When You're Expecting
What To Expect When You're Expecting could
scare you away from having a baby for life. It is the birth control of
Much like Valentine's Day or New Year's Eve or He's
Just Not That Into You or countless many other groan inducing
movies before it, What To Expect When You're Expecting is one
of those ensemble films where the writing team as loosely as possible
tries to interweave several characters all going through very similar
circumstances. In this case, everyone is pregnant or in some way
expecting the addition of a lovely little bundle of joy to their lives.
Jules (Cameron Diaz) is a TV reality show fitness expert who ends up
falling for a TV reality show dancer, Evan (Matthew Morrison).
Holly (Jennifer Lopez) is a struggling photographer trying to adopt a
baby with her husband, Alex (Rodrigo Santoro).
Rosie (Anna Kendrick ) is a food truck chef and operator who ends up
getting pregnant by her nemesis, Marco (Chace Crawford).
And, Wendy (Elizabeth Banks) is
a writer and mommy store owner who, after years of trying, gets
pregnant with her husband, Gary (Ben Falcone), only to feel like the
whole experience is being upended by the surprise pregnancy of Gary's
Dad, Ramsey (Dennis Quaid), and his much younger second wife, Skyler
What To Expect When You're Expecting is one of
those rare movies where you can see the intersection of actors whose
careers are tracking in opposite directions as they approach a head on
collision of epic proportions. Some are on their way up, enjoying the
chance to graduate from TV to movies or move from the background into
leading roles, while other have to confront the falling and fading
career that has led them to this dreck. You have to think Diaz and
Chris Rock were sitting around the set trying to figure out what went
wrong in their careers and how they ended up here, while Falcone
bothered them for their autograph.
Sadly, everything about What To Expect When You're Expecting
feels like it was stolen from a bad TV sit-com. The struggles between
the couples are simple and contrived. The big baby delivery scenes
feature over-the-top screaming women uttering dialogue that should
never have been written since I Love Lucy went off the air.
That's why Rock sticks out so much in this movie. He's so funny I have
to think he wrote his own lines, since everything else in the movie is
tired, unoriginal, uninspiring and bland.
Meanwhile, Decker is the best thing in What To Expect When You're
Expecting. The former Sports Illustrated swimsuit model has spent
some serious time working on becoming an actor, because she was
completely unrecognizable to me (and not just because she has lost too
much weight and become too skinny). She creates the best character with
great comedic timing and a wonderful attitude. She makes the lady
extremely likable even though her character seems to have everything
going for her in an annoying way that should evoke anger and jealousy
from the audience.
With any luck, What To Expect When You're Expecting will put a
stake through the heart of this genre, but I haven't been very lucky
What To Expect When You're Expecting is rated PG-13 for crude and
sexual content, thematic elements and language.