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What to Expect When You're Expecting (2012)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  18 May 2012 (USA)
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Follows the lives of five interconnected couples as they experience the thrills and surprises of having a baby, and realize that no matter what you plan for, life does not always deliver what is expected.



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Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content, thematic elements and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 May 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Qué esperar cuando estás esperando  »

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$40,000,000 (estimated)

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$10,547,068 (USA) (18 May 2012)


$41,102,171 (USA) (27 July 2012)

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A brain off comedy that is a little out of convention
13 September 2012 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

This film is about several couples who are expecting babies. They run into various troubles and emotional rollercoasters while preparing themselves for parenthood.

"What to Expect When You're Expecting" is a lighthearted comedy that makes you laugh, just like what is advertised. Of course, the way to parenthood is not just happy and joyful, so the film also realistically portrays the unglamorous side of expecting mothers. Some of these are presented as crude toilet humour, while others are presented as emotional rollercoasters that will touch your heart. I like the fact that characters in "What to Expect When You're Expecting" do not have a smooth breezy path, but face adversity like in real life. It is an interesting comedy for expecting mothers.

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