What to Expect When Youre Expecting Movie Review

What to Expect When Youre Expecting Movie Review


If you are looking for new insight into parenting and pregnancy, then Kirk Jones' What to Expect When You’re Expecting doesn’t have a whole lot to offer. About the only thing this new movie has to say about the human gestation period is that men and woman are emotionally different, carrying a child to term is hard and the gift of life is a miracle. So, stuff we already knew.

What to Expect When You’re Expecting is based on the classic how-to pregnancy book; as a film it tries to apply the lessons learned in the best-seller by following around five pregnant couples facing the challenges of pregnancy and parenthood. What is basically offers us is the average parenting experience pumped up on glitzy Holly wood steroids. Each couple has a different: some got pregnant on accident, others have lives that revolve around babies. Each story intersects and the forced nature of these criss-crossing narratives is almost too palpable and is definitely too predictable. Shauna Cross and Heather Hach’s screenplay tries to cook up a gourmet meal of heartfelt drama in the process, but the superficiality of everything going on in the film, not to mention the shameless reality TV factor, makes it difficult to get emotionally involved enough to care.

But What to Expect When You’re Expecting is not all bad. What the movie lacks in depth and ingenuity it makes up for in laughs and star power. Jennifer Lopez and Cameron Diaz lead the way and their performances provide some shallow feminine comic relief in comparison to the other testosterone-heavy movies playing now like Battleship and The Dictator. Final Verdict: What to Expect When You’re Expecting is basically a movie that you can happily zone out to while enjoying a handful of popcorn and a coke.


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