What to Expect When You’re Expecting? (2012, Kirk Jones)

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MV5BODYzNjI0ODUzNF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNTI1MjQ2Nw@@._V1_SX214_So, what can you expect from this movie? A small amount of fun and a large amount of predictability. It is another movie from the rom-com group that girlfriends force their boyfriends to watch. It has its audience and people who will consider it interesting and funny, but it doesn’t really fits in the definition of a particularly good movie.

The movie is actually based upon 1984 pregnancy guide written by Heidi Murkoff. The book is one of the most influential books of the past twenty-five years, a best seller and it is informally called “the bible of American pregnancy”. Interesting. But can a pregnancy guide be a suitable base for a good movie?

The big problem of this movie is its lack of action. We have no real plot, real dramatic conflict or movie excitement. This material would be maybe more appropriate for a documentary program. Thus, we are somewhere in between. We don’t get educational information and we don’t get a good movie either.

One among the movie problems is too many characters. There are five expecting couples, which means we have already ten characters in the focus. There are also many other characters with no distinct marks. A whole big mess. I guess less couples with all this problems could give this movie a little bit of complexity and quality. There is no need for overcrowded cadres and confusing the viewers.

Speaking of viewers, I have mentioned that this movie has its audience. Of course, it is mostly made of pregnant women or women who are trying to conceive a baby. If we watch from their aspect, this could be an acceptable motivation and inspiring movie. Though this movie explores also the fatherly matter, I don’t think that men would really reach for this movie on their own while their darling is pregnant.

When the movie sucks, you point your finger at director, I guess. This time maybe it is the Kirk’s lack of experience. This is his fourth movie and he tried something that requires much more of previous movie work. He wanted to make a movie with many stories and relate them in one big topic. Here we do have many stories, too many if I may notice, but their bonds are just too weak. Almost seems like an accident. It has nothing to do with the fact he is not a woman, so he can’t completely give himself into the movie – it is the problem of his poor organized ideas.what-to-expect-when-you-re-expecting05

This is supposed to be a comedy, but there is no much funny moments. Although the acting crew is okay, the script is so boring that not even Chris Rock could make this thing a real comedy. Too much vomiting gags makes you want to vomit at some points, too.

No matter how likable the movie appears at first sight, it manages to disappoint already in first twenty minutes and all its colors are actually see-trough. It will maybe be able to amuse some of the viewers for a while, but I don’t believe it will make an impression as a valuable and special motion picture.

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