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What To Expect When You're Expecting (2012)
Friday, May 18, 2012
Crude and sexual content, thematic elements and language
Cameron Diaz, Elizabeth Banks, Anna Kendrick, Jennifer Lopez, Brooklyn Decker, Dennis Quaid, Joe Manganiello, Rodrigo Santoro, Chace Crawford, Thomas Lennon, Matthew Morrison, Chris Rock
Shauna Cross, Heather Hach, Heidi Murkoff
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?
What To Expect When You're Expecting (2012) | Review
No Two Couple Are The Same
I honestly wasn't "expecting" a lot from this film, especially after checking out its ratings and reviews, but since my wife is pregnant with our first child we decided to give it a go. After the opening sequence where Cameron Diaz's character vomits into her dance trophy, I was pretty worried for what was to come, but thankfully things picked up during the second trimester and seeing it through to full-term helped things come around... for the most part.
Diaz and Matthew Morrison play a famous couple who hooked up on a reality TV show called Celebrity Dance Factor. Diaz is a Jillian Michaels clone who doubts whether their celeb-romance can last, and wonders if a baby will hurt or help their chances. Jennifer Lopez and Rodrigo Santoro are a couple who can't have kids and have tried everything including multiple rounds of IVF. Lopez plays a baby photographer who wants to be able to control some aspect of her life and wants to adopt an Ethiopian child, and Santoro's Alex character is hesitant about starting a family, especially after hanging with Chris Rock and the "Dude Group," a band of dads who walk their kids together daily with baby bjorns and sippy cups ready at every corner.
Playing rival food truck owners, Chace Crawford and Anna Kendrick are the youngsters of the cast, as high school flings who get together for a one-night stand and a baby on the way complicates everything. Then Elizabeth Banks plays the owner of a baby boutique, ironically obsessed with getting pregnant after two years of trying. When she and her husband finally conceive, they announce the amazing news to her husband's father, (Dennis Quaid) who actually has some baby news of his own with his supermodel wife (Brooklyn Decker), who is almost thirty years his junior.
There are many missteps in the film, such as forced dialogue and cheesy caricatures, but what the movie does get right are the unpredictable elements of pregnancy and life in general. The book it is patterned after tries to show all the possible things that might happen while bringing a baby into this world, and the film shows the broad spectrum of everything from having the perfect pregnancy (Decker sneezes and delivers the baby!), adopting a child, having to go on bed rest, and even losing a child. It also covers a huge range of emotion that can be associated with the nine months and how both genders deal with it. It was also cool seeing the fathers actually playing a supportive role, and though a little contrived, Chris Rock's speech about loving fatherhood was actually pretty touching.
In the film, conception and the knitting together of a child in a mother's womb is never really discussed as the incredible miracle that it truly is, but they do make sure to hammer home the fact that kids are our legacy that we leave behind, and that family is what truly matters. It is a smaller cast than in some other ensemble comedies, so you do have time to connect with the characters more, and every couple out there, expecting, with kids, or trying, will have someone they relate to. It's not groundbreaking or life-changing in any way, but honestly, what were you expecting?
Blu-ray bonus features include about five minutes of deleted scenes, mostly of a member of the "Dude Group" crushing on Joe Manganiello, and of Rebel Wilson ad-libbing some lines at a book signing. "The Dudes Unscrewed" is a ten-minute look at manhood and fatherhood, and what it was like filming with squirmy little kids strapped to your chest in the hot Atlanta summertime, and "What to Expect and the Pregnancy Bible" delves further into the book that inspired the film, and shows the author and stars sharing their own success and horror stories.
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