RELEASE DATE: 31/05/2012
RUN TIME: 1HR 50MIN
If you’re familiar with the above mentioned celebrity-riddled tales, then it will come as no surprise that ‘What To Expect...’ is no exception. Too many actors, too much to say, not enough time to say it. While the film hits all the key points - too young, too old, trying for too long, adoption, miscarriage, ‘Opps, we’re pregnant’ and everything in between - it all lacks sincerity and depth, and unfortunately the blame isn’t simply in the hands of the film’s time constraints but its lacklustre script.
For a movie about pregnancy, this one oddly belongs to the men. Husbands/fathers-to-be and a group aptly named “The Dudes” rule the gags in this comedy - the only female exception going to Elizabeth Banks, the “expert” on her first pregnancy suffering all an up-the-duff woman can suffer, including competitiveness, embarrassing gas, a severe lack of “pregnancy glow” and one very public breakdown that becomes a YouTube sensation.
There are some giggles to be had, I’m sure mostly for the "been there, done that" crowd. But for those who are really expecting, this is one test you won’t pass by skipping the book and simply watching the movie instead.