Movie Review: What To Expect When You’re Expecting

Movie Review: What To Expect When You’re Expecting

What To Expect When You’re Expecting


PG-13 for crude and sexual content, thematic elements and language.
Genre: Comedy, Adaptation.
Running Time: 1 hour 50 minutes

Over the moon about starting a family, TV fitness guru Jules and dance show star Evan discover their celebrity lives don’t stand a chance against the surprise demands of pregnancy. Baby-crazy author and advocate Wendy gets a taste of her own militant mommy advice when pregnancy hormones ravage her body as her husband struggles not to be outdone by his competitive Dad who’s expecting twins!

Meanwhile, photographer Holly is prepared to travel the globe to adopt a child but her husband Alex isn’t so sure about the plan. Last – but certainly not least – rival food truck chefs Rosie and Marco’s surprise get together results in an unexpected turn of events.

This is all part of the ups and downs of expecting a baby.

Better Left In Book Form

What to Expect When You’re Expecting best falls into the category of,  “It sounded like a good idea at the time…but we were wrong!”

Based on the book of the same name this movie clocks in at one hour 50 minutes and it’s about one hour 40 minutes too long. It’s confusing, disjointed and a poor attempt to connect different story lines that have only one thing in common – a pregnancy. As a basic overview, What To Expect When You’re Expecting has a genre and story line feel of Gary Marshall’s New Years Eve movie from last year. However, this is a failed attempt to connect otherwise random connections following one theme. Keep one thing in mind – Kirk Jones is no Gary Marshall. With only three other movies to his directing resume, Jones needs to go back to the drawing board and figure out what genre he wants to focus on in the future.

The only story line remotely connected revolves around the couples of Wendy and Gary and Gary’s over-bearing father and his trophy wife Skyler who are also expecting. But even this story line is dismal at best. It’s nothing more than a dysfunctional look at family life full of poor acting and a very poor performance by Dennis Quaid who plays the egotistical dad always looking to outshine his son.

Aside from the poor pregnancy story line connections those involved in What to Expect When You’re Expecting tossed in what they called “The Dude Group”. Again, this is nothing more than a failed attempt to bring some laughter to the screen using Chris Rock as the main jokester of the group. While I do not like Chris Rock, he is certainly out of his element here and it shows. At times the pregnancy story lines and the “dude” story lines almost cause a horrendous freeway multiple car pile up. This is simply a disaster waiting to happen.

When it comes to acting talent, the movie had promise with a somewhat star studded cast. With names like Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez and Dennis Quaid What to Expect When You’re Expecting looked like it had promise. But alas, it seems like the stars phoned in their performances or were simply so poorly cast they just couldn’t get a grip on the parts.

While What to Expect When You’re Expecting has a enjoyed a rather lengthy stay in the Box Office Top 10 since it’s release, this movie is really a dud and probably only has staying power because there’s not a lot of other choices out there. Some have said I didn’t like this movie because it’s a chick-flick. Such is not the case – even my wife Sandra did not like this movie. There are a few glimmers of laughter sprinkled throughout the movie, but the best laugh-out-loud moment doesn’t come until the last five minutes of the movie. From a rating standpoint, this movie is far from family-friendly. The content is simply not appropriate for a young audience.

Avoid the show!

Dr. Rus

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Dr. Rus has 30+ years experience in the field of communication. He takes this experience, and his passion to encourage others to positively effect their environment, when providing insight and movie reviews.