Rental Movies: What to Expect When You’re Expecting (2012)

This is a difficult movie to judge by the trailer. Is it a romantic comedy? Is it a guy’s movie? There is a reason it’s marketed like that, and it’s because people are still under the belief that chick movies don’t sell despite the countless times they’ve been proved wrong. What doesn’t sell is maybe the fact you’re trying to trick people into seeing a movie by muddling the intended audience. While men might enjoy this I don’t see as many guys liking this one. Mixed with a horrible timing to release it, and the mixed signals to the audience it’s probably why it failed to find success.

Five expecting couples weave through the love of their partner, and the hopes of having a baby at the same time. Jules is a dancer who becomes pregnant at sort of an inconvinent time in her career. Holly is wanting to adopt a baby from Africa, but finds her husband may not be as excited about that option as she had hoped. Wendy has finally become pregnant after trying for a couple of years, and struggling to conceive. Skyler is a young woman who becomes pregnant after a one-night stand. There is also Skyler who is the step-mom of Wendy’s husband, and she is also expecting a child. All these women experience the trials and joys of carrying a trial in almost every imaginable way.

Don’t let the poster of the movie deceive you, nor the movie trailer. The funniest part of the movie is Chris Rock’s character, Vic’s child, and he only makes a couple of appearances. You would have wished it would have just been about Vic’s family though as it was way more comical. The men featured on the poster we don’t even really get to know. They are just these guys who walk their kids around a park, and have discussions with some of the fathers of the main mothers trying to help them accept their impending fatherhood.

There are a few comedic highlights from some of the actresses that seem to be on a roll lately. Jules (Elizabeth Banks) seems to portray pregnancy in the fashion that most everyday women experience it. It isn’t the most delicate of times for her, and though she still desires her child as much as ever. There are other routes that honestly while happen, many people just can’t afford, like the adoption arena. The story is beautiful, and it does realistically portray how a man might respond to the idea of adopting a child that isn’t biologically have. For some reason Jennifer Lopez is a difficult sell in a movie though. She always seems like the same character. While women may have more of a natural instinct to mothers to children that aren’t biologically theirs it seems that more men might struggle with extending the feelings of being a father to children that aren’t.  The other interesting story is about Rosie (Anna Kendrick). Her story really deals with the darkest subject matter in the whole movie, and one that comes most difficult to watch. The trauma that happens to Rosie is handled way to lightly though, and wrapped in a very fluffy romantic story, which is disappointing. No amount of a man’s want could make her forget what happened.

You also can’t mention the other actors without noticing Cameron Diaz is in it also. For some reason she always comes off way over the top now when acting. She has some funny moments, but her character doesn’t seem real.  Along with these women you have a cast of men who are almost forgettable. Ben Falcone as Gary was one of the more memorable ones, and he straddles the line well of a guy who is in an awkward situation with the fact his dad is expecting a child around the same time as him, and he is having a child of his own.

For expecting women this movie does cover a broad topic of things about pregnancy, which is nice. It doesn’t really hide anything. Because it is a day long movie you can’t expect it to cover every single thing in the world that could happen, but it provides a good layout. On one hand it is a romantic comedy, and the other it’s just a movie about people trying to start their own families. What to Expect When You’re Expecting has a tad more potential that it was given as far as story since it wrapped itself up in the safeness of fluff.

Rating 3 of 5.

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