I saw “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” and it was not what I was expecting. I was so disappointed. Aside from the fact that every couple in the movie is either pregnant, struggling to get pregnant or adopting, I couldn’t figure out the connection to the iconic book on which it is supposedly based. The only obvious link seemed to be that Heidi Murkoff, who wrote the book, is one of the film’s executive producers.
The jokes were predictable and stale (complaints about morning sickness and other pregnancy ailments and at least one graphic vomiting visual), the dads were stereotyped as incapable (they have a club where they confess things they bungle with the kids — such as giving them chicken nuggets instead of carrots or putting a diaper on backward, oh no!) and every plotline was a cliche (example: couple gets pregnant after one-night stand, but after she miscarries, he realizes he really loves her and tries to win her).
The movie did have an amazing cast, including Cameron Diaz and Dennis Quaid. I especially enjoyed Jennifer Lopez's performance as a mom seeking to adopt, and, as a "Gleek," I also liked seeing Matthew Morrison in a major motion picture.
I also saw “Think Like A Man” recently and that movie did a far superior job of incorporating the book into the movie and was incredibly funny to boot.
What do you think? Did you enjoy “What to Expect” more than I did?
Pictured above: Matthew Morrison and Cameron Diaz in a scene from "What To Expect When You're Expecting"