It wasn’t until I watched the DVD extras that I came to learn that this film is inspired by one of the best selling pregnancy book: ‘What to Expect When You’re Expecting’ by Heidi Murkoff. The film follows several couples as they embark on the journey that is pregnancy as well as a group of Dad’s getting some stress free time in their ‘Dude’s Club’.
With a host of famous actors and actresses the film is very enjoyable. Cameron Diaz, who plays a weight loss instructor, is paired with Matthew Morrison as the ‘celebrity couple’ who got together after taking part in the film’s version of Dancing with the Stars. I enjoy Diaz as an actress and in this film I cannot fault her! She gives 100% the entire time and it is clear that she has researched to the max what it can be like to be pregnant. In the birthing scene she is seen drenched in sweat, screaming and it really brings a lot to the film. She’s not scared to embarrass herself and it’s great. The only thing I can comment on is that Matthew Morrison looks a lot like Justin Timberlake….that was strange.
J-Lo pairs up with Rodrigo Santoro as a couple trying to adopt a child from Nigeria, and although I still don’t see J-lo as an actress, she does seem to get better with every film she’s in….practice makes perfect I guess. Anna Kendrick and Chase Crawford (who is smoking hot F.Y.I.) play a young couple who fall into the ‘one night stand gone wrong’ group. As both have acted in major ‘young people’ franchises (Kendrick: Twilight; Crawford: Gossip Girl) it was exciting to see what they would bring to the table alongside the greats such as Chris Rock and Cameron Diaz. Their age brought a lot of dynamics to the film and it was great to finally see Kendrick playing something other than a shy character – I was beginning to think that was all she had, but I’m wrong and VERY excited to see her next role, hopefully a lead!
Elizabeth Banks (man I love her), is paired with Ben Falcone who play a couple who has been trying to get pregnant for what seems like forever. These two are great in the film, again we see Banks unafraid to step out onto the ledge of embarrassment, as she does with many of her roles, and really bring it home.
This is a great feel good film; you fall in love with every character and only want the best for them. Definitely one for the girls, it will make you laugh and make you cry, but definitely not make you broody!