WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING Movie Review
What to Expect When You’re Expecting is a true delight. More than I expected and everything I hoped it would be.
Based on the pregnancy guidebook of the same name (as much as Mean Girls is ‘based on’ Queen Bees and Wannabes), What to Expect When You’re Expecting follows five couples who unexpectedly find themselves expecting:
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 Decker]. 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 [Chris Rock, Thomas Lennon, Rob Huebel, and Amir Talai]. And rival food truck chefs Rosie [Anna Kendrick] and Marco’s [Chace Crawford] surprise hook-up results in an unexpected quandary: what to do when your first child comes before your first date?
Comedy-wise, What to Expect When You’re Expecting does not disappoint. Expectations run extraordinarily high with a cast like this one–which also includes Rebel Wilson, Wendi McLendon-Covey, and Joe Manganiello (with cameos by Dwyane Wade, Whitney Port, Cheryl Cole, Tyce Diorio, Taboo, and Megan Mullally)–and What to Expect easily surpasses them all. Each performance is both hilarious and endearing on its own, and when combined form a whole that is substantially greater than the mere sum of its parts.
As she did in Just Go With It (2011), Brooklyn Decker once again proves that she can play with (and hold her own against) the big boys and girls. Anna Kendrick’s performance is an emotional roller coaster you can’t help but enjoy riding. The Dudes Group (Rock, Lennon, Huebel, and Talai) adds a spirit of adventure to everyday trips to the park (that is, you never quite know what they’ll do or say next…not that I’m judging), and Rebel Wilson is the hilarious co-worker we all wish we had.
Abundant laughter and smiles aside, What to Expect When You’re Expecting is so much more than a simple comedy. Each couple’s story tugs at the heartstrings in its own unique way, yielding a nearly desperate need to see each get their own happy ending and all-encompassing joy when they do.
What to Expect When You’re Expecting is a new classic for chick-flick and rom-com lovers (among whom I proudly stand). Already on my DVD wish list, I cannot wait to watch this movie again and again.
What to Expect When You’re Expecting is rated PG-13 and will be in theaters beginning Friday, May 18.
Still on the fence? Check out this new clip released yesterday!