Mama OWL Blog: What To Expect When You're Expecting [Movie Review]

What To Expect When You're Expecting [Movie Review]

Thursday, 31 May 2012



My sister and I bought some Groupon Odeon tickets when they were on offer recently, and then were delighted to discover that 'What To Expect When You're Expecting' had been released and we were able to use our tickets for a screening.

We decided to go last night to a late evening showing (forgetting it was Orange Wednesday and therefore packed to the rafters) after the kids were all tucked up in bed, and arrived at the Bath Odeon for 8pm for the 8.30 screening.

Settling in with our snacks & drinks, we sat through some trailers of upcoming movies (some look fab, such as 'Friends with Kids', 'Snow White & The Huntsman' and 'Magic Mike'... admittedly Magic Mike is appealing almost solely because Channing Tatum is going to spend most of it with his shirt off by the looks of things) and decided we would make it a regular thing to come out and have a girlie movie night without the husbands or children in tow.

'What To Expect When You're Expecting' (2012), or WTEWYE as I am going to refer to it from here on in to save time, is [from imdb.com] "A look at love through the eyes of five interconnected couples experiencing the thrills and surprises of having a baby, and ultimately coming to understand the universal truth that no matter what you plan for, life doesn't always deliver what's expected".

Given some of the star-studded cast (Cameron Diaz, Chris Rock, Elizabeth Banks, Thomas Lennon) I was anticipating some good humour in this movie, and I wasn't disappointed. It isn't 'laugh-a-minute', and I think some may be expecting that and leave the movie disappointed, but it IS very funny in a way that almost every parent will relate to in some way no matter how small. I won't ruin the movie for anyone who has yet to see it and plans to, but the scene with 'Wendy' (Elizabeth Banks) at the Baby Expo was my absolute favourite and almost had me in tears of laughter. Fortunately, I didn't pee my pants... But it did make me laugh, a LOT.

There are also some more intimate, poignant moments in this movie that are quite touching, and also sad at times. But it doesn't detract from the general good nature or humour of the movie and actually makes it all the more relatable to real life.

I thoroughly enjoyed this movie and would definitely recommend it... If you're a parent, then WTEWYE will make you laugh and have you nodding in agreement almost throughout. It's probably more of a "chick flick" but Chris Rock and the 'Dudes Group' will appeal to the menfolk.

And if that hasn't convinced you to go and check out this movie... Joe Manganiello takes his shirt off.


** Disclaimer : This is an honest & personal review that was paid for out of my own pocket and has not been endorsed by any agency for promotional purposes.

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