Sunday, May 20, 2012


There are bad movies and there are bad movies. What to Expect When You're Expecting personifies the latter of this incensing ordeal. 

The film purports real characters and situations based on the nonfictional, definitive, go to book for pregnancy. I'm sure the author, Heidi Murkoff, did not have this future film adaptation in mind. All the characters seem to embody pseudo flaws. They are all attractive and charming, of course, with near perfect bodies and skin etc etc. Many of them encounter problems that seem to dwell within reality but somehow one can easily see that this is not true by way of the hopeful and happy outcomes. I love a good romance or comedy, I love a good story for that matter and generally can accept the unreal. But when a film tries to empathize with millions of couples who are 'pregnant' you better do a little more research for verisimilitude's sake.

The movie is crafted and stitched together through a series of vignettes that really could have been far more effective if they would have changed up the banal stories a bit and gave the characters less comedy and more veracity. I would recommend reading the book instead and using the film as source for what Hollywood expects of those expecting which is  apparently ethereal pooh.

Recommended Viewing: Three Men And A Baby - Rosemary's Baby - Knocked Up

              Bob Scale: Objective: 3.8   -   Subjective: 3.5
             MetaCritic: 43
 Rotten Tomatoes: 22
                      IMDB: 5.1

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