My Thoughts On… What to Expect When You’re Expecting

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Synopsis

A look at love through the eyes of five interconnected couples experiencing the thrills and surprises of having a baby, and ultimately coming to understand the universal truth that no matter what you plan for, life doesn’t always deliver what’s expected. (via IMDb)

What I Liked

  • There’s a scene in which Dennis Quaid’s character, Ramsey, has brunch with his new wife, son and daughter-in-law. It’s genuinely the only scene in the whole film that made me laugh, even just a little bit. Ramsey and Skyler are ridiculous people, and act as though Skyler is Gary’s mother, even though she’s younger than he is. “My little boy, growing up so fast.”
  • Rebel Wilson is not someone that I’ve seen an awful lot of, though I know how awesome she is in general. She’s nothing more than a minor supporting player in this film, but she is mildly amusing as Elizabeth Banks’ slow assistant.

What I Didn’t Like

  • I have no problem with ensemble films, in general. I loved He’s Just Not That Into You, and I liked Valentine’s Day, even though it wasn’t all that good. But this isn’t good and isn’t all that watchable either. I didn’t really like any of the characters, found most of the separate storylines boring, and didn’t even appreciate the very tenuous links between the separate storylines.
  • There are five couples portrayed in this film; three are married, two aren’t, but they are all heterosexual. Would it have been such a stretch to include a lesbian or gay couple? It’s not like those couple don’t experience their own struggles when it comes to conceiving, so it might have been nice to see that.
  • The script isn’t great, and it just goes to show when the terrible line “Let’s hope she’s not pregnant!” about Cameron Diaz’s character is uttered in the opening scene, on live television. Which would totally happen.
  • The scenes with the dads in the park was obviously supposed to be the FUNNY bits. I’ve never been a particular fan of Chris Rock or his humour, so those scenes didn’t really appeal to me all that much. Also the Joe Manganiello bits? I didn’t really get them. He’s hot (apparently), and has to have his shirt off rather a lot, and all the men want to be him because he’s single and carefree. Is being a father really so awful?
  • There are a couple of scenes at an aquarium, and as such there is some hideous sea creature in the film. I honestly have no idea what it is, but I never want to have to see it again, that’s for sure.

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