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What to Expect when You're Expecting


(Soap opera with artificial characters)

Don't expect too much from What to Expect When You're Expecting. The writers deal with too many characters and way too much material as we try to follow them from expectations of pregnancy through delivery.

We get snippets of all these couples at various stages of their relationships, interspersed with a group of fathers who walk their young kids in the park together. It would be more interesting if it had at least a few funny moments, but watching an accident-prone kid is about the extent of the humor. The rest is pure soap opera.

Most of the characters are loosely connected, with a father (Dennis Quad) and son (Ben Falcone) involved in a contentious relationship. Dad gets his trophy wife pregnant with twins, while son struggles to get his wife pregnant.

The movie attempts to feel modern and stylish. Two of the characters are involved in TV reality shows. Two others compete with food trucks. All of the stereotypes are there, from beginning to the final scenes where, amazingly, they all show up at the hospital at the same time.

It takes place in Atlanta, where the producers seemed more interested in product placement than making the audience laugh.

Rated PG-13, with some profanity, sexual references and the crude vomiting scenes.


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