What to Expect When Youre Expecting
Theatrical Release: 5/18/2012
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter
Writer: Shauna Cross & Heather Hach
Producer: Mike Medavoy
Director: Kirk Jones
Runtime: 110 min.
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Starring: Cameron Diaz,
J. Todd Smith
Inspired by the perennial New York Times bestseller of the same name, What to Expect When You're Expecting is a hilarious and heartfelt big screen comedy about five couples whose intertwined lives are turned upside down by the challenges of impending parenthood.
Over the moon about starting a family, TV fitness guru Jules and dance show star Evan find that their high-octane celebrity lives don't stand a chance against the surprise demands of pregnancy. Baby-crazy author and advocate Wendy gets a taste of her own militant mommy advice when pregnancy hormones ravage her body; while Wendy's husband, Gary, struggles not to be outdone by his competitive alpha-Dad, who's expecting twins with his much younger trophy wife, Skyler. Photographer Holly is prepared to travel the globe to adopt a child, but her husband Alex isn't so sure, and tries to quiet his panic by attending a "dudes" support group, where new fathers get to tell it like it really is. And rival food truck chefs Rosie and Marco's surprise hook-up results in an unexpected quandary: what to do when your first child comes before your first date?
A kaleidoscopic comedy as universal as it is unpredictable, "What to Expect When You're Expecting" finds humor and uplift in the all the unexpected trials and triumphs of welcoming a child into the world. The film stars Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Elizabeth Banks, Chase Crawford, Brooklyn Decker, Ben Falcone, Anna Kendrick, Matthew Morrison, Dennis Quaid, Chris Rock, Rodrigo Santoro, Joe Manganiello, Rob Huebel, Tom Lennon, and Anin Talai. The film is directed by Kirk Jones, written by Shaunna Cross and Heather Hack and inspired by the book "What to Expect When You're Expecting" by Heidi Murkoff. Lionsgate presents in association with Alcon Entertainment, a Phoenix Pictures Production/ a Lionsgate production of a Kirk Jones film.
It's too bad this movie crosses Dove's acceptability line in a few content listings below including language and sex, as the moments when the miracle of childbirth and the delights of parenting are featured might even bring a tear or two to the eyes of the viewer. That said, this is definitely not one for family viewing.
The themes include wanting a child badly enough to adopt one; guys who form the "Dude Club" who love their kids but admit their parenting mistakes to each other, and also featured is a contrast of two mothers giving birth. One woman, carrying twins, sneezes during labor and her child is then born a second or two later! The other woman is near giving birth but must undergo a caesarean procedure to deliver her baby. There are humorous moments for sure, such as a father (Dennis Quaid) who has always been in competition with his son, and chases him down and rides next to him in a golf cart as he attempts to have a "serious" talk with him. It plays very humorously. Unfortunately, we cannot award our Dove "Family-Approved" Seal to this one.
Sex: A few couples have pre-marital sex and the woman ends up pregnant; a man lays on top of woman on a car hood; talk of sex is frequent including innuendos and an oral sex innuendo and a few "doing him" comments; suggestive dancing; kissing; a song is played which features lyrics about getting drunk and having sex.
Language: GD-1; G/OMG-22; J-1; Geez-2; For Ch*ist Sake-1; S-16; BS-6; H-8; D-1; B-3; A-1; Sucks-1; SOB-1; Crap-1; Slang for breasts-3; The word "breast" is used frequently as a woman owns a shop which focuses on breast feeding and comments like, "Have a breast day" are frequent; male genitalia is mentioned several times as is female genitalia.
Violence: A soccer ball makes a little boy stumble and the little boy takes a few spills during the movie; a golf cart crashes into the water and knocks part of a small building down; one woman goes to the hospital after bleeding and another woman has a close call with bleeding following the birth of her child; a few arguments and tensions between couples.
Drugs: Drinking in several scenes including wine and beer and a drunk person comments, "I'm wasted"; a man uses an inhaler; a "drugs" comment; a song is played about getting drunk.
Nudity: Cleavage; shirtless men; men and women in bathing suits and swim wear; an LP cover is seen hung up which features a few women's nude rears; a pregnant woman's stomach is seen.
Other: A couple of scenes of pregnant women vomiting; belching and flatulence; a few pregnant women urinate on themselves; a man flips a character his middle finger; a young man is seen coming out of the woods holding up a dead cat.