“What to Expect When You’re Expecting” Shows the Lighter Side of Parenthood


When I was pregnant, I threw away my copy of the What to Expect When You’re Expecting book because reading about everything that could possibly go wrong in a pregnancy totally freaked me out.

But, if you’re looking for a great movie to watch with your girlfriends, I highly recommend renting the What to Expect When You’re Expecting DVD. This comedy follows five couples as they prepare to become parents.

The all star cast of this film guarantees nonstop laughs. I enjoyed watching Jennifer Lopez and Cameron Diaz, although my absolute favorite performance was from Elizabeth Banks. Her character Wendy runs the Breast Choice Boutique and tried to conceive for over two years before getting pregnant. Once she’s pregnant, however, she discovers that pregnancy is a lot harder than she thought it would be.

Another really enjoyable part of the film is the “Dude’s Group” – which is basically a group of fathers who get together to talk about the struggles they’ve had adjusting to becoming parents.

Chris Rock is hysterical in his role as the head of the group. At first, the dads come off as bumbling buffoons. But, as the story progresses, you see that they are all quite devoted as parents.

In an effort at inclusiveness, the film has couples who are married as well as those who are dating and those who become pregnant after a one-night stand. There is an adoption and a miscarriage too, so you have to give the film’s writers credit for realizing that the path to motherhood is different for every woman.

Have you seen What to Expect When You’re Expecting? If so, what did you think of this movie?

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