Thursday, 25 October 2012

Movie Review: What to Expect When You’re Expecting (Guest Post)

What to Expect When You’re Expecting follows the lives of five different couples and their individual trials and tribulations that they face with both their relationships with their significant others and with being pregnant.

Elizabeth Banks plays the role of Wendy, who is the owner of a baby store and a staunch believer that everything surrounding pregnancy is a beautiful and wonderful experience. Of course, she has no real insight into this herself because she and her husband Gary (Ben Falcone) have been trying unsuccessfully to get pregnant for years. One night they decide to abandon their pregnancy plans and throw caution the wind and end up – you guessed it – pregnant. Her pregnancy experience, however, is not quite the whimsical experience that she expected, and she battles all of the road bumps that pregnancy can cause.

Cameron Diaz plays Jules, who is a reality show personal trainer much like real life trainer Jillian Michaels. She lands a role on a dancing show similar to Dancing with the Stars and ends up dating her dance partner Evan (Matthew Morrison) and they unexpectedly end up pregnant. The couple quickly learns that balancing two to-be parents with their own reality TV shows and dominant personalities isn’t as easy as they thought it would be, and they struggle to compromise over how best to raise their baby.

Jennifer Lopez stars as Holly, a struggling photographer who is desperate for a baby but unable to have one herself. Her husband Alex (Rodrigo Santoro), however, is not quite as ready as Holly is to have a baby, but goes along with her as she pushes through the adoption process to adopt a baby from around the world. To try and deal with his conflicting feelings he joins a group of guys who have formed a father support group to help each other through the highs and lows of being a dad. The group includes stars like Chris Rock and Thomas Lennon, among others, and on the outskirts of the group is Joe Manganiello, who all of the guys idolize.

Brooklyn Decker plays Skyler, who is the trophy wife of Gary’s father Ramsey (Dennis Quaid). She finds out she’s pregnant with twins at the same time that Wendy does and has a surprisingly easy pregnancy, much to the annoyance of Wendy. Ramsey and Gary have a strange relationship where they are continually competing with one another and the pregnancy becomes just one more thing that they try to best each other at.

Anna Kendrick stars as Rosie, a food truck chef, who has a short-lived fling with another food truck chef, Marco (Chase Crawford), which results in her getting pregnant. The two try to figure out if they can be a couple as she goes through her pregnancy, and face a huge test when she ends up miscarrying, leaving them unsure if they can actually be together.

The movie does a good job of showing how different each pregnancy can be for different couples, and leaves the viewer laughing and crying through each new twist and turn. While it’s definitely not a fantastic movie with a deep plotline by any stretch of the imagination, it is a decent movie with endearing characters and enough of a plotline that the viewer can become invested in each of the different relationships. If you’re looking for a movie that will give you a few good, mindless laughs, and maybe shed a few tears, then this is a good movie to see.

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