What to Expect When You’re Expecting is inspired by the book of the same name, a self help guide on pregnancy which has been referred to as America’s Pregnancy Bible. According to one of my good friends, the book was a survival guide to many women during their pregnancy and, according to the info given on the books website; it has been read by 90% of the women who’ve read a book about being pregnant. The movie version stars an all star cast including Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez and Chris Rock. In the movie we follow five couples who are inter-connected for different reasons. All of them are facing parenthood for the first time.
The first time parents include a fitness guru (Diaz), a baby author expert, Wendy (Elizabeth Banks) and a couple who are traveling to Africa to adopt an Ethiopian baby (J. Lo & Rodrigo Santoro). The big yucks in What to Expect When You’re Expecting come from the male support group for the fathers who already have kids in tow and from the competitive father and son tandem who are both expecting babies at the same time. Dennis Quad, the race-car driver father, is having twins with his trophy wife and his son, a contestant on a weight loss reality show, is having his first child at the same time his dad is having his second child (about 30 years later).
The movie is a fast paced 110 minutes that is both silly and sensitive. Women who’ve read the book will want to see it the men who love them will be dragged along. The good news is the men won’t mind it a bit. While it does have a softer side that will appeal to the ladies, the movie is just plain funny to everyone.
What to Expect When You’re Expecting is rated PG-13 for some sexuality and crude humor. It’s a funny and sweet movie that the men reading this don’t have to fear. I’m also predicting a huge audience of pregnant women at this movie. Overall, “What to Expect… is an enjoyable but not overly memorable movie go out and see it this weekend.