What to expect when you see “Expecting”

By Kyra Smith-Cullen
A&E Editor

Photo courtesy of IMDB.com

If you want to watch a movie that is funny, well written, and touching, then “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” should be on your list to see.

The movie is about five couples who are expecting their first child. The writers used a technique where, while the characters were going through similar things, they were going through different storylines. None of the pregnant couples really knew each other, but were all indirectly involved with each other’s lives.

The plot was a montage of the character’s different stories. The decision to format it in this way was an interesting one, because those involved took the risk that the audience would be able to keep up with the multiple story lines. However, it was done extremely well and in such a way where I had no trouble jumping from plot to plot. Even better, there were plot twists that were unexpected.

In terms of characters, they did an excellent job of ensuring development, but that it was not sudden. Instead, the characters grew as the plot continued, becoming more used to the idea of parenthood and the challenges that they faced.

The cast was very well chosen, but the actors who really stood out were Elizabeth Banks and Ben Falcone, who played Wendy and Gary Cooper. To me, their story became the most important because of how real the characters seemed. That doesn’t mean that the others weren’t equally as good, just that Falcone and Banks seemed to connect really well with their characters.

Another thing that was handled well was how the stories transitioned into each other and how the characters appeared in each other’s stories. In some cases, they used a common element in the stories to move to the next, like an ultrasound or the location where the characters met for lunch or a party. Everything flowed smoothly and managed to keep the audience interested at all times.

“What to Expect When You’re Expecting” is a good movie with above par actors, characters and plot. It manages to make light jokes about the ‘joy of parenthood’, while still addressing some of the more serious aspects of it. I recommend it to anybody who wants to laugh or cry – just realize that girls might appreciate the pregnancy aspect a bit more than guys.

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