Yet another film consisting of several story threads around a theme, featuring a selection of Hollywood A-listers (and quite a few B-listers), all connected in some obscure way. Sadly, this film is closer to the New Year’s Eve end of the scale rather than Love Actually.
What To Expect When You’re Expecting follows several different couples all dealing with pregnancy, adoption and the trials that come with it – famous fitness guru Jules (Cameron Diaz); determined shop owner Wendy (Elizabeth Banks); young chef Rosie (Anna Kendrick); retired Nascar driver Ramsey (Dennis Quaid); photographer Holly (Jennifer Lopez) and a mish-mash of comic relief characters.
What to Expect is, as you would expect, pitched as a comedy with heart – but unfortunately it’s a shallow collection of clichés and only mildly funny and clever. The plot situations are mostly too contrived to be touching and several of the stories aren’t properly explored or explained, which would be frustrating if I actually cared about any of the characters. Also, the women are portrayed as a bit too baby-crazy for my liking, dragging hapless men around by the balls.
Sadly, while this could have been a sweet and moving affair, What to Expect falls short. It is entertaining enough, but personally I think Knocked Up had more genuine humour and heart. And that’s saying something, as that film had people fake humping each other’s heads.