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Movie Review of "What to Expect When You're Expecting"

Updated on May 15, 2014

"This movie is funny, sad, crazy, and also explores different pregnancy situations."

Who Will Enjoy The Movie "What To Expect When You're Expecting"

First of all to get it out of the way, you will only enjoy the movie "What To Expect When You're Expecting" is if you enjoy movies with ensemble casts and multiple story lines of loosely interconnected people. This movie has the same style as: "New Year's Eve", "He's Just Not That Into You", "Love Actually", or "Valentine's Day", only based on five different women's pregnancy stories not love stories like the rest of these multi-story line movies. This movie may also only especially appeal to women over men. It's a good watch for women that are pregnant, want to become pregnant, or enjoy a movie revolving around pregnancy. Not that all men will hate this movie. There are some aspects to it that men might enjoy, such as some of the dad moments might be funny to men that are going to become dads or already are dads. There is a group of men that walk their babies through the park together that are called "the dudes". They're pretty funny and honest about how they deal with being fathers.

Each story line is acted out clearly so they're memorable. One of the women, played by Elizabeth Banks, has a difficult pregnancy, with vomiting, feet swelling, and a hard time controlling her bladder. She was my favorite story line as she outlined all of the most painful symptoms of pregnancy and humorously randomly pees herself or yells at her husband and then quickly tells him she loves him. Cameron Diaz's character is a fitness guru with outrageous expectations of herself and everyone around her. She bosses around her husband. Brooklyn Decker stars as a trophy wife with a perfect pregnancy without side effects. She looks fantastic throughout her pregnancy and annoys Elizabeth's character. Twilight's Anna Kendrick surprised me in this movie as the young unplanned pregnancy with a guy she just hooked up with. Her acting here is great. J Lo's character in this movie is a woman who cannot get pregnant, so she chooses to adopt. Her husband isn't positive it's what he wants and the two convincingly portray a couple struggling to agree on adoption and what a big step it will be for their relationship.

This movie is funny, sad, crazy, and also explores different pregnancy situations. It's a nice watch if you want something lighthearted and sweet. It's one of the most honest movies about pregnancy that I've seen. The past movies I've watched with pregnancy as a subject matter are overly dramatic and sad usually. They avoided seeing the humor in it and the craziness in it in the way this movie does. Of course "Rosemary's Baby" sees the crazy in pregnancy pretty well, but definitely not in a funny way. Tip: avoid "Rosemary's Baby" like the bubonic plague if you're pregnant.

"What To Expect When You're Expecting" isn't a really deep movie. It's just a mish mash of sweet, funny, sometimes sad story lines about those nine months of carrying a baby women go through. If you liked movies like: "Nine Months", "The Switch", or "The Back-up Plan" you likely will be able to appreciate this movie.

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Movie Rating

4 stars for What To Expect When You're Expecting

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Movie Quotables!

"I just wanted the glow. The one that they promise you on the cover of those magazines. Well, I'm calling it - pregnancy sucks. Making a human being is really hard. I have no control over my body or my emotions."

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Movie Trivia

Based on the popular series of pregnancy guides by the same name. As of 2011, more than 14.5 million books have been sold.

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      Nicole Kristine 2 years ago from MN

      This one is funny :) thanks for reading!

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      Chrysanthemum 2 years ago

      A truly funny pregnancy movie. It's good to cure feeling sad while you're pregnant and also lists a few things that can go wrong.