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.

Director:

Kirk Jones

Writers:

Shauna Cross (screenplay), Heather Hach (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cameron Diaz ... Jules
Jennifer Lopez ... Holly
Elizabeth Banks ... Wendy
Chace Crawford ... Marco
Brooklyn Decker ... Skyler
Ben Falcone ... Gary
Anna Kendrick ... Rosie
Matthew Morrison ... Evan
Dennis Quaid ... Ramsey
Chris Rock ... Vic
Rodrigo Santoro ... Alex
Joe Manganiello ... Davis
Rob Huebel ... Gabe
Thomas Lennon ... Craig (as Tom Lennon)
Amir Talai ... Patel
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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

"I'm calling bull$#!%. Pregnancy sucks." See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Elizabeth Banks, Jennifer Lopez and Brooklyn Decker are the only actresses cast as pregnant women who have children in real life; Lopez gave birth to twins, Decker gave birth to a son and Banks has two sons via a surrogate. Cameron Diaz gave birth via surrogate in December 2019 and Anna Kendrick has never had children. See more »

Goofs

When Rosie takes her pregnancy test, the box shows a First Response digital test. When she puts the test down, it's a standard test. See more »

Quotes

Ramsey: Rubbin' is racin'.
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Connections

References West Side Story (1961) See more »

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Inside Out
Written by Erin Reed, Geir Olvind Hvidsten, Stephen Gibson and Cecil Glenn
Performed by Niré Alldai
Courtesy of EMI Records US
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music and DM Records, Inc.
Contains a sample of "Whoomp! There It Is"
Written by Stephen Gibson and Cecil Glenn
Performed by Tag Team
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A brain off comedy that is a little out of convention
13 September 2012 | by Gordon-11See 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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Official Sites:

Official site [France]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 May 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

What to Expect When You're Expecting See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,547,068, 20 May 2012

Gross USA:

$41,152,203

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$84,384,002
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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