‘What To Expect When You’re Expecting’ Movie Review

The What to Expect When You’re Expecting movie hit theaters nationwide on Friday, May 18, 2012. This movie is incredibly Hollywood, what with a huge cast of characters who attempt to showcase all the different things that can happen when a woman gets—or can’t get—pregnant.

Is the movie trying to show too much? Yes. But is it sweet? Of course, because in a movie like this, everyone has a happy ending.

Jules (Cameron Diaz) is a famous weight loss instructor on a Biggest Loser-esque show who finds herself pregnant with her boyfriend of just a few months, Evan (Matthew Morrison), who dances on a Dancing With The Stars-esque show.

Elizabeth Banks Brooklyn Decker 2012 ShankboneThen there’s Wendy (Elizabeth Banks) who runs a “Breast” and children’s store; she’s desperate to get pregnant with her husband, Gary (Ben Falcone). And Gary has a tumultuous relationship with his famous father, Ramsey (Dennis Quaid), who just got his young wife, Skyler (Brooklyn Decker), pregnant with twins.

Then, in perhaps one of the most moving storylines, photographer Holly (Jennifer Lopez) is adopting with a reluctant husband, Alex (Rodrigo Santoro), since she can’t get pregnant.

Last and possibly least are food truck owners Rosie (Anna Kendrick) and Marco (Chace Crawford) who have a one-night stand and get pregnant.

Lost yet? Because those aren’t the only storylines in the What to Expect When You’re Expecting movie. There’s also a whole slew of men who participate in a Saturday guy’s club, where they moan about—but still clearly love—their kids (and, yes, it is one of the highlights of the film).

The biggest problem with such a huge cast of characters is, obviously, that you never get fully invested in any single story, at least for the most part. Nearly all of the stories have their moments, whether it be Wendy suffering through every horrible bit of pregnancy while her chipper mother-in-law gets the glow. Or there’s Alex’s very real struggle to deal with his nervousness about having a kid.

Some of the minor characters have some great moments, too. One of the guys in the Saturday guy group, Vic (Chris Rock), has a very adorable kid, who keeps the laughs coming with his antics. Then there’s Wendy’s assistant Janice (Rebel Wilson), who is awkward in a pitch perfect way.

The movie would have been better served had their been fewer stories—Wendy, Gary, Skyler, and Ramsey alone could have made a great film, complete with comic and heart-wrenching moments, especially at the end—but the fact is it didn’t.

Still, the ending wraps up all the pregnancies in beautiful, and not completely expected, ways. Don’t be surprised if it induces a few happy tears.

Did you see the What to Expect When You’re Expecting movie? What did you think of it?

© 2012 Elizabeth SanFilippo at Gather.com

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