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What to Expect When You're Expecting

  • Film
  • 1 out of 5 stars
Elizabeth Banks, left, and Brooklyn Decker in What to Expect When You're Expecting
Elizabeth Banks, left, and Brooklyn Decker in What to Expect When You're Expecting
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Time Out says

1 out of 5 stars
Birth control doesn’t come much more surreptitiously effective than this harrowing riff on Heidi Murkoff’s bestselling pregnancy guide -- the latest in Hollywood’s recent line of ghastly ensemble romcoms in which a handful of truncated, tenuously linked storylines allow for maximum star wattage and minimum screenwriting effort. (See ‘New Year’s Eve’ and ‘Valentine’s Day’ - or better yet, don’t.) Jennifer Lopez, Cameron Diaz and Elizabeth Banks are among the A-listers awaiting the pitter-patter of tiny feet in a film that aims to elicit smiles of recognition from women who have been through it all before. But unless you’ve engineered a meet-cute out of a miscarriage, or think that calling an uncoordinated toddler a ‘spaz’ is a real comedic zinger, chances are you won’t identify much with these shrill, self-absorbed parents-to-be. Lopez brings some conviction to her stock role as an infertile would-be mum; Cheryl Cole rather less to her cameo as a TV talent-show judge. Bringing a child into the world is no laughing matter, and all involved seem to have done their level best to make things as mirthless as possible.
Written by Guy Lodge

Release Details

  • Rated:12A
  • Release date:Friday 25 May 2012
  • Duration:110 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Kirk Jones
  • Screenwriter:Heather Hach, Shauna Cross
  • Cast:
    • Cameron Diaz
    • Elizabeth Banks
    • Anna Kendrick
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