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St. Petersburg Times
What to Expect When You're Expecting is what you expect from a movie about pregnancy, even if you've seen only one before: morning sickness, weight gain, mood swings, self-doubt, water breaking, the climactic race to the maternity ward.
"What to Expect When You're Expecting" is a "Valentine's Day" take on impending parenthood. Assorted couples cope with pregnancies planned and unplanned, adoption, and the epic change that is coming to their lives.
New York Post
The best seller “What To Expect When You’re Expecting” has been around for 28 years, making the book much newer than most of the jokes in this all-star movie.
"What to Expect When You Are Expecting" is loosely based on the popular pregnancy guide by Heidi Murkoff. That means the film and book share a title and there are some pregnant women in both. Any other similarities are purely coincidental.
Mark Reviews Movies
What to Expect When You're Expecting follows fives women who are, as you may have guessed, expecting a baby. Four of them are pregnant; one is adopting. Three of them are married; two are not.
This ensemble piece about wanting, growing, and finally producing babies follows in the familial footsteps of Valentine's Day and New Year's Eve in that everyone in the film is connected to everyone else and everyone learns a valuable lesson by the end.
Modern ensemble comedies have seen plenty of success in recent years with edgier offerings like Bridesmaids, Horrible Bosses, and the recent Think Like a Man, presenting plenty of fresh laughs as well as contemporary social satire. Whereas other films...
Imagine a relatable, perceptive movie that honestly confronts the unforeseen challenges and unrecognized wonders of pregnancy. You know, what to expect when you're expecting.
What to Expect When You're Expecting will no doubt seem predictable to many people. Relationships? Babies? Case closed: a chickflick through and through. Gentlemen, disband at your leisure … oh you already have done.
Sacramento News & Review
Six different couples cope with impending parenthood—five through pregnancy and one by adoption—in different ways. Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel’s self-help bestseller serves as the pretext for an all-star rom-com along the lines of Valentine’s Day or...
What to expect from What to Expect When You're Expecting: laughs, heart and a terrific ensemble of actors doing what they do best. After the recent surprise success of Steve Harvey's self-help-book-turned-movie, Think Like A Man...
Remember when advice books stayed on the shelves where they belonged? Me neither. The latest in what seems to be a trend to bring them to the screen, What to Expect When You’re Expecting used to be a popular guide for expectant mothers.
Like parenthood itself, it all starts out promisingly enough. Cameron Diaz learns she's pregnant on a Dancing With The Stars-like show by shocking herself with spontaneously vomit into a glass victory cup. In another scene Elizabeth Banks announces her...
Since it was first published in 1984, Heidi Murkoff’s “What to Expect When You’re Expecting,” the go-to pregnancy guide with the colorful, quilt-patterned cover, has landed in the hands of an endless stream of expectant moms and dads.
The A.V. Club
With more than 14 million copies in circulation, What To Expect When You’re Expecting has become the standard self-help text, helping (and terrifying) legions of first-time mothers with tips on the various stages of pregnancy, those early months of...
Reel Film Reviews
Directed by Kirk Jones, What to Expect When You're Expecting follows several characters through the ups and downs of impending parenthood - with the film detailing the exploits of, among others, an exercise guru (Cameron Diaz's Jules), a baby-crazy...
What to Expect When You're Expecting is the latest comedy (after Think Like a Man) to be based on a self-help best-seller. What's next, Jennifer Aniston and Ashton Kutcher in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People? Adapted from Heidi Murkoff's...
Shadows on the Wall
The odd moment of honest drama or genuinely witty humour catches us completely off guard, because this is one of those resolutely bland Hollywood star machines that bears no resemblance to the real world at all.
Loosely inspired by Heidi Murkoff’s best-selling pregnancy manual of the same title, What to Expect When You are Expecting centers around five couples, each having their own problem revolving around pregnancy.
Time Out London
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...
Here's one for the internet generation with attention spans so short we need a new storyline every two minutes. What to Expect When You're Expecting rockets through every babymaking scenario of the best-selling pregnancy guidebook that 'inspired' the...
Taking a self-help book and conveying its salient points through a cast of interweaving characters worked pretty well for the 2009 romcom He’s Just Not That Into You.
If only What to Expect When You're Expecting had focused on the dads' group, and didn't just drop in on them a handful of times, we might have been onto something here.
ABC Radio (Australia)
"Based" on a popular pregnancy manual, What to Expect When You're Expecting is another ensemble comedy in the vein of Valentine's Day and New Year's Eve, where many big stars share multiple storylines in the same film, but not necessarily all get to...
BASING a film on a self-help book sounds like a strange idea, but it worked quite well for the 2009 romcom He’s Just Not That Into You.And What To Expect When You’re Expecting has been a huge hit, especially in America where USA Today declared it one...