What to Expect When You're Expecting

What to Expect When You're Expecting

Kirk Jones (2012)

12A Certificate


Our Score
The lives of five couples with parenthood problems are tenuously linked in this star-studded comedy inspired by the bestselling pregnancy book. Expectant mothers include Cameron Diaz's celebrity fitness coach, Jennifer Lopez's keen-to-adopt photographer and a hysterical Elizabeth Banks as a baby-obsessive married to the son of a rich racing-car driver (Dennis Quaid) with a trophy wife. Meanwhile, Chris Rock leads a tangential "dudes group" of new fathers who envy the life of the free and single more than ever. Of the star cast, it's Quaid's mixture of impossible ego and inevitable ageing who comes across the best. Director Kirk Jones (Nanny McPhee, Everybody's Fine) keeps the reproductive tale on the right side of light, so it could be just the movie for exhausted parents. For others, it may be a little too laboured.


Five women and their partners wrestle with the demands of impending parenthood. A TV fitness guru finds her celebrity lifestyle unraveling, and a writer of advice books for pregnant women puts her theoretical knowledge to the ultimate test, while her father-in-law expects a child with his younger lover. A couple try to adopt a baby overseas and a one-night stand has unforeseen consequences. Comedy drama, starring Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez and Elizabeth Banks.

Cast & Crew

Jules Cameron Diaz
Holly Jennifer Lopez
Rosie Anna Kendrick
Wendy Elizabeth Banks (2)
Gary Ben Falcone
Ramsey Dennis Quaid
Davis Joe Manganiello
Skyler Brooklyn Decker
Evan Matthew Morrison
Vic Chris Rock
Megan Mullally Megan Mullally
Cheryl Cole Cheryl Cole
Marco Chace Crawford
Alex Rodrigo Santoro
Director Kirk Jones
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Lionsgate UKGuidance: Edited for language and sexual references.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 25 May 2012
Drama Comedy