Wednesday, July 24, 2013

What to Expect When You’re Expecting (2012)

Number Rolled: 80
Movie Name/Year: What to Expect When You’re Expecting (2012)
Genre: Comedy
Length: 109 minutes
Rating: PG-13
Director: Kirk Jones
Writer: Shauna Cross, Heather Hach, Heidi Murkoff
Actors: Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Elizabeth Banks, Chace Crawford, Brooklyn Decker, Ben Falcone, Anna Kendrick, Matthew Morrison, Dennis Quaid, Chris Rock, Rodrigo Santoro, Joe Manganiello, Rob Huebel, Thomas Lennon, Amir Talai, Rebel Wilson, Wendi McLendon-Covey

Five women found out that they were expecting a child at approximately the same time. Each individual story was told on its own and the viewer learned, as the story progressed, how each story intersected with the others.

Going into this movie I was prepared for a bit of a letdown. The description didn’t really interest me, but I added it to my queue because of a love for Elizabeth Banks. I was pleasantly surprised. The movie was very funny, although I’d still consider it more of a drama than a comedy, and the actors were all really amazing. What I found the best part was that the storyline seemed relatively realistic.

Sure, most new daddies don’t get their kids from Ethiopia or have rich car-racing dads of their own trying to stuff money down their throats, but the actually pregnancies weren’t glamorized as much as I thought they would be. The five women don’t have the same road to travel despite having the same goal. Pregnancy is not a cut and dry issue. Some women feel certain things, others a whole different set of symptoms and some, for a lucky few, barely feel anything. “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” travels down five very different paths that lead to a child.

I enjoyed the movie. I didn’t absolutely love it but I wasn’t staring at the clock, either. I feel the connection between the stories was flimsy, at best, and the way they had the babies delivered definitely tested my suspension of disbelief. However, with its faults, it still wasn’t bad.

Overall Opinion – 3/5

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