Sunday, April 27, 2008

"Baby Mama" Set in Philadelphia, Just Not Shot Here

tina fey, amy poehler and dax in baby mamaThis weekend’s #1 movie at the box office — the Tina Fey/Amy Poehler flick “Baby Mama” — is set in Philadelphia.

Tina Fey is an executive at a Whole Foods-esque grocery company here who lives in “Rittenhouse Square” and hires a "South Philly" working girl to be a surrogate mother and carry her child.

Unfortunately, most of the film was shot in Brooklyn, not Philadelphia.
Baby Mama, set in Philadelphia, was filmed in Brooklyn with three days of location shooting. (Alas, it has some of the worst geographical verisimilitude since John Cusack's Money for Nothing, the Joey Coyle story where Pittsburgh proved an absurd, and mountainous, substitute.

Kate lives near a hilly Rittenhouse Square. When Poehler goes into labor in Philadelphia, the women rush across the Benjamin Franklin Bridge to Camden to go to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Ugh.)
Those inaccuracies notwithstanding, the film does apparently put Philadelphia in a relatively good light, so at least our stand-in didn't completely screw us.

We have not seen the film, however, so we can not definitively comment on the overall effect.

Baby Mama(s): Fey & Poehler [ Philadelphia Inquirer ]

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