What to Expect when you’re Expecting review

Director:
Kirk Jones
Cast:
Cameron Diaz
Jennifer Lopez
Elizabeth Banks
Chance Crawford
Brooklyn Decker
Ben Falcone
Anna Kendrick
Matthew Morrison
Rated: PG-13

I’m usually against the “Hollywood has run out of ideas argument,” knowing how many original independent films are out there, but then there is a weekend with one movie based on a board game and one based on a self help book.

“What to Expect When You’re Expecting” is an ensemble cast romcom in the vein of films like “New Year’s Eve,” however this deals with the issues of pregnancy. The film features many different and familiar faces including Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Lopez. Each couple in the movie faces their own issues and insecurities about pregnancy and throughout the film their stories cross paths with each others.

The film has so many sub plots with different couples and for the most part, none of them are really that interesting. What’s worse is that it seems like not all of them even go anywhere, for example there is a couple who have a sudden pregnancy, and yet their story doesn’t hold much weight.

The rest of the couples are fairly bland, too, many of them being archetypes that overuse generic jokes and get into these less than  believable situations for comedy. All these stories could have maybe been used well if they were movies on their own and gotten more fleshed out, for example the subplot about the characters Ben Falcone, Elizabeth Banks and Dennis Quad could have possibly been good on its own but it’s just wasted here.

It’s mainly that the characters are just really uninteresting and don’t have much depth, what’s worse is the comedic aspect isn’t very strong what so ever.

“What to Expect When You’re Expecting” just feels like cash in, as it comes off at being slapped together. There are some laughs here and there but I never felt really attached to any single character here. To be honest “Knocked Up” is a better pregnancy film. This one just doesn’t have the substance for it’s run time 1 out of 5.

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Author: Matthew Liedke

My name is Matthew Liedke. I'm a reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer in Minnesota, but I also have a passion for the art of film. This passion led me to start writing about film in 2008. From 2008-2016 I wrote pieces at my own website, After the Movie Reviews. Then, from 2016-May 2018, my write-ups were featured on AreaVoices, a blog network run by Forum Communications Company. Today, I now write film reviews and other pieces here on Word Press. More about me: I'm a 2012 graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead where I studied journalism and film. Outside of film, I enjoy sports, video games, anime and craft beers.

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