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What to Expect When You're Expecting

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Kirk Jones

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About the Movie

Inspired by the perennial bestseller, WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING is a hilarious and heartfelt comedy about five couples whose intertwined lives are turned upside down by the challenges of impending parenthood. The movie features “lots of laughs, heart and a terrific ensemble of actors at their best” (Peter Hammond, Boxoffice Magazine) and is “a must see!” (Gayle King, O Magazine). The film stars Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Elizabeth Banks, Chace Crawford, Brooklyn Decker, Anna Kendrick, Matthew Morrison, Dennis Quaid, Chris Rock, Rodrigo Santoro, Ben Falcone and Joe Manganiello.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 132
  • Fresh: 29
  • Rotten: 103
  • Average Rating: 4.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Technically the genre isn't beneath contempt. But this movie is. – J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader, May 24, 2012

Rotten: "What to Expect" rolls out this shocking revelation: Having kids is a messy and complicated process. – Tom Long, Detroit News, May 18, 2012

Rotten: Director Kirk Jones and screenwriters Shauna Cross and Heather Hach consistently fall back on corny music and slow-motion to try to get laughs. Very little of this movie feels risky, or even frisky. – Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger, May 18, 2012

Rotten: Patently contrived to deliver the safer side of pregnancy-related humor over the course of five tidily intersecting plot lines. – William Goss,, May 18, 2012

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Customer Reviews


I only saw "What to Expect When You're Expecting" because I was stuck on a four-hour long flight and this happened to be the only movie that was playing for free. And yes, like most of the critics have already been "gracious" enough to point out, it is pretty bland and forgettable. But that doesn't mean it's downright awful. Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, and Elizabeth Banks do the best with the material they're given, and their characters are pretty relatable for the most part. Plus, some of the pregnancy-themed humor can be surprisingly witty at times. But even with all its charms, the film still suffers under the weight of its disjointed narrative setup and derivative rom-com clichés. The director treats the whole production like a cheaply made sitcom, never bothering to expand any of the characters beyond mere representative stereotypes. It doesn't help that the comedy and drama end up clashing together in an awkward and unpleasant way. Then again, maybe I really shouldn't be over-analyzing a movie based on a popular guide book for expectant mothers. To turn something like that into an epic cinematic masterpiece would be like having to turn a work of Edgar Allen Poe into a kid-friendly comedy. Basically what I'm saying is that it is what it is. "What to Expect When You're Expecting" is far from memorable, but if you're looking for some lighthearted, albeit predictable entertainment with a charming ensemble cast, it's a decent pick overall.


This is a really funny movie and you should definetly see it


I thought it was HILARIOUS!! I loved this movie!! It's one of my favorites!!!!:)

What to Expect When You're Expecting
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  • $4.99
  • Genre: Romance
  • Released: 2012

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