“What To Expect When You’re
Those of us in the grandparenting stage
aren’t exactly the target audience for this ensemble movie about couples
have babies. So forgive us if we
aren’t exactly surprised by some of the “surprises” about pregnancy
learned by these earnest young couples: a woman’s body changes in ways that
aren’t always under her control (really?), the prospective parents might not
agree even on a name, much less about the possibility of circumcision (no
joke), Dads are capable of changing diapers, also (but we didn’t feel the
need to form a support group about it), some grown men still have unresolved
issues with their fathers (which may or may not be resolved with parenthood),
some pregnancies are more difficult than others (duh), some baby deliveries
are more difficult than others (double duh), and this is a good time to give
your partner a lot of slack (now this was actually worth reiterating).
Since there are no real surprises here,
the film is going to have to stand or fall on
the actors themselves, and the quality of their performances.
It’s good to see Jennifer Lopez again; she manages to be beautiful
and still makes us feel like she’s one of us.
Brooklyn Decker’s beauty is much more inaccessible, like she’s more
of a statuesque Barbie doll than a real person, but at least they let her do
something besides smile, once.
Cameron Diaz convinced us of the labor
involved in going into labor, though nobody said anything about the
advisability of a 40-year-old doing this. In
former days we would have said “elderly primipera,” though that term
doesn’t even appear in today’s computer spell checks.
Elizabeth Banks adds some much-needed levity, and it’s always good to
see Anna Kendrick, even if she did have to play the sad part.
Matthew Morrison, of “Glee” fame, still has star power on the big
screen, and Chris Rock, though in a subdued secondary role, is still a
But there’s no real unifying theme
here, especially if the premise is that everybody’s experience is different.
Well, of course it is, Captain Obvious.
There are some random chuckles here and there, but it’s certainly not
a knee-slapper. Though there’s plenty
of talk about sex, there’s no nudity, and only enough “crude humor” to
keep out the little kids.
This one’s good for maybe a Friday
night popcorn rental after the kids are in bed.
Dr. Ronald P. Salfen, Interim Pastor,
St. Stephen’s Presbyterian Church,