“What to Expect When You’re Expecting” is a 2012 American romantic comedy film directed by Kirk Jones and starring an ensemble cast including Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Elizabeth Banks, Chace Crawford, Brooklyn Decker, Anna Kendrick, Matthew Morrison, and Dennis Quaid.
The film follows five interconnected couples who are all expecting babies and navigating the challenges of pregnancy and parenthood. These couples include a celebrity fitness guru (Cameron Diaz) who experiences unexpected difficulty getting pregnant, a rival food truck couple (Anna Kendrick and Chace Crawford) who become unexpectedly pregnant after a one-night stand, and a couple (Jennifer Lopez and Rodrigo Santoro) who are adopting a child from Ethiopia.
Throughout the film, the characters face personal and relational challenges, such as unexpected complications with pregnancy, financial difficulties, and differences in parenting styles.
The film is loosely based on the bestselling pregnancy guidebook of the same name by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel.
“What to Expect When You’re Expecting” received mixed reviews from critics, with praise given to the performances of the cast, particularly Banks and Kendrick, as well as the film’s humor and heartwarming moments. However, some critics found the film to be formulaic and predictable. Despite mixed reviews, the film was a commercial success, grossing over $84 million worldwide.
Duration: 110 min.