A loose adaptation of Heidi Murkoff‘s best-selling pregnancy how-to, What to Expect When You’re Expecting is an intertwining ensemble tale of five very different couples who, expectedly or otherwise, find themselves expecting a baby (or, in one case, two). The star-studded cast includes Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Elizabeth Banks, Anna Kendrick, Brooklyn Decker, Chace Crawford, Ben Falcone, Matthew Morrison, Dennis Quaid, Rodrigo Santoro, Rebel Wilson, Chris Rock, Thomas Lennon, Rob Huebel, Amir Talai, Joe Manganiello, and Wendi McLendon-Covey.
What to Expect When You’re Expecting is perfect for a girls night in because it delivers everything I love in a chick flick: laughter, tears, and happy endings for all.
You’ll laugh at and with: Brooklyn Decker, a.k.a. the “magical pregnancy unicorn,” as she pregnantly struts around town in very high heels and plays step-mommy to Thomas Lennon. Rebel Wilson, in pitch perfect form as Elizabeth Banks’ hilariously wacky co-worker. (See what I did there? Dig it. #GetPitchSlapped.) The Dudes Group, a gaggle of stay-at-home dads whose strolls in the park and philosophies on parenthood will both shock and delight you.
You’ll cry with: Anna Kendrick. Can’t say more on this one without major spoilers, but trust me…and keep a box of tissues near your snacks. (P.S. You are also likely to laugh-’til-you-cry at the antics of any/all of the hilarious performances discussed above.)
As for the happy endings…well, I won’t spoil those either. I hope it will suffice to say that, as us girls know well, sometimes in life how we get from point A to point B is less meaningful than the fact that, ultimately, we made it there. And woe be to any man or woman with the audacity to remind us that, perhaps, our journey was less-than-entirely glamorous or classy.
What to Expect When You’re Expecting was directed by Kirk Jones, written by Shauna Cross and Heather Hach, and is distributed by Lionsgate.
What to Expect When You’re Expecting (PG-13, 110 min.) is now available on DVD, Blu-ray, and iTunes. Buy or rent it today.
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**UPDATED** (September 13, 2012): Having watched my new What to Expect When You’re Expecting DVD last night, I feel that my original recommendation shortchanged some members of the movie’s incredibly talented cast, and I’d like to rectify that now. Elizabeth Banks‘ flair for comedy and a full range of hormonal and less-than-entirely-sane emotions provides many laughs and some tears too. Cameron Diaz is inspiring as the woman-used-to-being-in-charge who comes to realize that asking for help is not a sign of weakness. And Jennifer Lopez hits truly genuine emotional notes in her journey to motherhood via adoption. On the other side of the gender spectrum, Ben Falcone and Dennis Quaid rock a different kind of father-son dynamic and excel in their portrayal of husbands whose commitment to their wives is beyond all doubt.
See What to Expect When You’re Expecting for the first time, or watch it again, ASAP. And while you’re at it, enjoy the Dudes Group and Pregnancy Bible featurettes too.
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