I’m all for a good comedy. Sometimes all I want is to be able to giggle my way through a movie, and if there’s a bit of romance, too, I won’t complain. While not exactly what you might expect, this 2012 comedy does have its moments.
What to Expect When You’re Expecting (2012) Film Review
Ending her run on a popular dance competition leaves fitness makeover guru Jules (Cameron Diaz) with quite the surprise. Turns out, she, along with her dance partner (Matthew Morrison) are expecting a baby. Figuring things out becomes their normal. A fan of the dance competition, Rosie (Anna Kendrick) finds herself picking up her flirt with a former high school peer, only this time, the two are competing as food truck owners. Things get very personal between them when, after a fling, Rosie finds out she’s pregnant.
Elsewhere, long time married couple Wendy and Gary (Elizabeth Banks, Ben Falcone) try for two years to have a baby only to learn that Gary’s father (Dennis Quaid) is about to welcome a new baby with his younger wife (Brooklyn Decker). Then there is the artsy married couple Holly and Alex (Jennifer Lopez, Rodrigo Santoro) who, unable to have children of their own, make plans to adopt a child.CUTE MOVIE NEEDS TITLE CHANGE: ‘WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING’ #Movies #FunnyMovies Click To Tweet
This is one of those movies that I didn’t watch for a long time because it’s not a story I relate to. Plus, knowing it’s based on a non-fiction best-seller didn’t entice me. But as I looked through Prime one night, I did see this one and knowing it has an all-star cast (and expecting it to be a little bit ridiculous), I watched it.
Though not something I had expectations of liking, this is a film that’s better than it seems (and its title suggests). There’s lots of funny and absurd, yes, but the film touches on some more serious challenges or issues as well. As a result, we shed a tear or two over some of the vignette stories. All of the stars are good, and it’s fun to see such a recognizable ensemble cast; I always like Anna Kendrick and Ben Falcone is quite funny as the long-suffering son of Quaid (the golf cart scene and what inspires it is hilarious). Also in the cast is Joe Manganiello, Chris Rock, Chace Crawford and Rebel Wilson.
Long story short, I actually really did enjoy What to Expect When You’re Expecting. Never thought I would, but there you have it. If you enjoy films like The Back-Up Plan or Life as We Know It, you’ll find something funny in this as well as poignant.
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Content: there’s quite a lot of crude humor (especially as relates to pregnancy) and sexual references (discussion of anatomy, crude jokes, tracking when to have sex, etc).