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Inspired by the perennial New York Times bestseller of the same name, WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOURE EXPECTING is a hilarious and heartfelt big screen comedy about five couples whose intertwined lives are turned upside down by the challenges of impending parenthood. Over the moon about starting a family, TV fitness guru Jules and dance show star Evan find that their high-octane celebrity lives dont stand a chance against the surprise demands of pregnancy. Baby-crazy author and advocate Wendy gets a taste of her own militant mommy advice when pregnancy hormones ravage her body while Wendys husband, Gary, struggles not to be outdone by his competitive alpha-Dad, whos expecting twins with his much younger trophy wife, Skyler. Photographer Holly is prepared to travel the globe to adopt a child, but her husband Alex isnt so sure, and tries to quiet his panic by attending a dudes support group...
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blogurious (23 May 2013)
If you have been through the experience of giving birth or simplybecoming a father you will probably be able to relate to the story. Notthat it wouldn't give an idea for those who don't belong in the circle,but it certainly makes more sense when you know exactly what they aretalking about. "What to Expect When You're Expecting" is supposed to be a comedy aboutbabies and the challenges they come with. But watching all thosecouples and their struggles makes it just as hard. Yes, in my opinion,they are not so funny as expected. The situations are meant to make youlaugh, but they didn't quite have my vote. The story is very simple andthe cast is full of familiar faces, but I still missed the rightatmosphere until we got to the end. Elizabeth Banks was lucky to getthe best parts and if weren't for the emotional end, I wouldn'thesitate to lower my score just a tad. Maybe you should see this onefor yourself.
collipal-1 (22 May 2013)
What to Expect When You're Expecting can be classified in the"self-help books turned into horrible films" category (along with He'sJust Not That Into You), but it can also fit into the "multipleHollywood stars trapped into a horrible film" category (along with NewYear's Eve and He's Just Not That Into You). Nevertheless, the nicheisn't very important, because the result is the same: a pathetic moviewith many famous actors but a deplorable screenplay. So, this tediousadaptation fails on every single level: as a comedy, it's completelyunfunny; and it doesn't respect the spirit of the book on which it wasbased, because it doesn't offer any advice or inspiration to the futuremothers (with one exception: "pretty people also suffer").In previous occasions, when Hollywood too books to the big screen, theywere novels, comics or biographies...something with a story,characters, chronological flow, or similar elements of narrative art.However, "money calls money", so any successful book is currentlysusceptible to be adapted into a movie. The book What to Expect WhenYou're Expecting has sold millions of copies, and it's been very usefulfor many families to face the difficulties of pregnancy (at leastthat's what I have been told). On the other hand, the film What toExpect When You're Expecting is a rehash of melodramatic clichÃ©s andromantic comedy formulas structured in a series of situation with a badshape and null rhythm. The result is a film full of insipid dialoguesand synthetic sentimentality which only provokes yawns.I honestly can't find any positive element in What to Expect WhenYou're Expecting, but at the same time, I admit the fact that I have abiological disadvantage and I can't evaluate the film from the point ofview of someone who has lived (or is living) pregnancy. Who knows? Thescreenplay I found intolerable might hide valuable observations andamusing references to moms and future moms who might feel themselvesidentified with the characters of this film (after all, Cameron Diaz,Jennifer Lopez and Brooklyn Decker are faithful reflections of theaverage woman, right?). But from my personal experience, I can'trecommend by any means this execrable piece of junk. And the worstthing of all is that What to Expect When You're Expecting establishesan unfortunate precedent to the adaptations of more books lacking ofthe story. I can already imagine some Hollywood screenwriter trying towrite "Handbook of iPhone: The Movie"...Katherine Heigl and AshtonKutcher are two linguistic geniuses who meet each other playing Wordswith Friends; they hate each other on the beginning, but their rivalrybecomes into a romance; Julia Roberts and Bradley Cooper accidentallyexchange telephones at a cafÃ©, and they attempt to meet each otherfollowing the dates of their respective calendars; when they finallymeet, they feel they know each other so well that they decide to getmarried; Patrick Dempsey is a lawyer who sends an innocent text messageto the judge Halle Berry, but the "auto correct" acts up and makes it asexually suggestive message; the judge makes him arrest, and the lawyermust defend his innocence at court...even though that means that willmean revealing his love for Berry; and finally, Robin Williams starts atrial for the State to recognize his marriage to Zooey Deschanel. Theproblem? Williams ends up falling in love with his lawyer JenniferGarner, and Deschanel becomes so jealous that she will make Garner'slife impossible.
napierslogs (16 May 2013)
I was expecting to come away with a sassy name for this new genre, theHollywood-ensemble rom-com, but there was nothing clever to provide anyinspiration in "What to Expect When You're Expecting". The best linethat I have heard to describe this comes from a fellow IMDb user,gregeichelberger, "It's "New Year's Eve" in the neo-natal unit;"Valentine's Day" with a uterus; "Knocked Up" times five." That sums upthe whole thing perfectly.The Hollywood ensemble is this frustrating trend to load the movie withas many stars as possible, so you have only floating heads and noactual characters. Surprisingly, one of the worst offenders is thesimilarly-themed indie dramedy "Conception" (2010) where we get tofollow 9 (yes, 9!) different couples. This movie isn't as bad, thereare only 5 main couples.The intertwining of them is very limited. The four other girlsbasically all watch Jules (Cameron Diaz) on her reality TV shows. Thetiming, on the other hand, is all in sync. They get pregnant at thesame time, start showing at the same time, and give birth at the sametime. The point is of course that you don't know what to expect sinceeach girl's pregnancy is different and experiences it differently.Jules is going to control it Â whether her partner tags along or not;Holly (Jennifer Lopez) is going to lie her way through adoption ifthat's what it takes; Wendy (Elizabeth Banks) wants the joy but getsthe worst; Skyler (Brooklyn Decker) is going to make it perfect, justlike herself; Rosie (Anna Kendrick) doesn't know what she's going todo. If the movie had left it at that, it would have been cute,romantic, funny and heartfelt, and possibly empowering.But then they introduced "the dude pack" which is even worse than itsounds. They are a group of fathers, led by Chris Rock, who are giventhe stupidest sounding lines to try and make funny. It was painful howunfunny it was. Imagine if you will, a Hollywood writer being paid tocome up with never-before-said lines to turn into popularcatch-phrases. The way "Horrible Bosses" was almost successful (butultimately not) with Sudeikis' "I would like to bend her over a barreland show her the fifty states". That was exactly the case with the"comedy" in this movie. All of their lines were met with a fewunimpressed question marks on faces but never any laughs.However, the mothers-to-be were pretty good. Some were on the boringside, but two were able to deliver enough humour and heart to almostmake up for the entirety of "What to Expect When You're Expecting". Idon't know what it is about Anna Kendrick but she makes my heart meltevery time she's on the screen. Extremely cute, in a relatable kind ofway, and able to hold our hearts, she was the one that got us throughthis movie. Elizabeth Banks was able to go as over-the-top as onlypregnant movie heroines are allowed to and gave it her all to deliverthe comedy of what not to expect. Of course, it wasn't quite enoughbecause we do know exactly what to expect.Follow my blog Napierslogs' Movie Expositions athttp://napierslogs.blogspot.com
ShelbyTMItchell (15 May 2013)
Really a cute movie about what to do when you are expecting. As it hasan all-star ensemble cast. And though it may not be the best movie, itis a chick flick.It shows JLo as a photographer and her husband, Rodrigo Santoro as acouple who try to adopt after failing to conceive. Another couple who also is trying to conceive with Elizabeth Banks whoruns a breast choice boutique store with Ben Falcone.Falcone's rich father is played by Dennis Quaid who is expecting twinswith a younger woman, Brooklyn Decker.Anna Kendrick and Chace Crawford are a couple who reunite and have thesaddest storyline which I won't spoil.And Chris Rock who runs a group of men with their dads on the way tothe park with their children, part secret society, part play group,etc.It is a cute movie. It is an ensemble film. That all the actors andactresses try to fight for screen time when that happens. Not the best film but cute on what to do, when you are expecting oradopting a child.
wilson trivino (12 May 2013)
God bless mamas. That is what you will want to say when you see What toExpect When You're Expecting. With a wide range of scenes filmed withinAtlanta, it is exciting to see a bit of familiarity in a big screenflick. From Georgia Aquarium, Piedmont Park, Smiths' Ole Bar, and downin Lil' Five Points in front of the Rag 'O Rama store to name a few.The story line is it traces the adventure of several couples of theygrapple with an important stage of life, having a baby. There is theodd couple, the loving couple, the unexpected couple and the list goeson. With Jennifer Lopez, Dennis Quaid, and Carmen Diaz in the mix,there is a bit of star power to this bunch. But what's fun about thismovie is that it is not as sappy as you would expect but hits to themiracle of life and how we forget that it truly takes a village tobring a child into this world. Check out this heartwarming tale filledwith baby love. Dr. Wilson Trivino
DICK STEEL (11 May 2013)
Cameron Diaz has larger and more pronounced biceps than I do. That'sthe first thing I actually noticed in this film when her character gotintroduced as a weight loss celebrity host taking part in one of themany celebrity dance off reality shows, with rumours of her characterJules' on-off relationship with her dance partner Evan (MatthewMorrison) being amongst the talk of the town. It's an interesting wayactually to introduce the rest of the characters, or caricatures even,in this film, made up of distinct story arcs involving a total of fivedifferent couples, and their journey to parenthood.Written by Shauna Cross and Heather Hach, based upon a pregnancy guidewritten by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel, What To Expect When You'reExpecting turned out to be less instructional, but very much narrative,which is a pity since its title alone may have suggested some valuablelessons that can be gleaned from the fortunes, or misfortunes, asexperienced by the characters, that we can at least pick up some tipson what I would think to be a period of topsy turvy, emotionally andphysically charged time for any couple to go through before being ableto welcome their bundle of joy. And I suppose depending on everyone'scharacter traits, these nine months would either be a pleasure, ortorture.There's Jules and Evan who find that their fame and celebrity statuscould perhaps be a hindrance in a time where they should be makingcritical decisions together, Holly (Jennifer Lopez) and Alex (RodrigoSantoro) who cannot conceive and are taking some steps to adopt a childfrom Ethiopia despite her losing a job that provides for a steadyincome and his fear of not being ready to accept a stranger into hislife, Skyler (Brooklyn Decker) the trophy wife of veteran race cardriver Ramsey (Dennis Quaid) who seem unfazed and all too excited bythe upcoming addition to their family, Wendy (Elizabeth Banks) and Gary(Ben Falcone) who finally managed to get Wendy onto the road ofpregnancy but with Gary having father issues, almost alwaysovershadowed by his more flamboyant dad Ramsey, and finally, Rosie(Anna Kendrick) and her one night stand with Marco (Chace Crawford), inhere to provide for a narrative thread on having a child out ofwedlock.Director Kirk Jones seemed adamant in wanting to cover plenty ofspectrum in his film about the series of milestones, cheers and tearsthat couples go through during the trimesters, but somewhat opted tocompartmentalize the ensemble cast largely into their own arcs, rarelycrossing over into another storyline other than to make littlebackground appearances that don't contribute to anything meaningful. Ofcourse the exception to this rule belonged to the characters of Ramsey,Skyler, Wendy and Gary given that they're all related by blood or bylaw. Despite many films of late that are made up of ensemble cast, thisone felt like it had assembled a cool team only for them to play withintheir own little sandbox, which is a pity. Moreover, most charactersbecome caricatures once you find out their game plan, and from then oneverything collapsed into predictability.The content didn't find moments to move anyone, and what's worse werethe jokes that didn't really take off. Most of them came from RebelWilson's employee at The Breast Choice boutique owned by Wendy, withher character of Janice being somewhat dim-witted and saying just aboutthe most random of things just to try and elicit laughter. Then there'sthe Dude Group headed by Chris Rock's Vic, made up of friends who havebecome dads, where they can hang out together with their kids andfellow peers in order to bitch about their entire experience as newdads, and to induct new would be dads into their group, sharing whatlittle of their experience in fatherhood. Funny at times, Rock seemed alittle bit restrained, and the jokes here never really took off.Ultimately, the themes important in the film revolve around family tiesthat matter. Not all story arcs got equal treatment, where AnnaKendrick and Chace Crawford's involvement seemed too fleeting and moresuited to a typical romantic comedy about boy meets girl rather thanboy and girl becomes dad and mom, also due to the course that theirstory arc took. You'll feel the long run time as scenes continue todrag and glancing at your watch will become a habit. Perhaps if thiswas trimmed a little, not be bloated for the sake of (perhaps to mirrorthe changes felt), and actually have some educational value, would ithave become a better film. Other than to inspire one to work on thosebiceps and abs to resemble those carried off beautifully by Diaz.
Hellmant (08 May 2013)
'WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU'RE EXPECTING': One Star (Out of Five) A so-called comedy about several couples going through the ups anddowns of childbirth. The movie features an ensemble cast of differentcelebrities including Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Elizabeth Banks,Anna Kendrick, Brooklyn Decker, Chace Crawford, Matthew Morrison,Rodrigo Santoro, Ben Falcone, Chris Rock and Dennis Quaid. It wasdirected by Kirk Jones (who's directed much better movies like'EVERYBODY'S FINE' and 'WAKING NED DEVINE') and written by Heather Hachand Shauna Cross (who wrote the much better 'WHIP IT' as well as thenovel it was based on). This film is based on the pregnancy guide (ofthe same name) by Heidi Murkoff. The movie is no guide to pregnancy andis insulting to the miracle of child birth and anyone involved with it.The story revolves around five couples all expecting a child thatsometimes intersect with each other. Diaz plays a TV fitness guru who'sexpecting a child with a TV dance star (Morrison). Lopez plays aphotographer who's planning to adopt a child in Ethiopia with herskeptic husband (Santoro). Banks plays an author on pregnancy who getsa taste of her own medicine while her husband (Falcone) has to dealwith his cocky father (Quaid), who's expecting twins with his muchyounger wife (Decker). Kendrick plays an unexpecting mother coping withromantic issues with the unexpecting father (Crawford) and Rockprovides comic relief as the leader of a group of male bonding fathers.Just about everything in the movie is poorly handled and painful towatch. The directing is lackluster and like I said Kirk Jones has shownsome directing skills with previous movies but not at all here. I alsoexpected much more from a script penned (at least partially) by ShaunaCross. 'WHIP IT' had so much more genuine heart and honest laughs. Allthe emotion and humor here is completely forced. The acting for themost part is atrocious; I've come to expect very little from Diaz andLopez but Banks usually does much better work. She does probably givethe best performance of the film though and is the only one who comesacross as a believable expecting mother. The main problem with the filmis how unrealistic and insulting it is not only to women but to anyonewho watches it. A lot of the humor relies on jokes about a mother thatfeels no pain and always looks perfect and stunningly beautiful and akid who's constantly put in danger and hurting himself. The comedy isin astonishingly bad taste. Rock does give a few good laughs (alongwith Thomas Lennon, Rob Huebel and Amir Talai as the male bonding dads)but just a few.Watch our movie review show 'MOVIE TALK' at:www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOMEqlGt6m4
capone666 (07 May 2013)
What to Expect When ExpectingThe first thing to expect when you are expecting is Maury Povich toinvite you onto his talk show to ascertain the real father of your kid.Fortunately the women in this dramedy know who impregnated them.Wendy (Elizabeth Banks) is expecting her first child with her husband(Ben Falcone) whose competitive father (Dennis Quaid) is having twinswith his much younger wife (Brooklyn Decker).Holly (Jennifer Lopez) and her husband Alex (Rodrigo Santoro) arethinking about adoption. To acclimatize Alex, Holly sends him to agroup of dads (Chris Rock, Thomas Lennon, Rob Huebel) who philosophizeabout fatherhood.With three other inane stories synchronized to the aforementioned, it'shard to keep track of everything going on, let alone care about thecouples in this adaptation of the pregnancy guide.As for my stance on pregnancy: women should give birth the old fashionway: at a nun's convent, in shame. (Red Light)vidiotreviews.blogspot.ca
uohottie1315 (06 May 2013)
I love this movie. Maybe it is because I am female and just recentlyhad my first born, but this movie hits home with me. It is funny andvery honest about some of the displeasentries of pregnancy. But it isalso heartfelt and very sweet. Chris Rock is hilarious. J-Lo was verybland for me, and the baby she got? No way was that baby 6 weeks, oranywhere near. But this is normal to use older babies because theyounger ones don't handle production lighting very well, or at leastthis is the reasoning I have heard. Either way. Seriously is awonderful movie. But don't make your man watch it. It is the essence ofa chick flick. Really, I don't think it is fair that men are evenrating this movie because it will never be a hit for them... actually,though, my husband was okay with it. Simply because he was recently inthe same boat, wide-eyed and scared something-less about becoming adaddy and all the trials and tribulations of pregnancy and child birth.So maybe for soon to be or recent daddies, but not for other me. Justlike I am not interested in Jarhead, they will not be interested inthis. Sorry, guys... but please quit damaging the ratings on a moviethat truly is wonderful, but simply has no chance to make it with you.Not fair. Ladies- watch this with your friends, be prepared for a fewtears at the end, and make sure to scare your first-time mamma's to bewith it! LoL.
meeza (06 May 2013)
I expected at least a bit more creativity in the rom-com "What toExpect When You're Expecting". Sure I knew it is a prototype chickflick, and yes I am aware I am a male humanoid. But please, did youexpect me to enjoy the ridiculous and humdrum scenes of this movie. Letme start with the embryonic part of this review. "What to Expect WhenYou're Expecting" focuses on several stories of women and theirpregnancies and adoptions. One story is of a reality-show hostcelebrity Jules who unexpectedly gets pregnant by another reality-showhost celebrity Evan; their biggest quarrel is if the child should becircumcised; I don't know about you but that just does not cut it forme in sheer entertainment. Another one is the neurotic Wendy who hasdesperately tried to get pregnant with her formerly-obese hubby Gary;and low and behold the unexpected happens one day and Wendy is inpregoland. Yet another yawning story is of Holly, a photographer who isnot able to get pregnant so decides to get all Angelina-Jolied byadopting an African orphan. And then there is Gary's father Ramsey whoimpregnates his young stunning wife Skyler, who goes through thepregnancy experience as if nothing; which is pretty close to what thismovie was. And I am not even touching the part of a quartet of sugarpark daddies who are part of a creepy paternal cult that walk theirbabies on strollers in the park; but what do you expect from DirectorKirk Jones' dismal film. The only story that I found semi-appealing wasof young Rosie and Marco; Rosie unexpectedly gets pregnant from aone-night stand experience from the Don de Marco, and it authenticallyincorporates within their relationship. But this movie in the end,beginning, and middle did not even have one ounce of creativity, nothanks to Shauna Cross and Heather Hach's mechanical screenplay. Thecast of this movie decided not to labor it too much with tons of sillyperformances from the likes of Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, ChrisRock, Elizabeth Banks, and Dennis Quaid; many of these establishedactors have been known to deliver worthy performances; but not in thisdelivery. I did think that the up- and-coming Anna Kendrick was genuinewith her performance as Rosie. And Rebel Wilson was a rebel with acause with her comedic performance as Wendy's assistant Janice.Nevertheless, I rather go through a cesarean section then revisit theawful sections of "What to Expect When You're Expecting". It is mybirth right to proclaim this movie as one of the worst movies of 2012.** Needs Improvement
Chris_Pandolfi (04 May 2013)
"What to Expect When You're Expecting" is another unfortunate exampleof what happens when real self-help book advice is applied to the plotof a romantic comedy. Having just a few weeks ago suffered through thejoyless "Think Like a Man," we have yet again a strained, unfocused,badly developed relationship farce that focuses more on slapstick gagsand verbal jabs than on genuinely funny scenarios. This is a shamebecause I have no doubt that pregnancy and parenthood can in fact bequite funny Â that is, in the hands of filmmakers who have a deeperunderstanding of actual people. There is virtually no truth to any ofthe characters in this movie. They're more like byproducts from aparticularly bad sitcom pilot. A select few are so bizarre andshockingly out of place that they seem to have been transported from analternate universe.Taking place in mostly in Atlanta, the film takes cues from recentromcoms like "Valentine's Day" and "New Year's Eve" by dividing itselfinto several interconnecting vignettes. All of them feature couples onthe verge of having a baby. There's Jules (Cameron Diaz), a trainer ona weight-loss reality show obviously modeled after "The Biggest Loser,"and her boyfriend, Evan (Matthew Morrison), a dancer on a reality showobviously modeled after "Dancing with the Stars." The two met whenJules was the celebrity contestant. Although she's pregnant, her can-doattitude motivates her to continue as a trainer. It also inflates hersuperiority complex, as she believes only she knows what's best for herbaby. The biggest argument she and Evan have is over whether or nottheir son should be circumcised. Discover for yourself who's for it andwho's against it.There's Wendy (Elizabeth Banks), the owner of a baby boutique who hasjust published a kids book on breastfeeding, and her husband, Gary (BenFalcone), who was once a contestant on Jules' weight loss show. Wendyis not feeling the glow of pregnancy; she's constantly in some kind ofphysical pain, and because her hormones are all out of whack, she hasbecome overly emotional. Gary is constantly in competition with hisfather, a former racecar driver named Ramsey (Dennis Quaid). As itturns out, Ramsey's new wife, a much younger woman named Skyler(Brooklyn Decker), is pregnant with twins. Even in the advanced stagesof her pregnancy, Skyler remains gorgeous and unburdened with physicalailments such as a weak bladder, swollen ankles, and an aching back.It's almost as if she's showing off to Wendy.There's Holly (Jennifer Lopez), a freelance photographer whospecializes in baby portraits, and her husband, Alex (Rodrigo Santoro),a music producer. Unable to conceive, they decide to adopt a baby fromEthiopia. Alex isn't sure he's ready to be a father. Seeking advice, hebecomes privy to a secretive band of dads known as The Dudes (ChrisRock, Thomas Lennon, Amir Talai, and Rob Huebel), who walk aroundpushing strollers and carrying infants in baby slings. Their two rulesof conduct are: (1) Whatever The Dudes talk about must stay betweenthem; and (2) there can be no judging each other for "the stuff thatjust happens" to their kids. In other words, no squealing about obvioussigns of parental irresponsibility. For some unknown reason, all fourof them idolize a muscle-bound jogger named Davis (Joe Manganiello),who wows them every time he does shirtless pull-ups.The single weakest subplot features two young food truck owners lockedin a turf war. This would be Rosie (Anna Kendrick) and Marco (ChaceCrawford). It's a reunion of sorts; they dated in high school, althoughMarco's reputation as a player repeatedly got in the way. Decencyprevents me from giving away too much of this subplot, although I willsay that, given the fact that this film is supposed to be about the upsand downs of traditional pregnancy, these characters stick out like asore thumb. They would have been much better off in a film devotedentirely to their relationship Â provided, of course, that it was leftin the capable hands of intelligent filmmakers.All the births happen on the same night and in the same hospital. Ican't begrudge the director or screenwriters a little dramatic license.I can, however, blame them for allowing drastic shifts in tone; justwhen we think it's all about desperately broad birthing gags, we'resuddenly broadsided by a near-tragic turn of events. If you're notskilled enough to walk the fine line between comedy and drama in asingle scene, it's probably best you just stick to one or the other.The problem with "What to Expect When You're Expecting" is that neithergenre is handled particularly well. Any potential bouts of laughter ortears are at the mercy of manufactured scenarios that no couple orparent is likely to find relatable. A good comedy knows how to connectwith its audience. A bad one does goofy things with only the hope thatsomeone will laugh. Guess which category this movie falls into? --Chris Pandolfi (www.atatheaternearyou.net)
mkenyon1978 (03 May 2013)
I really enjoyed this movie and think it's got an unfair rep. They didcram a lot in there, but I think that was a good thing as it seems tome that it represented a lot of different situations. The movie didn'thave a lot of depth, but with such a big ensemble cast what do youexpect? Plus what was there was done well IMO. I really liked AnnaKendrick's character Rosie, for me she really shined in this movie andwhen she lost the baby I cried and then when she kicked Marco to thecurb after I understood but was rooting for them to get back togetheragain. I also really enjoyed the contrast between Elizabeth Banks andBrooklyn Dekker's characters. It was overdone in parts, but it did makeme laugh. In fact the whole movie was overdone in parts andunderutilised in others, but these kind of movies should not beanalysed, you just got to sit back, relax and turn your brain off andenjoy.
Treyroo (02 May 2013)
If you're about to take on the one task that you can never really beready for, no matter what book you read, what do you do? You talk topeople who've been there. Expert or not, they'll have advice you canactually relate to.In the beginning of the film, we're introduced to a cast of characterstoo numerous to list. Among them, however, are Holly and Alex (playedby Jennifer Lopez and Rodrigo Santoro) who are beginning the arduoustask of adopting a child from abroad after experiencing greatdifficulty conceiving. Also, we're shown the final episode of a Dancingwith the Stars type of show and as one of the winning contestants,Jules (played by Cameron Diaz) becomes nauseous and throws up which, inthis film anyway, can only mean one thing. Holly (Lopez) is concernedthat, even with the wait they have ahead of them, Alex (Santoro) won'tbe ready for the challenges of parenting and isn't excited about theprospect. To help him, she sets him up with The Dudes Group, men withchildren and pregnant wives who tell the truth, offer advice, andcommiserate. One of the founding principles of the group is that theydo not tell wives or girlfriends what takes place during groupmeetings. Another, told to us by Gabe, a man who has children alreadyis that they don't pass judgment. Even as one child, who's father isplayed by Chris Rock, welcomes Alex to the group by hitting him with astick and seems to find an accident around every corner.Now, even as someone who's never been expecting, the book of the samename was something I'd heard of before and as a result I would've knownwhat this movie was about even without seeing the trailer. And, as wasthe case with He's Just Not That Into You, another movie based on aneponymous self-help book, there isn't much to see here. The charactersthemselves are exaggerated and the connections between them straincredibility and imagination. It isn't offensive, though I might feeldifferently if I had or was going to have children, but it isn't thatentertaining either. There are some cheap laughs and shallow dramaticmoments, but nothing that funny or insightful. If you are about to havechildren, skip the movie, read the book. And as someone who is beyondtired of hearing other people say "the book was much better than themovie" it pains me to say that.
lynnfriedman (02 May 2013)
Critics will trash this film, audiences will make it a summer hit. Whatto Expect When You're Expecting delivers exactly what you expect. HeidiMurkoff wrote the same-titled pregnancy manual 28 years ago. Hollywoodhas apparently decided the masses are ready to laugh at the terrifyingside effects of being preggers. Stuff like uncontrollable flatulence,leaky pee valve, hormonal roller coasters and all the other truthsbehind the "pregnancy glow" myth. In the standard screenplay story arc,five couple's lives intersect as they find their way through the fearsand joys of new parenthood.This candidate for "straight to video" saves itself from obscurity byrounding up a gang of actors that had openings in their schedule. Thebox office sure bets include Jennifer Lopez, Elizabeth Banks, DennisQuaid, and Chris Rock. Our couples are predictably attractive and welloff, or attractive, incredibly talented and struggling. Pregnancies aresurprisingly planned and unplanned. Some couples are married andthere's even a cross-racial adoption. The only disappointment isthey're all hetero. Ever heard of Modern Family? Middle America isready.Chris Rock and his dad dudes roll in the park every Saturday with theirmanly strollers and Baby BjÃ¶rns. I'm still trying to figure out what'sso funny about the running joke of an unsupervised accident pronetoddler in their posse. To be fair, there were lots of foot stompinglaughs from the audience until the gasps of horror at the lastpratfall.Luckily for the moms and social services, all confessions of laxparenting are strictly kept in the man code vault. Loved the haplesshusband constantly upstaged by his wealthy and competitive dad whosebeautiful trophy wife never breaks a sweat in her six-inch heels. She'sa mommy unicorn. Two of our Type A working moms are punished forthinking they can carry on as normal. One woman has to resign herselfto bed rest while the other breaks down in the middle of a speech onthe joys of motherhood. The speech is a great confessional gob ofembarrassing pregnancy goo that your frenemies would never tell you.I feel obligated to rant a bit about our culture's love of happyendings. Hollywood reinforces almost every plot with a metaphoricalcherry on top. WTEWE= pregnancy sucks, don't fall for the parenthoodtrap, oh, and it's the only thing that makes life worth living. Huh?
rannynm (01 May 2013)
Do You Allow Your Tween to See What to Expect When You're Expecting?Inspired by the perennial New York Times bestseller of the same name,What To Expect When You're Expecting is a hilarious and heartfelt bigscreen comedy about five couples whose intertwined lives are turnedupside down by the challenges of impending parenthood. Rated PG-13 forcrude and sexual content, thematic elements and language, one of ourKIDS FIRST! youth film critics, Raven Devanney (age 14) reviewed itthis week and "laughed through this whole movie!" Here's her review:What To Expect When You're Expecting Review by Raven Devanney Videoreview here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWTUDF1qBkI What To ExpectWhen You're Expecting completely met my expectations. It's thehilarious comedy that follows five couples on their way to becomingparents. It features the wonderful talent of Chris Rock, Cameron Diaz,Elizabeth Banks and many other A-listers. I laughed through this wholemovie! The comedy is on point and hilarious and the acting isfantastic. I love that it is from the perspective of many differentcouples who have different stories and views on what they are goingthrough.My favorite character is Wendy, played by Elizabeth banks, because shehas such an organized plan of how her pregnancy and labor will go butshe ends up having an extremely difficult pregnancy. She tries to pullherself together, but she falls apart and it is hilarious.My favorite scene is actually when Wendy has her breaking point. It'sso funny! I also love that they have the dad's club in this moviebecause it shows the wacky perspective of a father on parenting and allof the dad scenes made me laugh so hard my stomach hurt.I suggest this movie for ages 13 and up because of mature content andlanguage. Overall I give What To Expect When You're Expecting 5 out of5 stars.
terrellrobinson71 (30 April 2013)
It's ironic that I am not a dad (or a soon-to-be one) and the funniestthing is that there are moments in which my mom went through the wholepregnancy issue, but I happen to enjoy a movie called "What to ExpectWhen You're Expecting", based on the self-help book of the same namefor soon-to-be mothers by Heidi Murkoff. Here's the good news: For menand women who are mothers and fathers or about to become those parents,you can relate to these certain issues: Miscarriages, infertility,contractions, hormones, adoption....the whole nine yards (or months) ofsurviving pregnancy. So, how to start reorganizing the plot? I know,how about I'll connect the story by the dots. Dot 1: Holly (The lovelyJennifer Lopez), a photographer and her husband Alex (Rodrigo Santoro)are about to adopt a baby from Ethiopia. Dot 2: Rosie (Anna Kendrick)and Marco (Chase Crawford, one of those heartthrobs from "Gossip Girl")are rival food-truck owners who had a one-night stand that results in abig oops. She does get pregnant until... (I'm not telling.) Dot 3:Wendy (the always lovable Elizabeth Banks) and her husband Gary (BenFalcone from "Bridesmaids") are about to finally have a baby after twoyears of trying, only to find themselves competing with Gary's fatherRamsey (Dennis Quaid), a race-car driver and his trophy wife, thegorgeous Southern Belle Skyler (Brooklyn Decker, yes, that BrooklynDecker) who's eating for three. (You get the expression, right?) Andfinally for dot 4, Jules (Cameron Diaz), a trainer for a "BiggestLoser"-type TV show and Evan (the charming Matthew Morrison from myfavorite show "Glee"), a dancer for a "Dancing with the Stars"-typeshow are expecting one, as well. Only to find their careers in chaosdue to the baby issue. Oh, I forgot dot 5: The Dudes Group, run by Vic(Chris Rock) and his buddies (with kids) hang out every Saturday andhelping poor Alex (from that first dot) on how to be a man and tobecome a dad. It's a heavy order to make a movie about the ups anddowns of pregnancy, but director Kirk Jones and screenwriters ShaunaCross and Heather Hach walks a fine balance of what makes us laugh,what can we expect to happen and how to relate to those issues. Theresults for that makes it a very, very funny and unexpectedly movingfilm. When the pregnancy for the four of the five couples comes kickingin, it's realistic, moving, heartbreaking and utterly remarkable. Theall-star cast, also including Australian comedienne Rebel Wilson (alsofrom "Bridesmaids" and the upcoming "Pitch Perfect") as Wendy'sassistant, Janice and Joe Manganiello from "True Blood" as the Dudes'Group's other (and hunky) Lone Wolf, Davis, are amazing. The storiesthat sometimes interconnect with one another are surprisingly good. Andby the end, there's always that one movie that's made for adults andhow the audience can relate to moments like that, which could happen inreal life. I guess this is a movie that's, at least, worth expecting.
melissa0914 (29 April 2013)
When the trailers for this movie came out, surprisingly it was myHUSBAND who cracked up the most and wanted to see it. I was dissuadedby all the negative reviews the movie received and we never made it tothe theater. However, when it came on our on-demand menu my husbandagain was the one who picked it for our date-night movie.I was pleasantly surprised. It's a formula movie, in the vein of 'LoveActually' and 'He's Just Not That In To You,' that interlocks differentcouples and their various experiences withpregnancy/adoption/miscarriage. There were plenty of light-heartedlaughs, it definitely kept us entertained. I appreciated the moresomber moments and was glad that this 'comedy' showed that not allpregnancies end perfectly.The negatives: Pretty much every single funny moment with the dad's whowalk in the park was in the previews, which was disappointing. Some ofthe characters weren't given enough time/depth. I especially would haveliked to see more of Anna Kendrick's story. The positives: Anna Kendrick was perfect as always, and her story wasmoving. I also enjoyed Brooklyn Decker and her southern accent, I foundher a surprisingly decent actress and funny! My husband and I laughedenough to keep us both happy and entertained for the length of themovie.**Will this movie win any awards? No. But it wasn't as horrible as allthe reviews made it out to be. We enjoyed it. I DEFINITELY think thismovie is for people who have children, though. Maybe if you haven'texperienced pregnancy/kids yourself you wouldn't find it as enjoyable??But for parents looking for a nice night, this is a good find.
Jim Gillembut (29 April 2013)
Well... I expected to unexpectedly see this movie. I didn't want to,but I expected I had to, but my mates also expected me too, butstill... what was I left to do. So i went and saw it ... errr... derp.This movie took a dump on all my expectations. I though it was aboutbabies, but its actually about a league of extraordinary gentlemen...derp. You're probably thinking the same thing, what a dumb title. Wellyes, your expectations may not be what they seem to be, and in fact,the title is very misleading. This is not a movie you're expecting itto be, it is a remake of the movie, avengers, although this time theyare all girls. But... there is a twist. And let me tell you, I didn'texpect this twist at all. You won't expect it, but now that im about totell you, you will expect it. The twist is that they are all twistiesin disguise of men, who are then in disguise of women having babies.LULwot?? well, you weren't expecting that, and it makes no sense, butthen again, the title is 'What to expect when you're expecting'....derp.SO, i recommend seeing this movie, even if your not expecting to seeit, you have it... lee derp. I think it was awesome, completelydestroyed my expectations. THerefore, it is the worst movie i had everseen (its opposite day) and I give it a legitimate rating of 10 donutsout of 10 glazed donuts... lol what?Yea... woo woo woo you know it
rivertam26 (27 April 2013)
There has been many worse ensemble films most recently the wretchedValentine's Day. This hodge podge of movie clichÃ©s and mostlyuninteresting stories centers on the pregnancy bible What to expectwhen your expecting. It expectedly centers on stories of a group ofmostly strangers that kind of connect as they go through all the badsand goods pregnancy has to offer.The most surprising thing about thefilm is that it's not that funny not say it doesn't have it's momentsElizabeth Banks scene while do a reading at a pregnancy convention isinspired but it's more of a downer than you'd expect touching onmiscarriage, c sections, unwanted pregnancy and etc.The only thing isthe film doesn't really earn the effect it has on you it's more of areaction to the relatable material than a conclusion of the weak scriptand forced story lines. None of the characters are developed all thatwell and the only storyline that shows promise involving Chase Crawfordand Anna Kendrick ends abruptly and than lags on for the remainder ofthe film. So all in all it's about what you'd expect an overly mediocreexcursion into the lives of one dimensional character stereotypes withsome laughs and some light tears. It's not the worst thing I've seenbut regardless it's still not really worth seeing.
nickmesafilms (27 April 2013)
You know what I expect? I expect better movies! "What to Expect WhenYou're Expecting" is once again another ensemble rom-com that'sbasically just a bunch of short stories glued together in a full-lengthmotion picture. You know, with a cast like this, this movie would havebeen better off with a title like "What to Expect When You're 'SellingOut'". I wouldn't say that this movie was "god-awful", I suppose thatmaybe a married couple might enjoy something here, but this is still anunoriginal, predictable, and unmemorable piece of "nothing". DirectorKirk Jones has provided to give us a giant predictable "sell-out" thatdoes nothing but go with the usual clichÃ©s. In movies like this, weusually get a bunch of individual stories packed in one movie, somethat we care about, and some that we don't care about. Each story talksabout a group of couples who are about to either have a baby, adopt ababy, or deciding whether to have the baby or not. We've seen thesestories plenty of times before, so there's already a clue for theaudience to know what will happen next. There are some chuckle-inducingmoments, and I cared for a few story lines, but it's just a shamebecause there are so many likable actors in this movie, so this mightbe considered as a waste of talent. Cameron Diaz plays a weight losscontestant on a reality show who's expecting a newborn with MatthewMorrison, Jennifer Lopez takes the "Angelina Jolie" perspective toadopt an African baby, Elizabeth Banks plays a pregnant woman with tonsof anxiety problems on the torture of pregnancy, and what do you know,Chris Rock is actually the leader of a group of "baby daddies". Thesestory lines are probably careless, and mostly not funny, if you ask me!The only two story lines I actually enjoyed involves Anna Kendrick as ayoung woman who is expecting a baby after a certain one-night stand,and Dennis Quaid as a NASCAR legend who's expecting a new baby with hismuch younger, and ridiculously hot wife, played by Brooklyn Decker. Iactually need to score this movie some points for that! But either way,I wasn't surprised! This movie is exactly what everyone thought it wasgoing to be, so I guess I can say I'm not really that upset with thismovie. But "What to Expect When You're Expecting" is not worth watchingin any way, but if you're the type of person who enjoys these type ofmovies, my advice to you...wait for rental! I didn't expect that remarkto pop out of my mouth. "What to Expect When You're Expecting", in myreview, "predictable and mediocre, but overall unimpressive".
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