Monday, June 9, 2008
Tina Fey's new movie, Baby Mama, impressed me again as she always does. Being the huge SNL fan that I am, I go out to see most, if not all, movies put out by ex-SNL stars, excluding an obvious few (Eddie Murphy, Steve Martin, Rob Schneider, Kevin Nealon, David Spade, etc). But, certain stars are a must-see, and Tina Fey is one of them.
I praised her before when she hosted SNL, but she truly has a comedic writing gift. Even though she did not write this movie, as she did others like Mean Girls, she still was able to insert her own humor into it. You know when she picks a movie, it's going to be a good one.
Tina and Amy Poehler work so well together, as they did on Weekend Update. There is this chemistry that clicks on camera--and they surely capture it in this movie. Even though it may have looked cheesy as a trailer, this movie had many moments where you just laughed until your sides hurt. I think most of those scenes were improv-based, or they were given some rough outline and they just used their comedic creative juices. Whatever the formula was, the film was excellent. Steve Martin's bit in it was absolutely hilarious too.
Tina always plays the same character--that might be my only criticism. She's always that aging-but-still-young single woman who is successful (has a nice job that pays very well) and has quirky characteristics that make her nerdy. Amy switches it up; she has the ability to do amazing impersonations and mold to multiple characters. She is very talented. But in this role, Amy really plays the trashy woman role extremely well. It's so funny because she has it down SO well--kudos to her performance. Hopefully soon, Tina can move from the role she is tied to to something else that she can do and excel at as well.
Who can doubt Tina Fey's judgments in her projects when she backs an excellent comedy show on NBC, 30 Rock? I was worried that show might be taken off the air because it was just too good: can something this good actually remain on theh air? A lot of shows, which aren't very good, stay on because they are trashy like that. At least 30 Rock is given the attention it deserves and is still on and thriving. If you haven't seen that show, you need to check it out. It has smart one-liners that will make you gawk, laugh, or just drop your jaw. Very witty and hilarious.
So, that is my two cents on Tina Fey. Go see Baby Mama if you haven't--it's a great flick.
What did you think of Baby Mama? What do you think of Tina Fey?