What to Expect When You're Expecting (2012)



Critic Consensus: The cast is stocked with likable performers, but What to Expect When You're Expecting is too disjointed -- and too reliant on stock rom-com cliches -- to live up to its distinguished literary namesake.

Movie Info

Over the moon about starting a family, TV fitness guru Jules and dance show star Evan find that their high-octane celebrity lives don't 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 Wendy's husband, Gary, struggles not to be outdone by his competitive alpha-Dad, who's expecting twins with his much younger trophy wife, Skyler. Photographer Holly is prepared … More

Rating: PG-13 (for crude and sexual content, thematic elements and language)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Heidi Murkoff, Shauna Cross, Heather Hach
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 11, 2012
Box Office: $41.1M
Lionsgate Films - Official Site


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as Adoption Mom

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as Food Truck Girl

as Rosie's Doctor

as Patel's Wife

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as Female Contestant

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Critic Reviews for What to Expect When You're Expecting

All Critics (132) | Top Critics (34)

Diaz's plotline seems to revolve solely around an argument with Morrison over the merits of circumcision. She's pro-cut. He's fanatically anti-cut. Clearly, as is the film's editor.

Full Review… | March 14, 2013
Daily Star

What to Expect When You're Expecting provides a snapshot of contemporary anxieties about imminent parenthood, but it may be more worthwhile as a document for future pop culture scholars to use to understand what was trendy in 2012.

Full Review… | February 4, 2013
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

The charismatic cast (particularly Banks and Lopez) manage to find the humanity in their clichéd roles but they can't transcend all the surface-level schmaltz on display here.

Full Review… | October 24, 2012
FILMINK (Australia)

Provides good chuckles and heartfelt drama - paired with an equal amount of familiar gags and flat story ideas.

Full Review… | September 27, 2012

What To Expect When You're Expecting delivers a stale plot, mostly underwritten characters and almost no joy. Expect little and you may not be entirely disappointed.

Full Review… | September 15, 2012
We Got This Covered

The highs, lows, unexpected joys and totally expected pains of pregnancy get a comprehensive going over in this consistently funny, warm-hearted ensemble comedy.

Full Review… | June 26, 2012

Audience Reviews for What to Expect When You're Expecting


Can't believe I actually sat through this. It was on my "no way" list, but I do like some of the cast, so decided to watch it on TV. Definitely wouldn't have paid money to see it.
Having said that, not as bad as I expected, (but believe me, my expectations were very low, so that's not actually saying a lot).
As the title suggests, it's all about pregnancy, so if you're not obsessed with that and babies, probably not the movie for you either.
The cast are good, and that's probably what saves this. I found the young one night stand storyline totally unbelievable, the others not so bad, but obviously the topic bores me to death and I can't relate to these women. I can imagine mums would probably love this and have a good laugh. I don't think anyone else would!
Overall if you like the cast, it's *maybe* okay for a free watch on TV if you've nothing else to watch.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer


What to Expect When You're Expecting was just OK for me. It had a couple actors I liked in it, but not many. I only liked a couple of the story-lines. I could have done without Cameron and MJM's story completely. I liked Holly's story, but my favorite was Chace and Anna's story the most. They were funny, flirty, and their scenes were the most realistic besides Holly's. It had it's funny moments just not enough. I expected more laughs and better dialogue. Dennis Quaid was really funny and was fun to watch act like a complete ass of a father. It's not something I would watch again.


Super Reviewer

The book "What to Expect When You Are Expecting" is the basis for this film. This book is the closest thing in inspiration to the board game films that have been piping into theaters lately. I understand that this has a little more meat to its bones, being about the extremes of having your first child, but the film itself does not explore pregnancy. Instead it deals with the different stages and eventual scourges of family life. The stories of several women and their partners intertwine to create a narrative about conception, family, adoption, and the merits of pregnancy, all the while failing to be entertaining. Instead of being about what to actually expect when you're expecting, the film focuses on trying to interweave all these flawed narratives in order to have a long enough running time, which turns out to be far too long for a film of this type. Time is allocated for some couples more than others, and that miscalculation makes it so we end up watching scenes of a very pregnant Elizabeth Banks gross us out time and again. Actually, I don't want time to develop any of these sub-plots. There are several great performances, especially from Jennifer Lopez and Anna Kendrick, but they are playing the same characters they have already visited in "Pitch Perfect" and "The Back-up Plan." I did enjoy these performances most, probably because they weren't following the formula of baby makes three. One is about adoption and the other follows a miscarriage, and both still dealt with what you expect from pregnancy. Cameron Diaz gives a forgettable and sinister performance, Matthew Morrison looks half asleep, Chris Rock is so out of place that he draws unwanted attention to himself, and Brooklyn Decker and Chace Crawford could have been out of the picture altogether and nothing would have been missing. It's just a misguided, thoughtless cop-out, and though I know some people found some of these storylines truly heartwarming and sweet, I just found myself wondering why anyone could connect to cardboard cutouts instead of characters.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

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