PG) What To Expect When You're Expecting
Running Time: 110 Minutes
2 stars out of 4
What To Expect When Your Expecting, is exactly what its title suggests, and nothing more. This film is based on the non fiction book of the same name, and that is the only similarity between the book and this comedy-drama adaptation. What to Expect When Your Expecting features an all star cast, many of whom have been in much better movies. This film is more of a dramedy then a pure comedy, and although it has been advertised as a comedy, and contains some funny moments/scenes, some good performances, and one or two mediocre dramatic moments, unforutuanely What to Expect When Your Expecting falls flat as a film.
The film is set in Atlanta, Georgia, and follows 5 couples and there triumphs and struggles while they are expecting a baby. The five couples expecting are TV personality Jules Baxter(Cameron Diaz) and boyfriend/dancer Evan Maxter(Matthew Morrison), pregnancy store owner Wendy Cooper(Elizabeth Banks) and her husband Gary Cooper(Ben Falcone), food store owners Rosie(Anna Kendrick) and her boyfriend Marco(Chase Crawford), photographer Holly(Jennifer Lopez) and husband, TV ad executive Alex(Rodrigo Santoro), and newlyweds Skyler(Brooklyn Decker) and Ramsey Cooper(Denis Quaid).
The movie has a great cast, and a somewhat intriguing premise, and this should have been a funny movie with some good dramatic moments, and the movie is the opposite of that. The film never finds the right tone, and cannot decide if it wants to be a comedy or drama. There are some weird dramatic moments that don't make sense, and none of the characters feel real, with the exception of Anna Kendrick' Rosie.
My main problem was that, every scene acted, and every word spoken by these actors, felt like a scene that you only see in a movie, and never happens in real life. Also, this film has too many characters and way too many story lines. In a general film there would be about 2-3 story lines, with a few subplots. In What To Expect When Your Expecting, there are 5 core story lines involving the pregnancy, birth, and adoption, but there there are subplots in the storylines.
What the film did right was teach you What To Expect When Your Expecting such as, marital problems, competition, work issues and money, adoption, miscarriage, and more. Each of these things were in a different storyline, which made for two things, limited amount of laughs, and a long film.
Also, the film did have good-great moments with the dad's group staring Chris Rock who brought mostly all the films laughs, and some of the dramatic scenes really worked.
The performances are good, nothing special and nothing new but they are good. Anna Kendrick as always is amazing, and she is one of the reasons that her storyline worked. Kendrick and Chase Crawford have good chemisrty. Chris Rock and the rest of his dads group, Brooklyn Decker, Rebel Wilson, and Elizabeth Banks brought all of the films laughs, along with good performances.
The ending brings no closure to almost any of the story lines/subplots, and was frankly very boring. I will keep it short just like the ending, but not like the movie.
Going into the film I thought I would have fun, enjoy it, and have some good laughs, but my expectations were let down. This is definitely not a cinema film, but if you rent it one night, you wont hate it.