On Facebook last night, I discovered a picture that was relentlessly amusing. It read 'replace one word in a movie…
What to Expect When You're Expecting
I'm calling bull$#!%. Pregnancy sucks.
A look at love through the eyes of five interconnected couples experiencing the thrills and surprises of having a baby, and ultimately coming to understand the universal truth that no matter what you plan for, life doesn't always deliver what's expected.
This took all my years of film training not to turn it off within the opening ten minutes and it never improved. In fact if I was a woman I’d be offended that this is the sort of shit Hollywood tries to shove in my face in the name of entertainment. It’s a horrible excuse for a film in every conceivable way from its excruciatingly unfunny attempts at humour to its ultra-conservative message (notice which couple suffer from a miscarriage - no doubt punishment for getting pregnant from a one night stand).
The five interconnected stories about the trials and tribulations of pregnancy are predominantly played for laughs and follow the same template - the woman is confident about wanting…
Perfectly captures the pain and agony of childbirth.
Well, I'm calling it: pregnancy sucks.
A dramedy based on an honest to God pregnancy guide, not a novel, but an actual guide for pregnancy. What could possibly go wrong? You would think it would be hard to get an actual story out of a "pregnancy guide" and after watching this film I would guess that assumption to be right. Lionsgate's President of Motion Picture Productions, Alli Shearmur, said this had potential to be a franchise. This is what's wrong with fucking Hollywood.
There is nothing to analyze. The film features five couples who are expecting kids... and that is IT. Apparently whenever screenwriter Heather Hach would have a hard time thinking of anything remotely resembling a plot, she…
What to expect when you're expecting. Expect the worst. I could have done with some gas and air myself to get through it.
I'm gong to pay dearly for forcing my husband to watch this.
The film itself is birth control.
At one point a character - Thomas Lennon I believe - tells an expecting father that "this is where happiness goes to die." He could be talking about 1 of 2 things - the sacrifices that one has to make becoming a father, or this movie. I'd like to think it's a bit of both, but more emphasis on the movie which is classified as a comedy, but is not remotely funny.
It did make me think a couple of things. 1) I am happy I cannot get pregnant - kudos to you ladies because it looks rough. and 2) my iron-clad life-long pledge of never getting anyone else pregnant has and always will be a good life choice. Yes, this movie is that bad.
Not half bad! Really enjoyed Rebel Wilson in this, was quite nice to sit and switch off for a while to this, harmless and cute mostly, tried to approach some
difficult subjects so kudos for that. Would have preferred Cameron Diaz to not suck as much ass though. I'll probably end up watching this again if I got pregnant just to see if any of that stuff actually is true.
For a mainstream Hollywood film adapted from a non-fiction advice book, starring a cast of about 99% white people, 100% heterosexual, cisgender, able-bodied, neurotypical people, this isn't half as bad as you would think it might be. But it's not good either.
It's mostly cute and harmless (aside from a bad performance by Jennifer Lopez). However, in spite of some nice intentions, the film does very little to make the most of its title and premise, instead falling back onto rom com clichés.
I decided to pick at random a film to watch as a "snug bedtime film". Big mistake but hey-ho. Here goes.
"Well you're not getting any tonight".
Ha. Ha. HA.
Apologies for my biased review, but how this even classes as a piece of "cinema" boggles me. Of course, it's a lighthearted comedy dealing with the build up to pregnancy, the process itself and then the grand finale so understandably, it is clear the intentions of Kirk Jones is to provide a fluffy Sunday afternoon film - much like Nanny McPhee (however that was much more enjoyable) - but instead achieves nothing. Nada. Which is a shame because I was fooled by some of the actors in it, thinking it…
Everything except Anna Kendrik was awful about this movie, and she barely got any screen time... I mean, I was pregnant when I saw it so I still liked it
Actually pretty fun. It's a bit slow and some stories work better than others, but the plots that work really work. Everything with Chris Rock and the gang of fathers is funny and I enjoyed the Elizabeth Banks story quite a bit. The comedy aspect works, but the drama seems a bit heavy-handed and forced. It's not a great movie, but it has some really strong scenes.
Trust me, I'm just as surprised as you are that I enjoyed my way through this film. Nothing groundbreaking going on here, but it's a charming cast and there are some tame laughs to be had. Worth a stream if you don't feel like thinking for a night.
Someone told me to watch this. If I remembered who, I would doff my glove to slap them in the face.
1 star for the abundance of attractive people in attractive locations.
1 star for at least attempting to show a diversity of situations, circumstances, and people.
- Inglourious Basterds
- Hobo with a Shotgun
- Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief
- American Reunion
- Searching for Sugar Man
- The Imposter
- Too Big to Fail
- The Girl
All re-watches are excluded.
- Project X
- Act of Valor
- Piranha 3DD
- Wrong Turn 5: Bloodlines
- The Devil Inside
The worst films I've seen that were released in 2012 in ranking order. All are 1 1/2 stars or lower.