An actress in her thirties — a woman, that is, still playing characters of babymaking age — may have it even tougher than actresses in their forties and fifties. Unless she is exceedingly glamorous, à la Charlize Theron, she can all too easily get stranded in the land of mom roles: Hair twisted into a messy bun, she's perennially grabbing her purse to whisk the kids off to soccer or dance; meanwhile, the dog has grabbed the meat off the counter — again! That on-screen image is a cartoon distillation of the trade-offs women make in real life: These movie women are exhausted, but they're happy. As is often true in real life, children give movie moms a sense of meaning and purpose and, most important, an easily... More >>>
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Tina Fey stars as Portia is both maddening and sympathetic.