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What to Expect When You're Expecting
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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 22%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Technically the genre isn't beneath contempt. But this movie is."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"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."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"Diaz's plotline seems to revolve solely around an argument with Morrison over the merits of circumcision. She's pro-cut. He's fanatically anti-cut. Clearly, as is the film's editor."
‑ Andy Lea, Daily Star
"Provides good chuckles and heartfelt drama - paired with an equal amount of familiar gags and flat story ideas."
‑ Ben Kendrick, ScreenRant
"Too bad you can't watch What to Expect When You're Expecting the way most people read the best-selling self-help book: by skipping the unnecessary bits and diving into the important stuff."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"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."
‑ Guy Lodge, Time Out
"Patently contrived to deliver the safer side of pregnancy-related humor over the course of five tidily intersecting plot lines."
‑ William Goss, Film.com
"What to Expect When You're Expecting provides a snapshot of contemporary anxieties about imminent parenthood, but it may be more worthwhile as a document for future pop culture scholars to use to understand what was trendy in 2012."
‑ Mark Pfeiffer, Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
"What To Expect When You're Expecting delivers a stale plot, mostly underwritten characters and almost no joy. Expect little and you may not be entirely disappointed."
‑ Kristal Cooper, We Got This Covered
"A dirty diaper bag of sex jokes, sentimental mush, cartoonish claptrap and weary parent-to-be cliches."
‑ Neil Pond, American Profile
"Babies are cute and expectant parents often aren't. That kind of sums up What to Expect When You're Expecting."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"Remember when advice books stayed on the shelves where they belonged?"
‑ Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
"The charismatic cast (particularly Banks and Lopez) manage to find the humanity in their clichéd roles but they can't transcend all the surface-level schmaltz on display here."
‑ Cara Nash, FILMINK (Australia)
"The highs, lows, unexpected joys and totally expected pains of pregnancy get a comprehensive going over in this consistently funny, warm-hearted ensemble comedy."
‑ Jim Schembri, 3AW
"Those who don't have children would find it rather agonising, while those who do might not wish to pay a babysitter for the pleasure of seeing a film about nappies and epidurals."
‑ Jenny McCartney, Daily Telegraph
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