It’s always a little weird to see a movie “based” on a self–help book. The ubiquitous What to Expect When You’re Expecting, the pregnancy Bible used by countless parents–to–be, has been given a cinematic treatment in this movie starring (among many others) Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Lopez. In this comedy, several couples anticipate the arrival of their children, intentionally, unplanned and through adoption.
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Understandably, ClearPlay trims some scenes of conception and innuendo, but the biggest workout comes from frank talk about body changes and nearly 100 instances of language, particularly from the crude–talking dads’ support group. Overall, the message is a life–affirming one of the importance and strength of family, but parents may want to preview it before sharing it with their kids.
Should What to Expect give me great expectations?…
The presence of a likable cast, which also includes Elizabeth Banks, Dennis Quaid, Matthew Morrison, and Chris Rock, doesn’t guarantee a pleasurable viewing experience. The script makes a conscientious effort to include as many universal pregnancy circumstances as possible, which is why the story often devolves to cliché and shtick. Some audiences may enjoy it for that “familiar” feeling, but more often the jokes feel like stale delivery.
Marty Nabhan— ClearPlay OB/GYN
Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content, thematic elements and language; 110 min; Directed By Kirk Jones