The film is funny from beginning to end, but it's also touching as well. We see the hardship that Holly must go through to adopt a child, and we see her sadness in her face as she sees other couples with their children. Of course taking pictures of expecting mothers doesn't help either, especially if one of those mothers is Skylar. And speaking of Skylar, even though she's carrying twins, she doesn't show the same pregnancy symptoms as Holly is suffering from. And the competition between Gary and his racing legend old man Ramsey only adds to the stress of the ladies.
Chris Rock is hilarious as Vic, who gives some great and funny advise to new dad-to-be Alex. When Alex mentions that he and Holly are just "looking" at houses, Vic states that, "Women pretty much control the baby universe, so yeah, you're buying a house, yeah, you're deferring on every major decision regarding the baby. And yeah, babies "are where happiness goes to DIE." Yes, it's all played for laughs!
The film is in the same vain as the other multi-star cast films, such as HE'S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU, VALENTINE'S DAY and last years NEW YEAR'S EVE. Director Jones (EVERYBODY'S FINE, WAKING NED DIVINE, and NANNY McPHEE) balances all these Hollywood celebrities and everyone gets equal amount of screen time and get the audience to care for them, as well as make them laugh.
Overall, WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU'RE EXPECTING is a fun, light-hearted comedy that doesn't do anything but keep you entertained. If you're a parent, or an expecting mother, then you'll love the film. Three out of five stars.
WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU'RE EXPECTING is currently playing in theaters nationwide, including at the Camera Cinemas here in the Bay Area. To view showtimes, visit their website at http://www.cameracinemas.com.
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