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November 20, 2016
A mini Pitch Perfect reunion (Banks, Wilson and Kendrick) makes this movie about pregnant woman just barely passable. Very little comedy, most of it unfunny - when the best bit is a dude getting his foot run over by a food truck. Tries too hard to be tender, funny and dramatic and succeeds at none of it. However, Diaz, Lopez, Banks, Decker and Kendrick provide the eye candy necessary to keep you watching even as you yawn through it.
September 3, 2016
Having a daughter soon made me feel the connection with this film. I thought it gave a pretty good view of what to expect when pregnant.
½ August 22, 2016
What else can be expected from these kind of movie: melodramatic, but funny in certain spots
½ August 6, 2016
I honestly thought that this would be an awful movie but it turned to be an alright watch.
Yes it was mostly fluff, but it had some humour and some decent actors.
jamrcla
Super Reviewer
½ July 30, 2016
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.
½ June 19, 2016
This is a funny rom com with a variety of story lines exploring a range of experiences with pregnancy.
June 17, 2016
Horrible audio, one doode didn't have a accent then had an accent ! Cameron Diaz fucking sucks, just bad
June 1, 2016
Having it all
Comparing the complications of love and children

As movie houses are to want; two apparently similar movies have once again been conveniently released 'coincidentally' around the same time to battle it out for box office supremacy. Rather than producing tedious back to back reviews about the trials and tribulations of pending parenthood; just like these films, one would suffice.

What to expect when you're expecting

"Loosely based" on Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel's best-selling pregnancy manual of the same title, What to expect when you're expecting is yet another ensemble-comedy rip-off of 2003's Love Actually. For a hint of originality, instead of focusing on a particular annual event (like Valentine's Day or New Year's Eve) this time producers gleefully cash in on the public's fascination with celebrity child-rearing and the everyday woes of pregnancy.

Director Kick James takes a satirical crisscrossed look at five stereotyped 'mommies' experiencing the burdens of hemorrhoids, incontinence and cankles during the nine month period of human gestation.

The expecting ladies in question; Breast Choice baby boutique owner, Wendy (Elizabeth Banks) has been desperately trying to get pregnant for two years, but once she is she struggles to maintain a shred of grace as the growing life that expected to make her 'glow' runs havoc with her bodily functions resulting in a miserable and flatulent wife-from-hell for her ever supportive biggest-loser husband Gary (Ben Falcone).

Not to be outdone, Gary's competitive ex-race car driving father, Ramsey's (Dennis Quaid) twenty-something trophy-wife, Skyler (Brooklyn Decker) is not only picture-perfect and bikini-clad carrying twins but also unjustly side-effect free.

C-Grade celebrity reality-TV health guru, Jules (Cameron Diaz) faces a career killing decision between family and fitness after shacking up with her Dancing with the stars partner Evan (Matthew Morrison) to securing viewer votes but resulting in getting her in the family way.

Food-Truck retailer, Rosie (Anna Kendrick) engages in a one night drunken dalliance with an old high school crush come recent rival travelling chef, Marco (Chase Crawford) leaving her also with a bun in the oven and them on new romantic grounds.

While Anne Geddes style photographer Holly (Jennifer Lopez) begins the arduously long process of adopting her own bundle of joy from Ethiopia, but when prompt results means the little one will arrive within just weeks her apprehensive husband, Alex (Rodrigo Santoro) is less than prepared and to gain perspective resorts to attending a "dude's club".

The candid daddy-pack (populated by comedians Chris Rock, Rob Huebel, Thomas Lennon, Amir Talai and Joe Manganiello) provides real insight into the traps and dangers of so-called bad parenting; from kids swimming in toilets to eating cigarettes, the offer the novice father a reassuring lifeline.

Although suffering a little from a generic script, lackluster direction and tonal spiking, there are some genuinely relatable moments that actually work. One particular story is, despite all odds, legitimately moving whilst a tiny cameo from our own Rebel Wilson provides expected crassness.

Friends with Kids

In her first writing/directing/starring effort since 2001's Kissing Jessica Stein, Jennifer Westfeldt delivers a nicely executed rare combination of romance and humor situated in a cleaver premise with an impressively talented ensemble cast.

Seemingly deviating from the usual; couple meet, fall in love, struggle with a hard situation then ultimately live a happy ending, this sharp and witty comedy poses intriguing social experiment questions about alternative parenting with timely relevance to modern society but eventually succumbs to tradition.

Thirty-something Manhattanities Julie (Westfeldt) and Jason (Adam Scott) aren't a couple. After twenty years of platonic friendship on opposite ends of the romantic spectrum; the duo know everything there is to know about one another, including that they would both like to have children but without the complication of a significant partner.

Warily observing the deterioration of their two sets of best friend's marriages; down-to-earth Brooklynites Leslie (Maya Rudolph) and Alex (Chris O'Dowd) have a cutesy tit-for-tat naturally mocking banter whilst the sexually driven Missy (Kristen Wiig) and Ben (John Hamm) simply can't keep cool under the collar, the introduction of children simply drains them of life, lust and likeability.

Sidestepping these pitfalls of resentment and the inevitable marriage decline, Julie and Jason come up with a better plan to fulfill their desire for procreation, each other. Agreeing to have a baby together as friends, split the child-rearing duties 50/50 whilst continuing to date other people, they believe that without being romantically linked they can avoid ending up as miserable as their friends.

Confounding everyone, their alternating-evening jealousy-free arrangement actually works. Jason meets his physical no-strings attached ideal in the stunning Broadway dancer Maryjane (Megan fox) while Julie finds sensitive Mr. Perfect single-dad Kurt (Edward burns). But when the eight friends share a snowy New Year's Vermont escape some personal questions are raised that hit a little close to home.

Can raising a child with one person and finding companionship and passion in another really result in a smoother life? Or does it hold its own set of complications?

Westfeldt and Scott do share a believable chemistry, however Westfeldt's natural vulnerability leaves her character insipid while Scott's flitting between a jerky emotional-ameba and compassionate white-knight is frustratingly plot contrived.

Woefully underutilized, Wiig, Ham, Rudolph and O'Dowd's compelling and highly relatable characters never get the chance to engage as the director's agenda to convince viewers that each generation is innovative in their belief that they have some unprecedented insight into how to make life perfect results in yet another formulaic indie film.

The Verdict: In the end these movies are extremely different. WTEWYE is a light-hearted and unashamedly superficial comedy that broaches some of the less-sensitive topics about conceiving, delivering, adopting, and raising children; while Friends with kids is a more mature and heart-felt dramady exploring the concept of the alternative-family and weather platonic love must inevitably evolve to meet social convention.

Published: The Queanbeyan Age
Date of Publication: 15/06/2012
½ May 14, 2016
What to Expect When You're Expecting is quite enjoyable with a few laughs, despite its bloated, meandering, and predictable storyline. It is cute popcorn flick, but by no means a great film.
½ April 21, 2016
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½ April 7, 2016
This film was hilarious and probably a pretty realistic view of what pregnancy or adoption is like for any number of different women. It also shows how the other half of the equation. the men, feel as well. Like most comedies, it was poorly done, but overall I got a few good laughs so it was worth it.
March 26, 2016
its bearable for a chick flick
Super Reviewer
February 21, 2016
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.
February 20, 2016
Looks good but why does jaylo have to be adopting a baby
November 6, 2015
At least this movie has some funny moments. Good for some relax time if u really have nothing to watch.
October 2, 2015
was not that big work but I like it any way.
the whole cast was awesome!
I enjoyed it , laugh a lot , this movie has touched me.
August 28, 2015
Entertains In A Predictably Cheesy Manner. Don't Expect Too Much From 'What To Expect..' & It Won't Disappoint.
June 10, 2015
This movie has 5 big name women stars, however their talents are wasted here.
May 16, 2015
Entertaining ensemble film. Elizabeth Banks continues to rise.
Super Reviewer
½ 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.
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