What to Expect When You're Expecting


What to Expect When You're Expecting

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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

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Dwyane Wade
as Himself
Whitney Port
as Herself
Cheryl Cole
as Herself
Tyce Diorio
as Himself
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

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  • 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

    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

Apart from a few funny scenes, this is a lame romantic comedy that follows five uninteresting couples (some of them really annoying) and has a ridiculous and embarrassing sense of humor involving gases, urine and vomit - which only shows how witless the producers are.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


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 Shen
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer


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
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.


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