What should you expect when you're expecting? Golf cart races, of course. At least, that's what I took away from this movie.
What To Expect When You're Expecting is a movie based on a pregnancy guide. Yes, we're doing that now. As such it offers no actual help for those who are pregnant, and instead trots out an ensemble cast of Hollywood stars, whose characters are uniformly uninteresting, but who all have glamorous jobs and lifestyles. They cover the full spectrum of pregnancy though, from obsessive wannabe mum to fresh faced youngsters who just don't feel ready yet. But most of the movie doesn't cover the actual symptoms and effects of pregnancy, it's just another excuse to parade all the parents' relationships in front of the camera for comedic(?) effect.
So we have the aforementioned golf cart race, we have the group of dads who meet at the park wielding buggies and carriers. Sure, there's some truthful tidbits in the mix, but on the whole it's just too Hollywood. Too safe. You know what I wanted to be told to expect when we were expecting? The placenta. In all these movies you see the baby coming out after often minimal effort from the mother, they have a little cuddle and that's that. Except wait, it's not, because there's still a massive blue organ waiting to slither out. I wasn't expecting that. Thanks, Hollywood.
My rating: 1/5