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die hard is a xmas movie | by maryann johanson

my week at the movies: ‘Baby Mama,’ ‘Forgetting Sarah Marshall,’ ‘Son of Rambow’

Slowish movie week for me, which is just fine: I’m saving up my energy for New York Comic Con this weekend, and then the Tribeca Film Festival starts next week, so I’m gonna be superbusy.

I can’t help but be wary of Baby Mama [opens wide April 25], which is about the infertile Tina Fey employing Amy Poehler as a surrogate mother. It’s not the suibject matter that puts me on alert but that fact that it’s a man who has written and directed this one. And not just any man, but Michael McCullers, a first-time director whose previous scripts don’t show any particularly insight into, you know, women: it’s a lot of Austin Powers and a little of stuff like Thunderbirds. Then again, not understanding women hasn’t stopped men writing about them for forever.

And then — oh goodie! — there’s Forgetting Sarah Marshall [opens wide April 18]. Because I just can’t get enough of postadolescent misogyny masquerading as juvenile idiocy.

Finally for this week, I will try, for the third time, to see the British coming-of-age movie-geek movie Son of Rambow [opens limited May 2]. Geez, for all the bad luck I’ve had in trying to get to this one, it had better be great.

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