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Baby Mama | 2008 | PG-13 | - 5.3.5

A 37-year-old, very successful businesswoman (Tina Fey) feels that the time has come for her to have a child. She has no significant other in her life and determines that she will try to do it on her own. After unsuccessful attempts at in vitro fertilization and adoption, she reluctantly hires a surrogate (Amy Poehler). Also with Sigourney Weaver, Dax Shepard, Greg Kinnear, Romany Malco, Maura Tierney and Steve Martin. Directed by Michael McCullers II. [1:36]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - A man and a woman kiss and they talk about going to the man's apartment (sex is implied, nothing is shown). We see a woman coming down the stairs in a man's apartment and it is implied that she has spent the night (nothing is shown).
 A man and a woman kiss in several scenes. A man leans over to kiss a woman, she pulls back saying "I just threw up" and he kisses her on the forehead instead.
 Women wear low-cut dresses and tops that reveal cleavage in several scenes, a woman wears a low-cut nightgown that reveals cleavage, and a woman wears a sport bra and tight pants that reveal bare shoulders and her abdomen.
 A woman says to another woman, "I want you to put your baby inside me" and the other woman says, "I want to put my baby inside you." A woman says she was "horny." A man asks a woman for a "quickie in the car," she throws something at him and he says, in crude terms, he is going to go have sex with her friends. Two women talk about past relationships and one says that a man "touched her boobs." A woman tells a man that her breasts are her own. While in a crowded nightclub, two women look around at men and make comments about their level of sexual interest in them. A man tells a woman "I haven't had sex in two weeks." A man talks about his common law wife becoming a surrogate and that if she has to have sex with "another guy, it'll cost more." A man talks about having children and the two women he had "relations with." A woman tells a man that she wants a baby "right now" on their first date. A woman talks about not knowing that she was pregnant and makes references to her menstrual cycle and symptoms, and the man she is talking to is bothered by the conversation. A woman tells another woman that she was told that the secret to success is to "have a big penis." A woman compliments another woman's legs (nothing sexual is implied). A woman remarks about the breasts of a video game character. A man talks about having had an accident that made his genitals bigger. A doctor talks to a woman about her trouble getting pregnant and refers to her advanced age and her oddly shaped uterus (we see an X-ray image of a uterus). A woman says, "No, I can't put it in your butt" referring to a prenatal vitamin.
 Men and women dance together at a club and one man smacks the buttocks of a woman he is dancing with. Romantic music plays while two women look at each other and dance in a hospital room, where one gets into a gynecological exam chair and they then hold hands.
 A woman goes to a sperm bank and makes a withdrawal (we see her carrying a container presumably with frozen sperm in it). A store sign resembles a phallus (a banana surrounded by an apple and an orange).
 A woman squats in a sink urinating (we hear a trickle). We see a man in a bathroom sitting on a toilet with his pants around his ankles.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A man is struck in the back by a baseball thrown by a pitching machine (we hear a thud and he is pushed against the fence). A woman forces another woman under a shower to rinse out chemicals from her hair.
 A doctor with a very long needle is shown reaching between a woman's legs during the in vitro process.
 A woman throws a garbage can into the back window of a car and the window shatters. A woman faints in a delivery room.
 A woman screams, yells at people and calls for drugs during labor. A woman says, "I'd rather be shot in the face than eat this stuff." A man talks about "eating the afterbirth" as part of their birthing ritual. A woman says, "these hormone injections are making me want to punch you in the face." A man talks about his surrogate being a Wiccan and being afraid that she will put a spell on him. A woman asks her child "Is that chocolate or poop on you?" and she then smells and licks it (it is determined to be chocolate).
 A woman's water breaks (we hear a splash and see a puddle at her feet). A woman squats in a sink urinating (we hear a trickle). We see a man in a bathroom sitting on a toilet with his pants around his ankles. A woman tries to swallow an enormous vitamin but cannot and spits it out several times. A woman pretends to be vomiting by pouring soup into a toilet (we hear splattering). A woman rushes out of a room and later says that she threw up (we do not see or hear anything). A woman shoves many chocolate cupcakes in her mouth. A woman sticks a piece of chewed gum under a table and we see many other pieces stuck there also.


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LANGUAGE 5 - 1 F-word, 7 sexual references, 6 scatological terms, 7 anatomical terms, 8 mild obscenities, name-calling (stupid, fat, fatty, white trash, ignorant, dummy), 10 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - A woman drinks a lot of different types of alcohol at a club, a pregnant woman drinks alcohol at a club, many people are shown drinking alcohol at a club, a woman drinks wine, and an open beer bottle is on a table next to a man (we do not see him drink). We do not see a pregnant woman smoke, but she has a pack of cigarettes. A woman is given an IV sedative, a woman tries to swallow an enormous vitamin, a woman screams, yells at people and calls for drugs during labor, and a doctor talks about drugs used during pregnancy that could affect the fertility of the unborn child.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Career vs. family, business, success, parenting, adoption, sperm banks, fertilization methods, hormone injections, adoption, in vitro fertilization, surrogacy, grudges, children outside of marriage, reading people's energies, single parenting, homosexuality, betrayal, goals, being useful, being needed, hermaphrodites, natural childbirth vs. being medicated.

MESSAGE - Life is messy and cannot always be planned.

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