An increasingly popular idea for a film the past two years has been the absurdly large collection “A-list” actors all combining to make a movie about a bunch of different characters/stories with some sort of connecting trait or event. Movie’s like He’s Just Not That Into You started it, eventually growing into bigger collaborations like Valentine’s Day and New Year’s Eve. For some reason, I feel compelled to compile a list of all of the easily recognizable names featured in What to Expect When You’re Expecting. Here we go:
The plot is pretty simple: There are a lot several couples that in one way or another have a baby coming into their lives. Different experiences and relationships are explored and tested by the introduction of a child.
There is one glaring problem with these movies for me: there are simply too many actors and characters and stories for any of them to really stand out. I honestly don’t see how anyone can think they can write a script and direct a film with 5 individual stories with over a dozen huge actors while giving enough time and detail to each of them to make it worth it. Such is the case here. There is no reason to care about any of these characters, and even if you manage to, the drama they experience is all blatantly manufactured, it doesn’t happen subtly or come with any surprise. Most everything is predictable and pretty shallow.
The comedy is also lacking for such a film. The only laughs are found in the group of dad’s that are friends of one of the main couples, made up of Chris Rock, Rob Huebel, Thomas Lennon, and Amir Talai.
The movie might be more entertaining and likable to those that have gone through similar experiences, but for those of us yet to do so, the attempted humor and drama is not effective or fun.
1/4 – With more recognizable names than laughs or stirred emotions, it’s clear what to expect when you’re watching What to Expect When You’re Expecting: not a lot.