What To Expect When You’re Expecting

I was surprised to find this 2012 movie at the Serangoon Public Library, which has a very limited selection of DVDs. After watching it, I was even more surprised that this movie is not even rated NC 16, considering that the censorship board here is so strict and there is so much coarse language, drug reference and sexual content.

Perhaps reading the book (of the same title, by Heidi Murkoff, who is also the producer) on which it is based would have been less shocking, and the humour and message better appreciated.

The story is about five couples (Cameron Diaz as Jules Baxter, Jennifer Lopez as Holly, Elizabeth Banks as Wendy, Brooklyn Decker as Skyler and Anna Hendrick as Rosie) who are expecting a baby for the first time, whether through pregnancy or adoption.

Their partners (husbands) do not have memorable roles either, except that Chris Rock and Dennis Quaid have some wise words like:

  • There is no such thing as ready (for parenthood) – you just jump in front of a train and hope not to die. Being a dad, I’m exhausted but happy. I wouldn’t change it for anything in the world.
  • At the end of the day, family is what means the most.

The many songs (I counted 28) do not do much except during scenes involving a Reality Dancing TV Show (with a member of Black-Eyed Peas as a judge). But I must say the prosthetics department has done an excellent job. And the photography team did good work for the scenes shot in Ethopia.


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