An all-star cast afflicted with baby fever gives What to Expect When You're Expecting
a lot of heart and more than a few laughs. This is a fictionalized account of the best-selling advice book, interweaving several couples' storylines as they deal with pregnancy, fertility issues, adoption, and more. Standouts include Cameron Diaz as a high-powered celebrity fitness trainer and Matthew Morrison of Glee
as her TV dance partner; Jennifer Lopez, a successful photographer yearning for a child; and Elizabeth Banks (30 Rock
), hilarious as a sanctimonious motherhood champion who has to confront some of her own preachiness when she suddenly becomes pregnant herself. And the guys are funny, too--especially Chris Rock, a member of the "dudes' group" who bond with their tots and each other every Saturday in the park, and Dennis Quaid, a blowhard expecting twins with his new trophy wife (Brooklyn Decker, a very talented comedian). There's not much of a plot in What to Expect When You're Expecting
; it's more like a series of well-directed (by Kirk Jones) snapshots or webisodes--but the strong cast and light touch give the movie its appeal. It helps if you are in or have been in baby-fever mode to truly appreciate What to Expect
; it also helps if you enjoy frequent barf jokes and a ton of product placements for Delta Air Lines. Overall, though, What to Expect When You're Expecting
is a cheery send-up and embrace of the miracle--and terror--of pregnancy. Pass the pickles and ice cream. --A.T. Hurley
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 (Pete Hammond, Box Office 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.