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What To Expect When You’re Expecting

Directed by: Kirk Jones

Written bys: Shauna Cross (screenplay), Heather Hach (screenplay),

Starring: Cameron Diaz, Elizabeth Banks, Matthew Morrison, Jennifer Lopez, Dennis Quaid, Chris Rock, Thomas Lennon, Chase Crawford, Brooklyn Decker, Ben Falcone, Anna Kendrick, Rodrigo Santoro and J. Todd Smith

In a blatant effort to monetize the bestselling ‘baby bible,’ What to expect tells the story of five interconnected couples experiencing the thrills and surprises of having a baby.

1. I’m acutely aware that films have a target audience and that as a film reviewer I’ve (as a matter of probability) come across more films that aren’t targeted towards me than films that will. I’d like to think that I have a pretty strong constitution for sitting through films that really aren’t made for me. Twilight Breaking Dawn, Abduction, Safe all come to mind as films that are in my mind, TERRIBLE on almost every conceivable level that I’ve happily sat through and reviewed etc.

2.  Since being a Film Reviewer I have never walked out of a film, that is until the night I saw What to expect when you’re expecting.

I made it approximately 40-50mins into the 110 minute film. The comedy is lowest common denominator, hacky, patchwork lifted and recycled from repetitious observational comedians, and RomCom plot devices and cliché’s 101.

And I have a fundamental problem in 2012 that a film about getting pregnant, especially the storyline of the couple (played by Chase Crawford and Anna Kendrick) accidentally getting that way that doesn’t address the concept of Abortion. Even Knocked Up had Rogan’s obnoxious friend played by Jonah Hill say (and I’ll paraphrase) she should have a SHMSMORTION. The tipping point is how the filmmakers manipulate the situation with everyone’s favourite narrative device in movies about pregnancy: the deus ex machina[1] if you will, nature’s own little abortion – the miscarriage.


What To Expect When You’re Expecting is a moneyed marketing executive’s stupid idea cast with a cache of actors who must have needed their houses renovated or a new car. It’s hacky, clichéd, broad, backward, tripe. Abort.


Blake Howard – follow Blake on Twitter here: @blakeisbatman

What To Expect When You’re Expecting is released in Australia on the 31st of May 2012, in the U.S.A on the 18th of May 2012.

[1] A deus ex machina “god out of the machine”; is a plot device whereby a seemingly unsolvable problem is suddenly and abruptly solved with the contrived and unexpected intervention of some new event, character, ability, or object.

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