What to Expect When You’re Expecting, (or WTEWYE as we shall now call it as we don’t have all the time in the world), takes every possible equation of baby making you can imagine; Girl+boy+one night stand = baby! Happily married couple – pressure to try for a baby = baby! Couple thrown together by TV show + instant spark = baby! Aging millionnaire + 25 year old southern belle = baby! Couple who can’t conceive + adoption = baby!
And the irony of it all? All expectations are blown out of the water.
The cast just makes this movie; from the get-go we meet some of our favourite reality stars including Cheryl Cole (actually not as bad as I expected) and Whitney Port (The Hills/The City) making cameos before our loveable stars and all their various situations come in to play.
Elizabeth Banks plays Wendy, the slightly neurotic 30-something who will be waiting a long nine months before she achieves the ‘glow’ she’s been waiting for, Cameron Diaz aptly plays atheltic fitness trainor June who falls for her dancing partner on a TV show, Evan (Matthew Morrison) – a baby and a boyfriend is the last thing she wants or needs in her life.
Fun loving Holly and Alex are adopting and still coming to terms with being parents which thrusts Alex into a ‘dudes’ group of seemingly depressed Dads who live for their hour strolling around the park together on a Saturday.
The Dads were my highlight, with their kids strapped to them and iced beers underneath their changing mats, their take on fatherhood is hilarious, with Vic (Chris Rock) as their straight talking leader. Not everything is a bed of roses, they need to vent, and they need to live vicariously through someone still single and loving life – cue Davis (Joe Manganiello) who is nothing less than an absolute treat for the eyes. The best part? It is completely lost on them that this ‘me time’ they enjoy, is still with the responsibility of their kids while their wives enjoy a child free afternoon.
In a nutshell – I loved WTEWYE. What’s not to love when a film is basically a smorgasboard of light and airy stars who each bring their own ‘thing’ to the story, and when all those couples, relationships and stories intertwine, you’ve got yourself a box office hit.
So, what can you expect from What To Expect When You’re Expecting? Literally? Expect nothing… and absolutely anything!
What To Expect When You’re Expecting is out nationwide May 18th.