In “What to Expect When You’re Expecting,” Expect Only the Expected

PG-13 for toxic hormone levels, babies eating cigarettes, intimidatingly large cast

Release Date: May 18, 2012

 

If you’ve got a few hours to kill, go read the cast list for this movie. You’ll encounter roughly 16 overlapping plot lines, which is how all the great movies are made these days, if by “all the great movies” we mean “Love Actually and a bunch of crappy knock-offs.”

Presumably this is so that none of your actors need to spend more than a few days on set, which allows six hundred different stars to appear in your movie, from Elizabeth Banks in pregnancy-hysteria mode to Jennifer Lopez as soulful foreign-adopter to Matthew Morrison as guy-whose-career-is-somehow-still-going. Also, Anna Kendrick lends her adorableness to the accidental-pregnancy plot-line. Because if you’re going to do a pregnancy comedy, you’ve gotta wedge in an accidental one somewhere. And please don’t quote me on that.

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