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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.

Director:

Kirk Jones

Writers:

Shauna Cross (screenplay), Heather Hach (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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

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Taglines:

"I can't wait to meet my baby." 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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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

During the ultrasound scene, all of the couples are told the sex of their embryos. However, all of the pictures are side views, which wouldn't show the genitalia. See more »

Quotes

Gary: [to Wendy] Sweet bird of paradise! Was that you?
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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

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Addicted To Love
Written by Robert Palmer
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Completely shallow, generic and boring movie
3 June 2012 | by vasot02See all my reviews

Contrarily to this adapted verbose title, one shouldn't 'expect' much that is, unless literary desecration is in your hand of cards--if that is the game you're looking to play, then consider this mess a winner.

Inspired by Heidi Murkoff's multimillion-selling-self-help-book for expectant mothers--holding the same name--'What to Expect', the film, will be much less prolific. Obviously a lot more work, and money, towards getting an ensemble cast--as opposed to garnering producers with emphasis on purpose and ingenuity--the filmmakers, here, create a product that is not the least bit unique it's a generic label laden with followed genre-specific clichés, bawdy humor, and disjointed direction.

Despite its few laughs, known cast, and affecting hints towards pregnancy, 'What to Expect' is an over-packed piece of "luggage" that becomes too frustrating to haul around. An immersion too tediously futile and not nearly enough funny. Expect worse...


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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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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