What to Expect When You're Expecting (2012)

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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.

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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
Rating:
PG-13 (for crude and sexual content, thematic elements and language)
Genre:
Comedy , Drama , Romance
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Cast

Dennis Quaid
as Ramsey
Rob Huebel
as Gabe
Tom Lennon
as Craig
Amir Talai
as Patel
Rebel Wilson
as Janice
Dwyane Wade
as Himself
Whitney Port
as Herself
Megan Mullally
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
Resean Womack
as Jordan
Resea Womack
as Jordan
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
Pamela Smith (XXI)
as Skyler's Nurse
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Critic Reviews for What to Expect When You're Expecting

All Critics (132) | Top Critics (34)

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

Full Review… | May 24, 2012
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 22, 2012
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.

Full Review… | May 18, 2012
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 18, 2012
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

Patently contrived to deliver the safer side of pregnancy-related humor over the course of five tidily intersecting plot lines.

Full Review… | May 18, 2012
Film.com
Top Critic

Remember when advice books stayed on the shelves where they belonged?

Full Review… | May 17, 2012
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for What to Expect When You're Expecting

An unoriginal romantic comedy that follows five uninteresting couples, some of them really annoying, and apart from a few funny scenes, the humor is mostly ridiculous and embarrassing, involving gases, urine and vomit - which only shows how witless the producers are.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

½

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

½

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

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