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EXPECTING Movie Review

NR....87 min.....Comedy, Drama
December 6, 2013 (LIMITED — LA)

© 2013 Tribeca Film

WRITER / DIRECTOR: .Jessie McCormack
Michelle Monaghan, Radha Mitchell, Jon Dore,
Michael Weston, Mimi Kennedy, Andrew Shea
DISTRIBUTOR: .Tribeca Film

SYNOPSIS: After years of struggling to conceive with her husband, Lizzie (Radha Mitchell) has given up hope of having a baby on her own. But when her best friend Andie (Michelle Monaghan) finds herself pregnant after a one-night stand, an unexpected solution arises: Andie offers to have the baby and give it to Lizzie. The couple agrees to the plan, on one condition: Andie must move in with them for the duration of the pregnancy. But can the women’s friendship survive until birth?

When a lady’s life isn’t quite going as planned, she’s likely to turn to her bestie for support—and, if she’s lucky, her BFF will know just how to turn her frown upside down. Some problems, however, can’t be solved by girl talk and a bottle of wine (or even three). It’s when the going gets tough that we see which friendships will weather the storms Mother Nature loves to throw our way…and which won’t. Starring Michelle Monaghan and Radha Mitchell, Jessie McCormack‘s female-buddy-dramedy Expecting explores how far we’ll go to comfort—and what we’re prepared to sacrifice for—those we love.

Expecting focuses on the two main relationships in Lizzie’s (Mitchell) life—her friendship with Andie (Monaghan) and her marriage to Peter (Jon Dore)—and the delicate balance between them. So true to life are the depictions of Peter’s resentment of Andie, and the frequent antagonism between them, that the discomfort of others around them trickles down into the film’s audience. Although well-executed, such constant tension does not always lend itself to the most enjoyable viewing experience.

Expecting‘s greatest strength is its humor, which ranges from giggle-worthy to good-lord-did-he/she-actually-just-say-that funny. Touching on topics like relationships, pregnancy flatulence, drug addiction, and the blowjob head-push, little is off-limits to the film’s humor—and its dialogue follows suit, chock-full of four-letter expletives and sexually explicit comedy. (Not a criticism; just a fact.) Worthy of note is Mimi Kennedy‘s hilariously tactless performance as Lizzie and Peter’s couples counselor.

Although a number of its themes (and some of its soundtrack) are evocative of 2007’s indie hit JunoExpecting‘s take on pregnancy and maternity is very much its own. If you’re looking for a hard-hitting—and frequently laugh-out-loud funny—reflection on friendships, relationships, and hardships, Expecting is worth your consideration.

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