667. What to Expect When You’re Expecting

667-what-to-expect-when-youre-expectingBackground info

Title: What to Expect When You’re Expecting
Director: Kirk Jones
Year: 2012
Run time: 1hr 50m

“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.”

Live blog

1:39 – “And her partner…” The guy from Glee.
4:06 – Why would Cheryl be judging a dance contest though?
6:31 – I love Rebel Wilson so much.
10:03 – “Is this West Side Story? Are we going to rumble at midnight?”
16:20 – See that’s the thing about tattoos, how do you know if you’ll get sick of it?
18:19 – “Can I go on my fifteen minute Facebook break?”
23:19 – Mini Cooper!
26:30 – “Then you will love the wall.” I love the wall!
30:15 – Don’t talk about what we walk about! Ace rule.
32:41 – Mmm, I can’t wait until I can afford a non-kid-friendly two-seater.
42:22 – Seems like all Megan does is play sex-mad characters!
51:37 – “She’s like a magical pregnancy unicorn.”
58:10 – What is up with Craig being pronounced Creg?
1:03:10 – You can’t break the rules and then think you can still participate in the group.
1:09:51 – Nooo, not Margaritaville!
1:20:13 – Argh, what was social embarrassment before YouTube?
1:26:25 – How much do I hate that perfect step-mum woman?
1:39:17 – Love the Africa adoption storyline.
1:42:51 – Jordan’s constant accidents are one of the best bits of the film.

Conclusions

After watching and surviving Knocked Up, we figured we could take two for the team and watch this one as well. Lots of pregnant people and babies and blah blah blah, but thankfully this one was funny and was stacked full of famous people – like the holiday movies.

I struggled with sympathy for some of the storylines, because you know, I couldn’t care less about carrying on my genetic lines, but considering my cynicism the film actually did a good job. There was an interesting mix of successful and unsuccessful parenting units, and although there was some drama along the way, for the most part, it was all happy endings.

Not something I’d particularly recommend or seek out on any other occasion, but it was a fun watch that took away the bad taste of our previous film.

Rating: 3/5.

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