separate the unitive and procreative aspects of human sexuality and may remove procreation from its God-given context of committed marital love. Here, they are accorded the status of acceptable alternatives to natural conception, even if -- forgive the partial spoiler -- the ending manages to skirt most of these issues.

The film contains acceptability of surrogate parenting and artificial insemination, implied premarital sex, some crude and crass language, sexual and scatological humor, and a drug reference. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is O -- morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

---

Copyright (c) 2007 Catholic News Service/U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops



Comments


More Movies

5 faith-based movies coming in 2016 that are worth your time and money Watch

Image of

By Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Faith-based films with an overt Christian message have been making inroads in the nation's box offices. The film industry is responding to audiences who want Christian themes in their entertainment, and even more films that are Christian are coming to theaters ... continue reading


The Young Messiah: Film to depict Christ as a child Watch

Image of The Young Messiah is the story of Jesus' youth (Wikipedia).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

"The Young Messiah" is the story of Christ's childhood. Who was he? How did he grow to be the world's Savior? What must it have been like to know the Christ child? LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - On "The Young Messiah" website, it is explained: "Inspired by ... continue reading


The one amazing thing waves of teenagers are doing after seeing this powerful film will inspire you Watch

Image of Recently released to the home entertainment market via DVD and Blu-Ray,

By Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Many movies make us laugh, thrill us and make us cry ... in the case of the football film, "Woodlawn," the film's story on how a community is torn apart by racial strife to later reunite because of God's love has audiences standing up and cheering - and ... continue reading


New faith-based film 'The Pastor' addresses gang violence, urban decay Watch

Image of Arturo Muyshondt, the star and writer of the new faith-based film

By Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The faith-based film "The Pastor" is playing in 400 theaters tonight only across the United States. "The Pastor" tells the story of a former gang member, played by the film's writer Arturo Muyshondt, who turns his life over to God and begins his ministry in a ... continue reading


Opulent castle in Hitchcock masterpiece 'To Catch a Thief' on the market Watch

Image of Sharing the screen with Cary Grant in 1955, Grace Kelly fell in love with the amazingly beautiful castle.

By Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The breathtaking Castle of la Croix des Gardes, used to good effect in the 1955 Alfred Hitchcock classic, "To Catch a Thief" is back on the market again after 56 years. Grace Kelly adored the location, with its graceful Florentine contours. The owner of the ... continue reading


China's wealthiest man spends huge amount of money on THIS unexpected purchase Watch

Image of China's wealthiest man, Wang Jianlin has bought the Burbank-based Legendary Entertainment studio outright for $3.5 billion in cash.

By Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The Chinese movie ticket-buying public will quickly outpace the North American one. In this spirit, China's wealthiest man, Wang Jianlin has bought the Burbank-based Legendary Entertainment studio outright for $3.5 billion in cash. Legendary Entertainment is ... continue reading


'The Revenant' and 'The Martian' sweep Golden Globe Awards Watch

Image of Actress Whitney Port arrived in a dress that was barely there at the 73rd Golden Globes Awards.

By Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The 73rd Annual Golden Globes Awards honored the grueling Wild West tale "The Revenant" and the speculative science epic "The Martian" with the lion's share of awards Sunday night. The ceremony went off without any noticeable glitches, although actors Bellamy ... continue reading


Christian movie 'The Masked Saint' offers up faith along with wrasslin' moves Watch

Image of In

By Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

"The Masked Saint," about a professional wrestler turned to small town pastor (Brett Granstaff) has generated positive reviews. Its offbeat combination of sports, heroism, and faith has proved to be a winning combination. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - In ... continue reading


'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' set to overtake all box office records after released in China Watch

Image of

By Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

There exists the slim possibility that "Star Wars; The Force Awakens" in its first 23 days of theatrical release could NOT be the top box office draw of this weekend. It may actually go to "Ride Along 2" or Michael bay's "13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of ... continue reading


'The Force Awakens' surpasses 'Avatar' as the highest-grossing domestic movie of all time Watch

Image of J.J. Abrams'

By Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The "Star Wars" series has legions of faithful fans - and plenty of new ones, it seems. In the words of Obi Wan, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" has become "more powerful than we could have possibly imagined." The movie has toppled "Avatar" from its roost as ... continue reading


All Movies News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

the FEED
by Catholic Online

  • Palm Sunday HD Video
  • Take this thought provoking Stations of the Cross survey
  • Can you answer these four challenging questions about Lent?
  • Daily Readings for Wednesday, February 10, 2016
  • Stations of the Cross - Fourth Station: Jesus meets his mother HD Video
  • 10 important things to consider during Lent
  • St. Scholastica: Saint of the Day for Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Joel 2:12-18
12 'But now -- declares Yahweh- come back to me with all your heart, ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 51:3-4, 5-6, 12-13, 14, 17
3 For I am well aware of my offences, my sin is constantly in ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18
1 'Be careful not to parade your uprightness in public to attract ... Read More

Reading 2, Second Corinthians 5:20--6:2
20 So we are ambassadors for Christ; it is as though God were urging you ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for February 10th, 2016 Image

St. Scholastica
February 10: St. Scholastica, sister of St. Benedict, ... Read More