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What to Expect When You're Expecting (2012)



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) Lionsgatemore
Rating: PG-13 (for crude and sexual content, thematic elements and language)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Shauna Cross, Heather Hach, Heidi Murkoff
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 11, 2012
Box Office: $41.1M
Lionsgate Films - Official Site


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 Ma...
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 Receptionis...
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 McDona...
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 Tru...
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)

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.

Full Review… | March 14, 2013
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.

Full Review… | February 4, 2013
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.

Full Review… | October 24, 2012
FILMINK (Australia)

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

Full Review… | September 27, 2012

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.

Full Review… | September 15, 2012
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.

Full Review… | June 26, 2012

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

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

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

Super Reviewer

What to Expect When You're Expecting Quotes

Janice: I was breastfed myself until I was six, and look how I turned out.
– Submitted by Magda G (3 years ago)
Vic: You want to adopt? How about you adopt some new friends?
– Submitted by Magda G (3 years ago)
Female Co-Worker: Should we all take off our bras?
– Submitted by Marah E (3 years ago)
Wendy: Well, I'm calling it... pregnancy sucks.
– Submitted by Megan W (3 years ago)

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