Stop-Loss

Starring Amy Pohler, Dax Shepherd, Holland Taylor and Greg Kinnear. Directed by Mike McCullers
Running Time: 99 mins
Rated: Rated PG (mild coarse language and sexual references).
Much of this comedy derives from Saturday Night Live. Its stars, Amy Pohler and Tina Fey have made frequent appearances and have written for the show. Writer-director, Mike McCullers (Austin Powers) has written for it and Lorne Michaels is a long-time producer. However, that having been said, it should be added that the satire is much lighter here - with a lot more feeling and sentiment.

Tina Fey portrays Kate, a rapidly upwardly-mobile VP of a prosperous health food company which is expanding its shops (and is presided over by an ex-hippie who is into the mantras, the jargon and the New Age processes but is now corporately rich - and is played by Steve Martin). She has never had the urge to have children but, at 37, she is now seeing children everywhere. An indiscreet gynaecologist tells her that her uterus is the wrong shape and she only has one chance in a million in conceiving. Adoption will take a very long time. She tries out sperm donors. And, finally, she goes to a chic surrogacy firm run with unctuous charm and ruthlessness by Sigourney Weaver (who has no trouble, at her age, of becoming pregnant naturally).

The prospective mother, Angie, is played by Amy Pohler (who has many funny roles to her credit, like Blades of Glory). She is what used to be called (and the 'superior' Kate still has little trouble in calling her) 'white trash'. Dax Shepherd is good as her 'common-law' husband.

Everything about the pregnancy itself seems to be going well, but Angie is one of the most politically incorrect eater, drinker, smoker, dancer, karaoke singer, couch potato that the screenwriters could think up. It all becomes a female version of The Odd Couple.

Naturally, Kate does overcome her snobbishness (which she obviously gets from her bluntly self-absorbed mother, Holland Taylor), helps Angie tidy up and better herself. Angie assists in Kate letting down her hair (actually, she puts it up when she goes clubbing, dancing and drinking). She meets a former lawyer who now makes smoothies, the ever-genial Greg Kinnear and

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