What to Expect When You're Expecting

2012

What to Expect When You're Expecting

Critics 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.

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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? -- (C) Lionsgate

Cast

Dwyane Wade
as Himself
Whitney Port
as Herself
Cheryl Cole
as Herself
Tyce Diorio
as Himself
Taboo
as Himself
Kim Fields
as Social Worker
Jesse Burch
as Hutch Davidson
Tom Clark
as Lose It & Weep Host
Aerli Austen
as Female Co-Worker
Katie Kneeland
as Hotel Doctor
Bree Dawn Shannon
as Holly's Client
Kelley Hinman
as Ramsey's Friend
Jon Stafford
as Ramsey's Friend
Rhoda Griffis
as Convention Organizer
Elizabeth Becka
as Agency Official
Catherine Dyer
as Adoption Mom
Brian Bascle
as Adoption Dad
Dr. Sharon Morris May
as Jules' Obstetrician
Eric Mendenhall
as Wendy's Doctor
Maria Howell
as Jules' Doctor
Sharon Gee
as Skyler's Doctor
Scott Poythress
as Anesthesiologist
Nico Ward
as Jules' Nurse
Cynthia Evans
as Wendy's Nurse
Pamela Smith
as Skyler's Nurse
Jimi Kocina
as Lab Tech
Valerie Payton
as Hospital Receptionist
Andrew Arthur Medlin
as Magazine Editor
Andrew Laws
as Photographer
Richard Mitchell
as Steakhouse Waiter
Jessie Ward
as Cute Girl
Hannah Kasulka
as Pretty Girl
Wilbur Fitzgerald
as Elderly Swimmer
Todd J. Smith
as Interpreter
Tegga Lendado
as Ethiopian Priest
Matthew Lintz
as Disruptive Kid
Emily Westergreen
as Young Pregnant Wife
Veronica Yung
as Food Truck Girl
Steve Coulter
as Rosie's Doctor
Heena Sabnani
as Patel's Wife
Charles David McDonald
as A1A Band Member
Richard Meeder, Jr.
as A1A Band Member
Nico Gutierrez
as A1A Band Member
William Wayne Viar
as A1A Band Member
Anthony J. Carrozza
as A1A Band Member
Lewis Jeffrey Pike
as A1A Band Member
Kristy Foggitt
as A1A Band Dancer
Becky Simmons
as A1A Band Dancer
Macsen Lintz
as Young Boy
Adam Baaklini
as BBQ Waiter
Chelsea Cardwell
as BBQ Waitress
Catherine Barrow
as BBQ Waitress
Tricia Miranda
as Female Dance Partner
Ryan DiLello
as Male Dance Partner
Bart Hansard
as Marco's Boss
Dougie Jones
as Teenager at Food Truck
Zenia Boyd
as Female Contestant
Michael H. Cole
as Male Contestant
Megan Hayes
as Convention Attendee
Julie Ivey
as Convention Attendee
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Critic Reviews for What to Expect When You're Expecting

All Critics (133) | Top Critics (35) | Fresh (30) | Rotten (103)

  • Technically the genre isn't beneath contempt. But this movie is.

    May 24, 2012 | Full Review…
  • Someday Hollywood will think of women as more than fallopian tubes in heels; until then, we're stuck with this kind of project.

    May 24, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Mike McCahill

    Guardian
    Top Critic
  • It's exactly what we expected it to be. If you're going to have a baby it'd be a good thing to watch. It shows all the things people say to you.

    May 24, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Bringing a child into the world is no laughing matter, and all involved seem to have done their level best to make things as mirthless as possible.

    May 22, 2012 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

    Guy Lodge

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Babies are cute and expectant parents often aren't. That kind of sums up What to Expect When You're Expecting.

    May 18, 2012 | Rating: C | Full Review…
  • Director Kirk Jones and screenwriters Shauna Cross and Heather Hach consistently fall back on corny music and slow-motion to try to get laughs. Very little of this movie feels risky, or even frisky.

    May 18, 2012 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for What to Expect When You're Expecting

  • May 15, 2015
    Really quite moving and entertaining with lots of disparate stories about parenthood from adoption, to miscarriage, to a difficult and unglamorous pregnancy. The ensemble cast is like a "Pitch Perfect" meets HIMYM guest stars reunion, and they're all en pointe: Anna Kendrick and Chace Crawford bust each others' balls, Elizabeth Banks and Ben Falcone are dorky and supportive of each other, and JLo is impressively maternal. I also love the backdrops of several subcultures such as reality television fanatics, food truck rivals, and of course, the gangsta dad group.
    Alice S Super Reviewer
  • Jun 06, 2013
    This isn't really that bad of a movie, it's a slightly below average movie. It's inoffensive and it's clear this was meant as something to be silly and light for those involved. Does it always succeed? Not really, in fact it really misses more than it hits with its humor, but the movie most definitely benefits from a likable cast that has some small moments of hilarity, coming from Rebel Wilson and Thomas Lennon. The problem is, and this is a big problem, why is the cast so large. This isn't that long of a movie for the amount of people that are actually featured. And that's not counting the multiple couples, some that are expecting and others that are adopting and one where a miscarriage breaks up a couple. There's also this group of fathers and how they're helping Holly's husband how to deal with being a dad and their little plot. And they're all lazily connected together by the fact that, at the end, they're all sharing the same hospital (other than Holly and her husband who are in Ethiopia), because I'm sure that there's only ONE hospital in the entirety of Atlanta. For the most part, with a few exceptions where the stories overlap, they're all pretty much kept away from each other. Which begs the question why even bother with so many characters and their individual subplots. And I'm sorry to say this because I love Anna Kendrick, but her little story with the guy was completely useless in the grand scheme of things. I realize that sounds cold considering that Anna's story deals with her miscarriage, but the execution of it is what makes it useless. They just throw a couple of scenes here and there whenever they need a buffer between the more important characters and their stories. Not to mention the fact that with something as serious as miscarriage, it just seems like the writers were creating unnecessary drama. Something as serious as this deserves its own movie, not just haphazardly throw together in the middle of what is a light romantic comedy. You could've cut out her entire character and the movie would've been paced better. With that said, I still think Anna was good in the role. It's not her fault that her story was poorly written. If there's a benefit to having so many characters and so many stories going on is that it feels like the movie moves at a faster pace, since they don't spend a lot of time focusing on just one character. That was a positive. At the same time, this also makes the individual stories themselves one-dimensional and lacking the depth necessary to tell an effective story about a group of pregnant women and their struggles. Though this film wasn't designed as such, so this is probably an unfair criticism of the film. I did think that the movie did a good job at, in the end when everyone's giving birth, sort of making the whole experience feel like a beautiful thing. Especially Holly's story, because hers is the one with the most depth, if you can call it that, because she's the only one that cannot, biologically, have kids. Not that they do much with this, other than one argument Holly has with her husband where she acknowledges her "bad eggs", as she says. But it's still cool seeing her reaction to finally getting the baby she so badly wanted to adopt, it was actually really sweet all things considered. So the last 15 minutes or so of the movie, with everyone in the same hospital, which I found madly stupid, were pretty cool and effective even if the rest of the movie wasn't. Even with a solid cast, the script isn't really that funny and is chock full of cliches, none of the stories are really all that interesting because there are simply so many that you don't even scratch the surface of what could be done. I just wish it would've been funnier considering the talents of some, not all, the people involved. If you're going to make a comedy about pregnant women, at least go all out you know? This movie is just content to play it safe, and that's fine for the target audience. I found this to be perfectly watchable, even if I only thought it was a below average movie at best.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Apr 03, 2013
    Wasn't honestly as bad as I expected it to be. There were some parts that I thought were really cheesy, but overall I thought it was funny and the characters were likable and relate-able. I also liked that all the stories were interconnected. I thought it made it flow better. If you're just looking for a fun, light breezy movie to watch on a rainy day then this perfect.
    m h Super Reviewer
  • Mar 23, 2013
    The other half made me watch this after making her watch the Trollhunter and I didn't think it was half bad, The humour mostly comes from Chris Rock and his gang of dads that are really funny, But they were underused, Apart from that and its very strong cast it's a below par comedy that we have seen before.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer

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