Big Laughs but Troubling Morality in Baby Mama
- Friday, April 25, 2008
The knowing laughs are offset somewhat by the cultural milieu of single parenthood, which is never questioned, but rather encouraged. At one point, Rob says to Kate—with no humorous intent—“You don’t have to be married to have a kid.” No, but not all single moms have the income of Kate, nor do they take easy comfort, as she does, in the idea that a good (and expensive) nanny help will raise their child. A brief coda catching up with the characters at a future birthday party does nothing to present the hard realities of raising a child without a spouse—Waitress has a similarly rosy denouement—but if these films got serious, they wouldn’t be comedies. They would be much closer to tragedies.
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- Language/Profanity: Lord’s name taken in vain; some foul language; racially charged language; multiple references to female and male body parts; discussion of kids who have two mommies.
- Drugs/Alcohol: Box of cigarettes is shown, and reference is made to smoking while pregnant; scene at a club; drinking of wine.
- Sex/Nudity: Woman visits a fertility center and leaves with a canister; discussion of adultery; a scene of “grinding” on the dance floor; a woman relieves herself in a bathroom sink; a couple goes back to an apartment and is shown fixing breakfast together the next morning.
- Violence: Vandalism.
- Religion: A Methodist couple chooses a Wiccan as its surrogate and later speaks about the “pagan birth.”
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