What to Expect When You’re Expecting movie review

So my wife and I had a chance to see a movie the other night.

Photo Gage Skidmore, via Wikimedia Commons

Anna Kendrick was one of the bright spots of What To Expect When You’re Expecting. (Gage Skidmore photo)

As it was our first night out to the movies in a while, and she chose the last one (Friends with Kids), I figured we’d go see the Avengers.

Instead, we saw What to Expect When You’re Expecting.

The movie is somewhat loosely based on the book of the same name. And by loosely, I mean they pretty much share the title, and that’s it.

For those not familiar with the book, it is pretty much a reference guide for women for when they get pregnant. It’s very informative. I’ve actually made great use of the sequel books, What to Expect When You’re Expecting: The First Year and What to Expect When You’re Expecting: The Toddler Years.

The movie follows five couples from all backgrounds as they get pregnant. There’s the couple who have been trying for years, a one-night stand couple, a couple ready to adopt, a celebrity couple that have been together a few months and a couple that got pregnant with no problems.

Like many of these movies, it’s an ensemble cast where the stories kinda inter-connect, but not really. Some of the actors include Cameron Diaz, Chris Rock, Jennifer Lopez, Matthew Morrison and Dennis Quaid.

Because of so many storylines, it’s harder to get to know the characters. One of the problems with this is the after effect when you leave the theatre. On the way home, my wife and I discussed the film at length. It wasn’t until about 15 minutes in, we realize we forgot all about Cameron Diaz’s storyline. It was pretty forgettable.

On the flip side, the one-night stand couple, played by Anna Kendrick and Chace Crawford, really tugs at your heartstrings. A whole movie based on their story probably would have been better.

My wife enjoyed the movie. She liked remembering the different of stages of pregnancy.

I, on the other hand, thought it was just okay. There were some funny bits. I enjoyed the Dude Group (a group of dads who met once a week to let off some steam). I just thought there were too many storylines. You were stuck with the bad ones (J-Lo’s adoption storyline was the worst), and the good ones weren’t able to fully develop.

Overall, it was a meh movie. I wouldn’t recommend someone see it, but I wouldn’t recommend against it either.

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