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WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU'RE EXPECTING (2012)

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WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU'RE EXPECTING (2012)

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The Buzz:

 

     This film follows 6 couples as they battle with different trials and tribulations of becoming pregnant or being parents, both planned and unplanned. We get to view this miracle from different perspectives such as young, old, married, dating, one night stands, adoption, accidents, long term efforts... pretty much any way that you can think of having a kid; it's at least touched on here. But despite this fact, I'm not entirely sure how the film really works as a translation of a pregnancy guide of the same name.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Life of the Party:

 

     The film is well shot and edited, though does absolutely nothing special in either of those terms. The acting is... what you expect from everyone who is in it. It's by no means bad acting, it's a star studded cast and so you're not going to grown at poor deliveries or awkward glances at the camera. The real strengths, however, are in the few touching moments in which we catch a glimpse of the love that only a parent can know for it's child. As a man with no kids I obviously can't exactly relate to that, but it's not something I'm ignorant about entirely having talked to many of my friends who are parents about what it's like. It also definitely gave me a reminder of what my parents likely went through to have me. I don't have the closest knit family, though we don't hate each other or anything, we're just all a little aloof. So sometimes a film like this helps to remind me of the sacrifices made for me to be here. There are also a few moments of humor that I did find myself openly chuckling at. Not rolling on the floor laughing, but... a good chuckle.

I'm not sure what makes me think this movie was targeted at women, call it a hunch.

 

Potential Hangovers:

 

     Remember how I mentioned the film did nothing special? Despite the bit of good I can say above, that's really the ultimate description of this picture. It's just a typical Hollywood film targeted at women for profit by preying on motherhood. There's no real advice or wisdom to be taken out of it in terms of “What to expect when you're expecting”, which from my understanding of the book is actually QUITE full of. Much of the humor is directed at the men in the film, often portrayed as bumbling idiots with no spines that must follow the direction of their wives or face their wrath. For instance Vic Mac (Chris Rock) constantly lets his oldest child get injured or wander off unsupervised, generally just being a terrible dad, but then the film tries to convince you that he's a great dad who loves being father more than anything else in one of the movie's clear moral soliloquies. The whole film just feels trite and formulaic throughout. There is one exception to this, and that is the story of Rosie Brennan (Anna Kendrick). The story arc itself is still contrived, but Kendrick turns what should have been a shallow shell of a character into the only seemingly genuine performance of the whole two hour endeavor. The reason why I saved that for the Hangovers and didn't mention her awesome job in the Life of the Party is because the sad thing is that she's the only female lead who DOESN'T have a kid in a film about HAVING KIDS.

 

"Look, we're the only two love interests in this movie that are actually attractive. I think we have an obligation to procreate..."

 

The Vibe: Ladies Night – Date Night – Family Night

 

     I watched this film because I wanted to pick a movie to review for Mother's Day today, and as such pick a film that maybe showcased motherhood. Also we don't often take the time to review films like this on Tanked Matinee, so I thought a change of pace would be good. That being said this isn't a very good movie. It's not painful to watch, but it has very little going for it either. If you're a woman who has kids or wants kids I could see you putting this on and maybe having some “awwwwww” moments, so there is that. But I don't see any reason most men would chose to put this on without persuasion from a significant other. Ultimately I think this movie shines as a family picture. It's dumb and inoffensive and easily digested, so perfect for watching with your parents or kids and bonding a bit over the few shining moments of honesty about the magic and beauty of family. I will say that watching it on Mother's Day did give me some of the “feels” for my parents, as stated previously. So all in all it wasn't a worthless watch.

 

Pros/Cons:


+ Anna Kendrick

+ A couple of shining moments of honest emotion

- Completely forgettable

- Poor gender stereotyping

 

Drinking Games:

 

- Drink every time a man is forced to back down from his wife/girlfriend, is afraid of her, drink two if Cameron Diaz says she's "the alpha".

- Drink every time Chris Rock is a bad father. (in the movie)

- Drink whenever a Jimmy Buffett references is made.

- Hardcore Mode: Drink every time someone touches a pregnant belly, whether their own or someone elses. 

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