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AS the in­cred­i­bly glam cover of Van­ity Fair demon­strates, 2008 was Tina Fey’s year. Her Satur­day Night Live im­per­son­ations of a cer­tain vice-pres­i­den­tial can­di­date ( along with a slew of Em­mys) meant she had to leave the dinghy of cult co­me­di­ans and board the lux­ury cruise ship of main­stream stars. So as well as long-time fans sali­vat­ing to see her re­united with SNL costar Amy Poehler, there will be many peo­ple who watch Baby Mama to see what all the fuss is about. Un­for­tu­nately, they prob­a­bly won’t be any closer to un­der­stand­ing be­cause this is a pretty av­er­age movie. Not av­er­age as in ‘‘ syn­onym for not very good’’, but just av­er­age. There are laughs but the pre­dictable plot is not the best ve­hi­cle for ei­ther of th­ese tal­ented women. Fey stars as Kate Holbrook, a driven ex­ec­u­tive at an or­ganic food com­pany who, be­ing the wrong side of 35, de­cides to have a baby on her own. Un­for­tu­nately, her uterus has other ideas, so she hires white trash Angie Ostrowiski ( Poehler) as her sur­ro­gate. Hi­lar­ity, it goes without say­ing, ensues. Fey and Poehler have great comic tim­ing and a fan­tas­tic chem­istry with each other. They wring what they can out of the ma­te­rial. Steve Martin is also good value as Kate’s new age boss, and neu­rotic par­ents will iden­tify with want­ing to ster­ilise the ball pit. Un­for­tu­nately, Sigour­ney Weaver’s overly fer­tile sur­ro­gacy bro­ker doesn’t pay off quite as well. Baby Mama is en­tirely watch­able, but with the amount of tal­ent in­volved, ‘‘ not bad’’ is not good enough.

Kerrie Mur­phy EX­TRAS: Trail­ers, deleted scenes

( M) Uni­ver­sal ( 96 min­utes) $ 39.95

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