What to Expect When You’re Expecting

Starring: Elizabeth Banks, Ben Falcone, Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Matthew Morrison, Dennis Quaid, Brooklyn Dekker, Anna Kendrick, Rodrigo Santoro, Chase Crawford, Chris Rock, Joe Manganiello’s abs, Rebel Wilson

Because the premise is so intricate with the interweaving, I’m taking the plot description from Rotten Tomatoes, my go to movie site (Thank you, Rotten Tomatoes!). Premise: “Over the moon about starting a family, TV fitness guru Jules (Cameron Diaz) and dance show star Evan (Matthew Morrison) find that their high-octane celebrity lives don’t stand a chance against the surprise demands of pregnancy. Baby-crazy author and advocate Wendy (Elizabeth Banks) gets a taste of her own militant mommy advice when pregnancy hormones ravage her body; while Wendy’s husband, Gary (Ben Falcone), struggles not to be outdone by his competitive alpha-Dad (Dennis Quaid), who’s expecting twins with his much younger trophy wife, Skyler (Brooklyn Dekker). Photographer Holly (Jennifer Lopez) is prepared to travel the globe to adopt a child, but her husband Alex (Rodrigo Santoro) 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 (Anna Kendrick) and Marco’s (Chase Crawford) 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 watching What to Expect when You’re Expecting:

  • Do expect to laugh.
  • Don’t expect it to be all fun and games.
  • Do expect some surprisingly fleshed out characters.
  • Don’t expect to not be creeped out by Matthew Morrison even when he’s hanging out with people his own age (Yes, that was a Glee reference).
  • Do expect to find Chase Crawford and Anna Kendrick adorable.
  • Don’t expect all story lines to be thought out.
  • Do expect great work from Elizabeth Banks and Ben Falcone (Their storyline was my favorite – minus the Dennis Quaid parts.)
  • Don’t expect it to be the perfect romantic comedy.
  • Do expect to be charmed by Rebel Wilson (I really shouldn’t like her as much as I do, the characters she plays are so annoying. Maybe it’s the accent.)
  • Don’t expect it to be all about women.
  • Do expect, surprisingly, a lot of hilarious, testosterone heavy moments.  (Many of the “Daddy Dudes moments were hilarious.)
  • Don’t expect to love it.
  • Do expect to like it more than you think it will.

Basically, What to Expect When You’re Expecting exceeded my expectations. It wasn’t perfect, by far. And it had some cliché moments, but it was still quite adorable. There was a surprising amount of character development within the large cast. I figured it would be another Valentine’s Day or New Year’s Eve with all the heavy star power, but it worked. Strangely enough it worked. Stand out of the movie? Hands down, Elizabeth Banks.

 

Rating: 3 stars (out of 5).

 

 

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