|Reviewed on 2012-05-18|
|Received|| out of 4 stars|
| Any mother who is expecting has heard of the book “What to Expect When You're Expecting”, but now it is being brought to life on the big screen with some humor and joy. Following the lives of several expecting mothers and showing how each woman carries differently emotionally and physically. Jules (Cameron Diaz) is a fitness guru from Hollywood with her own TV show. Her pregnancy is a surprise and she finds it hard to accept letting go of her controlling nature and allowing the father Evan (Matthew Morrison) to have some input.
Holly (Jennifer Lopez) has been faced with the battle of infertility and after multiple failed attempts looks to adopt. Her significant other Alex (Rodrigo Santoro) has a hard time preparing for the life changing moment and looks to join a daddy group to get better input on what to expect once their child arrives. Vic (Chris Rock) seems to be the leader of the group and tries to prepare him for the daily battles.
Wendy (Elizabeth Banks) is struggling with the horrible side effects that come from your hormonal imbalance. Physically she is drained and suffering from every symptom imaginable and mentally she has her break and admits that pregnancy just sucks, but in the end it is all worth it. On the other aspect you have Skyler (Brooklyn Decker) who is the picture perfect pregnant woman. Barely showing with her perfectly rounded belly still wearing her four inch stilettos. She is what every woman strives to feel and look like when pregnant, however she is one of the lucky ones.
Finally there is the story of Rosie (Anna Kendrick) who pops up pregnant after a one night stand and struggles with the decision of what to do next. Each woman's story is unique and heartfelt. I myself the mother of a two year old and someone who is expecting her second child this Summer enjoyed this film very much. Some of the maternal hormones were over-exaggerated in my case, but maybe some mom's out there can relate. I loved how they covered every aspect of pregnancy from miscarriage, infertility and adoption. It was nice to see it showcased how every mother is expecting at one point or another no matter how your baby arrives.
Performances by the cast were wonderful. There was great chemistry and I felt an emotional connection to these pregnant mamas. Standout star would be Elizabeth Banks and her struggle with the hormonal imbalance and trying to maintain some type of sanity while going through the many changes of creating life. Overall “What To Expect When You're Expecting” is a terrific film for both men and women and any expectant parent needs to go out and see this and prepare for the road of surprises you will have ahead of you over the next nine months!