What to Expect When You Are Expecting – A Cute Movie About the Highs and Lows While Waiting for Baby
I was invited to screen the new movie, What to Expect When You Are Expecting, this Monday in Denver. I was looking forward to seeing the movie but didn’t hold a lot of expectations for it.
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What to Expect follows five couples through their different and intersecting journeys of having a baby. Each mother and father to be quickly learn that no matter what you expect, life always has different plans. The movie has an all-star cast which includes Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Elizabeth Banks, Chance Crawford, Brooklyn Decker, Dennis Quaid and Chris Rock.
I enjoyed this movie. It tries to be real while keeping a sense of humor about the whole life changing event. I’m not sure I really identified truly with any of the expectant mothers (a Hollywood star with a surprise pregnancy, a young mother, an adoptive mother, a trophy wife mother and a perfectionist mother.) Not that I completely needed to identify to enjoy the movie, but all tell the story of coming into parenthood.
What I really liked about this movie is that they also focused on the dads and their perspective. I loved the Dudes Group, which includes leader Chris Rock. The Dudes are a group of established fathers who meet once a week at a park and support each other. The first rule of Dudes Group is no one shares what is said or happens in group. Rock is not the first person who comes to mind as an authority on fatherhood, but really steals the movie as the cool, but out of sorts dad.
When an expectant father joins the group to begin to explore fatherhood, he tells Rock’s character that he’s not sure he’s ready. Rock responds with my favorite line, “No one is ever ready. You just jump on the train and hope you don’t die.”
If you are a parent or expectant parent, go see this movie. It’s fun, it’s light, and a good laugh. I reminisced about my own pregnancies and smiled about all the expectations I had set up before getting pregnant and how each one was individually shattered.