What to Expect When You're Expecting Reviews
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.
Very good movie! I really enjoyed this movie and think it's got an unfair rep. They did cram a lot in there, but I think that was a good thing as it seems to me that it represented a lot of different situations. The movie didn't have a lot of depth, but with such a big ensemble cast what do you expect?
Inspired by the perennial New York Times bestseller of the same name, WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU'RE 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 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 to travel the globe to adopt a child, but her husband Alex isn't so sure, and tries to quiet his panic by attending a "dudes" support group, where new fathers get to tell it like it really is. And rival food truck chefs Rosie and Marco's surprise hook-up results in an unexpected quandary: what to do when your first child comes before your first date? A kaleidoscopic comedy as universal as it is unpredictable, WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU'RE EXPECTING finds humor and uplift in all the unexpected trials and triumphs of welcoming a child into the world.
I can't imagine too many teens running to the multiplexes to see this one. This is solely for the ladies in their late twenties to early forties who are either thinking of becoming mothers or already are ones and are using this movie as a way of looking back on their pregnancy days to laugh about them. So clearly I was not the target audience here, and I don't think I have the authority to accurately critique such a film. But here I go anyway.
What to Expect When You're Expecting seems to be a product from all the pregnancy books and manuals out there (it's based on one such book). The writers and makeup artists have definitely done their research, not only in accurately depicting the pregnancy bulge, the raging hormones, and the desire for both women and men to want children, but they've created a whole ensemble cast of characters that are all going through different kinds of personal trials. We have the teens who accidentally get pregnant, we have the groups of fathers who are charged with taking care of the kids, we have the infertile 30 something who is looking to adopt, and we have different women experiencing different kinds of pregnancy pains. Within all that, we are supposed to laugh at the jokes, the sometimes witty lines, ooo and aww at the cute moments, and then the babies are born. Lesson to learn: pregnancy is hell but it's all worth it once the baby is born.
This movie didn't offend me. It wasn't stupid, and some of the jokes were actually quite funny. But I think the over-saturation of characters and the "aw gush" ending still couldn't make me connect with it. Maybe it's because this movie wasn't made for me. But then I remember how much I loved Juno and Knocked Up and how much more satisfying those movies were....
Another problem I had with the film was the casting. A lot of the actors in my opinion were miscast. I feel like I have seen Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, and Elizabeth Banks play these types of characters before in other films and better in those than here. On a positive, the dude group scenes are hilarious. They steal the film. I would rather see a film devoted to the dudes group.
If you're just looking for a fun, light breezy movie to watch on a rainy day then this perfect.
Even with such a strong cast, Elizabeth Banks and Brooklyn Decker give standout performances. The one I really didn't like seeing in What To Expect was Anna Kendrick. She's a very good young actress, but this movie ties her hands. She isn't effective at all. The rest of the actors are adequate for this sort of movie.
The problem, as I've already stated, is that when anything happens, we're not allowed the time to get into the emotions of the characters. Otherwise I'd say it's pretty well put together. The credit probably goes to editor Michael Berenbaum. Director Kirk Jones has done a couple of very good moives, but there's a lot to put together here.
There's no reason to go to theaters for this kind of movie, but when it's on DVD or a movie channel, it's definitely worth catching.