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Over the moon about starting a family, TV fitness guru Jules and dance show star Evan find that their high-octane celebrity lives don't stand a chance against the surprise demands of pregnancy. Baby-c... read more read more...razy author and advocate Wendy gets a taste of her own militant mommy advice when pregnancy hormones ravage her body; while Wendy's husband, Gary, struggles not to be outdone by his competitive alpha-Dad, who's expecting twins with his much younger trophy wife, Skyler. Photographer Holly is prepared to travel the globe to adopt a child, but her husband Alex 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. And rival food truck chefs Rosie and Marco's surprise hook-up results in an unexpected quandary: what to do when your first child comes before your first date? -- (C) Lionsgate

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PG-13, 1 hr. 49 min.

Directed by: Kirk Jones

Release Date: May 18, 2012

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DVD Release Date: September 11, 2012

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  • April 29, 2013
    What to Expect When You're Expecting was just OK for me. It had a couple actors I liked in it, but not many. I only liked a couple of the story-lines. I could have done without Cameron and MJM's story completely. I liked Holly's story, but my favorite was Chace and... read more Anna's story the most. They were funny, flirty, and their scenes were the most realistic besides Holly's. It had it's funny moments just not enough. I expected more laughs and better dialogue. Dennis Quaid was really funny and was fun to watch act like a complete ass of a father. It's not something I would watch again.
  • April 18, 2013
    The book "What to Expect When You Are Expecting" is the basis for this film. This book is the closest thing in inspiration to the board game films that have been piping into theaters lately. I understand that this has a little more meat to its bones, being about the extremes of h... read moreaving your first child, but the film itself does not explore pregnancy. Instead it deals with the different stages and eventual scourges of family life. The stories of several women and their partners intertwine to create a narrative about conception, family, adoption, and the merits of pregnancy, all the while failing to be entertaining. Instead of being about what to actually expect when you're expecting, the film focuses on trying to interweave all these flawed narratives in order to have a long enough running time, which turns out to be far too long for a film of this type. Time is allocated for some couples more than others, and that miscalculation makes it so we end up watching scenes of a very pregnant Elizabeth Banks gross us out time and again. Actually, I don't want time to develop any of these sub-plots. There are several great performances, especially from Jennifer Lopez and Anna Kendrick, but they are playing the same characters they have already visited in "Pitch Perfect" and "The Back-up Plan." I did enjoy these performances most, probably because they weren't following the formula of baby makes three. One is about adoption and the other follows a miscarriage, and both still dealt with what you expect from pregnancy. Cameron Diaz gives a forgettable and sinister performance, Matthew Morrison looks half asleep, Chris Rock is so out of place that he draws unwanted attention to himself, and Brooklyn Decker and Chace Crawford could have been out of the picture altogether and nothing would have been missing. It's just a misguided, thoughtless cop-out, and though I know some people found some of these storylines truly heartwarming and sweet, I just found myself wondering why anyone could connect to cardboard cutouts instead of characters.
  • November 1, 2012
    Beyond awful but a brilliant advert for contraception - not because the kids were horrible but because some people just don't deserve children and shouldn't reproduce. Calling a Child a Spaz is not nice. The careers of Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez and Chris Rock continue of that ... read moredownward slope but in this instance I say serves them right.
  • October 13, 2012
    I tend to get leery when I see movies that are full of well known actors. That, to me, is a ploy to somehow save a lame script..and it rarely works. This is another one of those movies. Some humorous moments, but not many. Some romance, but not much. Not a bad movie, just not mem... read moreorable.
  • October 1, 2012
    I made my bf watch this with me and he wasn't all into it, but said it was okay. I thought it was alright, your typical romantic comedy which involves a group of people and their individual lives relating to pregnancy. You see each couple dealing with their own issues and some ... read moreparts were pretty funny though, (Dennis Quad and his wife). Lol
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    September 2, 2012
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    "What to Expect When You're Expecting" is a movie geared towards couples who have/want/or expecting kids. Follows four couples who are expecting, and one who is adopting. There are a few real funny scenes, mostly involving a group of dads who walk in the park. But, a few funny ... read morescenes, strung together don't always make a good movie. The cast is big with Cameron Diaz, Chris Rock, Jennifer Lopez, Elizabeth Banks, Dennis Quaid among others. The movie runs too long at nearly two hours, and really there is so much filler, that you almost lose interest. It's still a decent watch if you have kids, want kids, or know someone who is expecting. This is one where the guys will be dosing off, and the women will be laughing, getting a lot of the situations the women go through. Not saying guys will not like this movie, but it's definitely a chick flick that has a little for guys, but not enough to hold their interest. Worth a watch? Sure, just know what to expect.
  • August 31, 2012
    It's too late to pull out now.

    Very good movie! I really enjoyed this movie and think it's got an unfair rep. They did cram a lot in there, but I think that was a good thing as it seems to me that it represented a lot of different situations. The movie didn't have a lot of depth... read more, but with such a big ensemble cast what do you expect?

    Inspired by the perennial New York Times bestseller of the same name, WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU'RE EXPECTING is a hilarious and heartfelt big screen comedy about five couples whose intertwined lives are turned upside down by the challenges of impending parenthood. Over the moon about starting a family, TV fitness guru Jules and dance show star Evan find that their high-octane 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; while Wendy's husband, Gary, struggles not to be outdone by his competitive alpha-Dad, who's expecting twins with his much younger trophy wife, Skyler. Photographer Holly is prepared to travel the globe to adopt a child, but her husband Alex 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. And rival food truck chefs Rosie and Marco's surprise hook-up results in an unexpected quandary: what to do when your first child comes before your first date? A kaleidoscopic comedy as universal as it is unpredictable, WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU'RE EXPECTING finds humor and uplift in all the unexpected trials and triumphs of welcoming a child into the world.
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    July 12, 2012
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    Don't ask, as even I don't know why I watched this.
  • July 1, 2012
    An unoriginal romantic comedy that follows five uninteresting couples, some of them quite annoying. Apart from a few funny scenes, the humor is mostly ridiculous and embarrassing, involving gases, urine and vomit - which only shows how witless the producers are.
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    June 10, 2012
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    "What to Expect When You're Expecting" is the type of movie that should have been terrible, but turned out to be a nice time at the movies. Sure it's cliched at times, but the fact that it follows three different story lines in peoples marriages and child births, without really g... read moreetting to a point in the film where it gets old, you will find yourself enjoying the witty relationships and dialogue. There are a few edits, and even if it was in the original script, it would still be off-putting. It cuts from an extremely depressing moment, to a scene that tries to make you laugh out loud. For that reason alone, the film felt disjointed. However, the cast is great and I laughed quite a bit. Really, it's a harmless comedy for men and women. It's a great date movie, but that's about it!

Critic Reviews


J. R. Jones
May 24, 2012
J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader

Technically the genre isn't beneath contempt. But this movie is. Full Review

Guy Lodge
May 22, 2012
Guy Lodge, Time Out

Bringing a child into the world is no laughing matter, and all involved seem to have done their level best to make things as mirthless as possible. Full Review

Peter Rainer
May 18, 2012
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor

Babies are cute and expectant parents often aren't. That kind of sums up What to Expect When You're Expecting. Full Review

Stephen Whitty
May 18, 2012
Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger

Director Kirk Jones and screenwriters Shauna Cross and Heather Hach consistently fall back on corny music and slow-motion to try to get laughs. Very little of this movie feels risky, or even frisky. Full Review

William Goss
May 18, 2012
William Goss, Film.com

Patently contrived to deliver the safer side of pregnancy-related humor over the course of five tidily intersecting plot lines. Full Review

Connie Ogle
May 18, 2012
Connie Ogle, Miami Herald

Remember when advice books stayed on the shelves where they belonged? Full Review

Jennie Punter
May 18, 2012
Jennie Punter, Globe and Mail

It's a sitcom-y ensemble film (complete with product placement) that feels like you're flipping around the TV dial. Full Review

Tom Long
May 18, 2012
Tom Long, Detroit News

"What to Expect" rolls out this shocking revelation: Having kids is a messy and complicated process. Full Review

Farran Smith Nehme
May 18, 2012
Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post

The film is dully shot and so predictably plotted, you could tick off the items like you're packing a bag for the delivery room. Full Review

Stephanie Merry
May 18, 2012
Stephanie Merry, Washington Post

The movie turns out to be a little of everything yet succeeds only occasionally at anything. Full Review

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    • Janice: I was breastfed myself until I was six, and look how I turned out.
    • Vic: You want to adopt? How about you adopt some new friends?
    • Female Co-Worker: Should we all take off our bras?
    • Wendy: Well, I'm calling it... pregnancy sucks.
    • Ramsey: You don't know love until you wiped someone's ass.
    • Wendy: Get me the juice!

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