Last week I was invited to a screening of What To Expect When You're Expecting. I'll start out by telling you that I really didn't know what to expect. This film is based on the bible, of the same name, of almost every pregnant women. Truthfully, I didn't think it really lent itself to a screen play. But wouldn't you know it I was wrong.
Of course the film doesn't actually follow the book. There is no second act about the thinning of your cervix, or darkening of your nipples, at least not directly. The movie is about 5 couple and their journeys to parenthood. Personally I love these huge ensemble casts. Everyone is very funny and for me it never crossed the line into the ridiculous (or at least not ridiculously so).
I really enjoyed the large part of the film that focused on a group of dad's who walk as a group every weekend. It made me pity the poor husbands, just a little, don't tell any of the other mothers I said that. Anyway they were hysterical led by the incomparable Chris Rock.
The moms were great too. Jennifer Lopez was of course gorgeous. I loved watching the know it all expectant mother learn that it wasn't a pleasure cruise being pregnant. I always think this is the first parenting lesson. You never know what is going to happen so be prepared. Some what less fun to watch the mom who is completely unfazed by her pregnancy.
I feel like there were lots of conception scenarios, if not every possible one. It would have been great to have a same sex couple, in there somewhere, but maybe in the sequel. Over all I would recommend this to pregnant ladies, and people with families. It's very fun with only brief moments of seriousness.
Opens this Friday 18th!!!