What To Expect When You’re Expecting (2012) Movie Review
Released : May 18th, 2012
Reviewed : Aug. 13th, 2013
Genre : Comedy / Romance
Story (from IMDB) : A look at love through the eyes of five interconnected couples experiencing the thrills and surprises of having a baby, and ultimately coming to understand the universal truth that no matter what you plan for, life doesn’t always deliver what’s expected.
What To Expect When You’re Expecting is the prime example of getting a great cast together and just making a bad movie on several aspects.
The story follows five couples all going through pregnancy in a interconnecting story of sorts. They go through the pains of it all, the laughs, and the moments where they don’t know what to do. It also shows the men not always being sure of what to do. Never go though does the story get too deep or confusing. It often stays rather predictable and usually ends up showing scenes that should rather have been cut. What the film lacks in necessary depth for the plot it makes up for in scenes developing deep usually useless subplots for characters are that uninteresting.
With a great cast it’s really sad to see that most of the roles in this movie flop. We are plagued with almost all the female characters for instance being generally unlikeable. Elizabeth Banks is the standout role for the females in this movie and that is just because she has the funniest moments. Anna Kendrick also does a good job as the younger budding female in the movie and has the most heartfelt moments. Sadly Jennifer Lopez and Cameron Diazs’ characters are completely unlikeable I felt. Diazs’s character is the mom who wants to continuously work and never give up anything during her pregnancy but I just felt nothing towards her the entire movie.
The male crew saves the day somewhat though. With Chris Rock, Rob Huebel, Dennis Quiad, and Thomas Lennon you have a pretty diverse group of actors and comedians. Seeing them walk together strapped head to toe in baby gear is funny by itself but they actually have some witty dialog. Like expected though towards the end they linear story tears them down into a bowl of generic moments like the rest of the film.
Overall I can’t recommend this film to anyone. There are better comedies and romance films for women to watch that will be more enjoyable.