What to Expect When You're Expecting is a film based on a book, but instead of a novel, the source material is a non-fiction, how-to guide for expecting mothers. While this attempt to combine a romantic-comedy with a pregnancy field guide may sound good in theory, the result is a disappointment.
Similar to movies like Valentine's Day or New Year's Eve, the film's binding together several story threads with a common theme ends up being marginally enjoyable and rather shallow. Yes, the star power is undeniable (Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Elizabeth Banks, and Anna Kendrick each have their story arcs as mommies-to-be), but the film offers just that if you ask me.
The film tries its best to parlay the high emotions associated with new parenthood and the miracle of life, but there wasn't any build-up to merit any attachment toward the end.
What to Expect When You're Expecting is a film dense withs tars but very light in story. Any film with just that in its DNA will always end up forgettable.
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