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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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Five couples' intertwined lives are turned upside down by the challenges of impending parenthood. 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? Written by Lionsgate

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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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)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Based on the popular series of pregnancy guides by the same name. As of 2011, more than 14.5 million books have been sold. See more »


When Wendy was delivering her child through C-section, she was drowsy feeling like she's put to sleep. In reality, doctors give women a shot at the back so that they wouldn't feel the pain in the abdomen. See more »


Vic: I didn't use to call it that, but once you've seen a baby come out of there, trust me, it's a vagina!
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References Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997) See more »


Now Is The Start
Written by Alison Sudol
Performed by Alison Sudol (as A Fine Frenzy)
Courtesy of EMI Records US
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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Slick, well acted, but in the end a bit empty...
25 May 2012 | by (London, UK) – See all my reviews

What to Expect When You're Expecting (2012)

Director: Kirk Jones. Cast: Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Elizabeth Banks, Chace Crawford, Anna Kendrick, Matthew Morrison, Dennis Quaid, Chris Rock.

Don't ask me what possessed me to go and watch this film. In my defence I can tell you that I had seen everything else at my local multiplex and I had 2 hours to spare. Also the cast seemed impressive enough... and, to top it all up, my wife is pregnant, so I thought at least I would fit its target audience just perfectly.

To be completely honest I was expecting (sorry about the pun) something a lot worse: this is one of those average ensemble comedies where, as always some of the stories and some of the characters are more successful than others but in the end they are so many of them that if you are a parent or preparing to be one, you're bound to find a something to like... Other than that, this is all pure middle-class Hollywood, pretty slick, light-hearted but with enough sweet-and-sour moments to make it feel like it's actually about something. Obviously at the end of the day it's all rather forgettable, and it's actually a great shame, because the acting talent a shown here is impressive (surprisingly even Jennifer Lopez showcases a nuanced performance unlike much we'd seen before) both directing and editing are potentially quite skilled at doing what they do and the few good moments here and there give you a little glimpse of what it could have been.

The main problem is that the film is just not funny enough to be able to be a crowd pleaser and looses itself among the too many subplots, some of which are way off the main subject, to be able to become a classic (the golf cart chase sequence is one of the lowest and unfunny points and the father group sequences, despite Chris Rock, are just too indulgent, over the top and long). However having said all this, I must confess, even though I laughed very little, I found myself moved a couple of times: oh dear, it really must be the hormones (I think they call it sympathetic pregnancy).

6/10 wp.me/p19wJ2-yv

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