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What to Expect When You're Expecting

What to Expect When You're Expecting
Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Elizabeth Banks, Chace Crawford, Brooklyn Decker, Anna Kendrick, Joe Manganiello, Matthew Morrison, Dennis Quaid, Chris Rock, Rodrigo Santoro and Rebecca Black

Rated: PG-13 for crude and sexual content, thematic elements and language.
Reviewed by: Chris  
Release date: May 18, 2012 Released by: Lions Gate Films

This romantic comedy follows five couples through their pregnancies and adoption with all of their emotional ups and downs.
       Director Kirk Jones' film is based on a popular book with the same name.   It has a large cast and some of them come off better than others.   Cameron Diaz is good as a successful T.V. fitness guru.   Her pregnancy is a surprise, but she and her professional dancer boyfriend are looking forward to their little bundle of joy.   Also good is Jennifer Lopez as a photographer for an aquarium.   She and her husband  are candidates for adoption, although he's unsure about the responsibility.
       Anna Kendrick is underused as a food truck cook who has an unplanned pregnancy and Elizabeth Banks plays a woman who starts out a controlled store owner, and is completely thrown for a loop by all of her hormonal changes.   Some of her experiences are humorous, but most are downright embarrassing.
        The men are mostly in supportive roles, except for Dennis Quaid who has a couple of fun moments when his much-younger wife gets pregnant the same time as his son and daughter-in-law.    He's the kind of guy that you love to hate -  he's rich, an ex race car driver, married to a knock out, and to make things worse, they're breezing through their pregnancy.
       There are a couple of laughs, just not enough of them.    A side story about a group of men ( headed by Chris Rock) who walk in the park with their kids falls flat.   They march with strollers, babies and toddlers while bonding by telling each other about the time that one of their kids fell in the toilet  -- a  regular riot!   The good cast is mostly wasted in this predictable comedy.

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