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What to Expect When You're Expecting (2012)

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Average Rating: 4.4/10
Reviews Counted: 132
Fresh: 29 | Rotten: 103

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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Average Rating: 4.6/10
Critic Reviews: 33
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 26

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

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Drama, Romance, Comedy

Shauna Cross, Heather Hach, Heidi Murkoff

Sep 11, 2012

$41.1M

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All Critics (132) | Top Critics (33) | Fresh (29) | Rotten (103)

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

May 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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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 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Babies are cute and expectant parents often aren't. That kind of sums up What to Expect When You're Expecting.

May 18, 2012 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor
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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 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Comment (1)
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Patently contrived to deliver the safer side of pregnancy-related humor over the course of five tidily intersecting plot lines.

May 18, 2012 Full Review Source: Film.com
Film.com
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Remember when advice books stayed on the shelves where they belonged?

May 18, 2012 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald
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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.

March 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Star
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.

February 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
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.

October 24, 2012 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)
FILMINK (Australia)

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

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: ScreenRant
ScreenRant

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.

September 15, 2012 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
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.

June 26, 2012 Full Review Source: 3AW

Too bad you can't watch What to Expect When You're Expecting the way most people read the best-selling self-help book: by skipping the unnecessary bits and diving into the important stuff.

June 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

A dirty diaper bag of sex jokes, sentimental mush, cartoonish claptrap and weary parent-to-be cliches.

June 8, 2012 Full Review Source: American Profile
American Profile

Those who don't have children would find it rather agonising, while those who do might not wish to pay a babysitter for the pleasure of seeing a film about nappies and epidurals.

June 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

I wasn't expecting how warmly I'd feel towards the characters by the end of the movie - and I certainly wasn't expecting to tear up a little bit during one of the couple's denouements. How in hell did that happen?

June 4, 2012 Full Review Source: ABC Radio (Australia) | Comments (4)
ABC Radio (Australia)

Appears at first to be a superficial appetizer with little on its mind beyond cliché and predictable formula...but some genuine tenderness surfaces..and Banks is terrific.

June 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

These women have nothing that interesting to offer and their husbands are just as dull.

June 3, 2012 Full Review Source: ABC Radio Brisbane
ABC Radio Brisbane

The creation of human life is the best show you could ever see and What to Expect... the book is a great guide to that process. However the movie adaptation is a shallow concept piece, lazy in its approach and moronic in its execution.

June 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
Matt's Movie Reviews

Like childbirth, (it's) very messy and painful at times. But like raising children, there will be a few tears and a few laughs and somehow you'll get through it.

May 31, 2012 Full Review Source: The Standard

The young Hollywood executives of today were weaned on television's last golden era - the heady days of 'Friends' and 'Ally McBeal' and 'Seinfeld' - and the films now being greenlit seem to come with a mandate for a small-screen mindset and aesthetic.

May 31, 2012 Full Review Source: Screen-Space
Screen-Space

Messy? Complicated? Nah. Turns out all you should expect when you're expecting is to live in the midst of a nine-month sitcom.

May 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

The eggs are there; someone just forgot to fertilise them.

May 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Quickflix
Quickflix

This terrible comedy is a return to the cycle of late 1980s obscoms, movies packed with obstetric detail celebrating the wonders of parenthood.

May 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

The cast gives it their all, but this tepid dramedy lacks fervour and originality.

May 26, 2012 Full Review Source: What Culture
What Culture

As rom-coms go, this one is definitely stillborn.

May 25, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

Audience Reviews for What to Expect When You're Expecting

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.
April 29, 2013
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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.
April 18, 2013
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Beyond awful but a brilliant advert for contraception - not because the kids were horrible but because some people just don't deserve children and shouldn't reproduce. Calling a Child a Spaz is not nice. The careers of Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez and Chris Rock continue of that downward slope but in this instance I say serves them right.
November 1, 2012
SirPant

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I tend to get leery when I see movies that are full of well known actors. That, to me, is a ploy to somehow save a lame script..and it rarely works. This is another one of those movies. Some humorous moments, but not many. Some romance, but not much. Not a bad movie, just not memorable.
October 13, 2012
itsjustme2004

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    1. Janice: I was breastfed myself until I was six, and look how I turned out.
    – Submitted by Magda G (16 months ago)
    1. Vic: You want to adopt? How about you adopt some new friends?
    – Submitted by Magda G (17 months ago)
    1. Female Co-Worker: Should we all take off our bras?
    – Submitted by Marah E (22 months ago)
    1. Wendy: Well, I'm calling it... pregnancy sucks.
    – Submitted by Megan W (22 months ago)
    1. Ramsey: You don't know love until you wiped someone's ass.
    – Submitted by Rose M (23 months ago)
    1. Wendy: Get me the juice!
    – Submitted by Chris P (23 months ago)
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