This week I attended a screening of What to Expect When Expecting which opens in theaters today. Each of my children are 4.5 years apart with me having my first as a teenager. My youngest is about to turn six next month therefore last year was the first year I broke my 4.5 year cycle. To say I’ve experience baby fever over the past two years is an understatement. I’m blessed with my three children and upon giving birth to my son six years ago I truly believed I was done. The options of becoming a foster mom one day or adopting have weighed heavy on my mind lately. Watching this movie pulled on that heart string.
Inspired by the perennial New York Times bestseller of the same name and the first book in a series that has sold over 32 million copies worldwide, 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?
Release Date: In Theaters May 18, 2012
Runtime: 110 mins
I would have to say that Jennifer Lopez plays my favorite role in the movie. Her character is unable to bear children therefore her and her husband decide to adopt. The plot plays out their fears of becoming a parent, the fear of knowing if they are ready and the struggles that come with it including financial.
The story shared of characters played by Anna Kendrick and Chance Crawford hit home with me since they were both young, not married and confused. Their story was the most emotional to watch.
Character Wendy, played by Elizabeth Banks, is a self-obsessed pregnancy expert. Although she has never had a child of her own she is a pregnancy and early childhood store owner and author of a children’s book on breastfeeding. Wendy has made it her life mission to read all books, do all research and know all when it comes to having a child. Her and her husband, Gary played by Ben Falcone, have struggled with becoming pregnant therefore are over joyed when the day comes. It’s hysterical to see Wendy experience pregnancy first hand and realize not everything is like what you hear, or read. She forever awaits the glow she believes all pregnant women gain and suffers from every negative side effect of pregnancy there is such as heart burn, passing gas and just being miserable.
The movie shows five couples with all very unique experiences in life and relationships. What to Expect When Expecting gives a look into the lives of both women and men with their individual points of view. The drama and comical twist keeps you engage throughout. The movie was touching and hilarious at the same time. I truly enjoyed the realistic display into pregnancy and child bearing.
I heard a radio interview this morning about the movie and one comment they made was that some of the directions of the story were already played out in other movies. Such as Gary’s father marries a much younger woman whom becomes pregnant at the same time as Gary’s wife. This is similar to the Father of the Bride movie where the parents suddenly find out they are expecting at the same time as their daughter with her husband. My response to that comment is, although that may be true the stories are very different. There were several parts of the movie that I expected a scene to play out exactly as it did with not a lot of guess work. However with that being said I would still recommend seeing this movie and wouldn’t mind watching it again myself.
Full Disclosure: I was given the opportunity to see this movie at a screener. All opinions are 100% mine.