Movie Review: "What To Expect When You're Expecting"

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“What To Expect When You’re Expecting” (Lionsgate)

“What To Expect When You’re Expecting” is one of those movies where they take several separate stories and connect them very loosely by having one character related to another, etc. It is all warm and funny but doesn’t amount to a lot when you add it all up. You are smiling when you leave the theater but if asked you really couldn’t say why.

The premise of the movie is based on the bestselling book WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING. The stories of five couples who have pregnancies as a result of their relationships are presented in alternating fashion. We have Jules (Cameron Diaz) and Evan (Matthew Morrison) who met on a dancing reality show. Then there are Holly (Jennifer Lopez) and Alex (Rodrigo Santoro) who are married and want to adopt.

Another couple is made up of Wendy (Elizabeth Banks) and Gary (Ben Falcone), a pregnancy expert and her husband. Gary’s father is Ramsey (Dennis Quaid) and he and his trophy wife Skyler (Brooklyn Decker) are also expecting. And finally we meet Marco (Chase Crawford) and Rosie (Anna Kendrick) who get pregnant as a result of a one night stand.

Each of these couple’s problems is interesting, dramatic and funny. Marco and Rosie are the most dramatic, while Wendy and Gary are the most humorous. Jules and Evan are the most forgettable. All pale in entertainment value when put up against the “Dude Group.”

“The Dude Group is composed of group of Dads who meet every Saturday morning at the park. These men are Vic (Chris Rock), Gabe (Rob Huebel), Craig (Thomas Lennon) and Patel (Amir Talai). They also have a single buddy named Davis (Joe Manganiello). The actions and conversations of these men are the comic highlights of the movie.

The movie is fun but it just doesn’t appear to be very original. All aspects of the film seem to have been seen in other movies. They may not have been but the situations are awfully familiar, ranging from the “give me drugs” delivery scene to the competitive fathers scene.

The movie is rated PG-13 for profanity and some sexual situations.

“What To Expect When You’re Expecting” isn’t a bad movie; it is just an average one. In this day and age it needs to be better than that to earn the price of admission.

I scored “What To Expect When You’re Expecting” a delivered 5 out of 10.

Photo courtesy of: Lionsgate

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