Malaysia release date: 18 May 2012
Genre: Comedy romance, chick flick
Running Time: 1 Hour 50 Minutes
Director: Kirk Jones
Cast: Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Anna Kendrick, Matthew Morrison, Chace Crawford, Elizabeth Banks
Synopsis: “An adaptation of the best-selling, most beloved pregnancy book in the world, What To Expect When You’re Expecting is a wildly original romantic comedy that follows the relationships of four couples as they experience the excitement, trepidation, humour and heartburn of preparing to embark on life’s biggest journey: parenthood” (Nusantara Edaran Filem).
Verdict: Making a chick flick out of a pregnancy guidebook that originally has no storyline was a very bad idea. What To Expect When You’re Expecting has an ensemble cast of big names that did not bother to act convincing for the film. But who could blame them when the script is garbage? There are different kind of pregnancy and parenthood explorations in the movie but fails to tell each and every one of them evenly in detail. That defeats the purpose of the title and the book its based on. Lack of time is no excuse when there are this many unnecessary predictable scenes and unintelligent jokes. Simply put, it’s one helluva boring comedy, even for those who are “expecting.”
Second opinion: “Very draggy in the middle; some parts are funny; the babies are cute” (Iris Loong).
Special guest appearances by: Dwayne Wade (NBA star player for the Miami Heat), Taboo (Black Eyed Peas), Cheryl Cole (Girls Aloud) & Whitney Port (former The Hills cast member).
Malaysian censorship: Only the apparent sex scene is chopped.
Rating: 1 / 5
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Favourite quote: “I don’t usually use that word for that body part but once a baby came out of it, it’s a vagina.”
Fairy tale for girls: Rosie (Anna Kendrick) easily gets seduced by a hot ex-high school mate, Marco (Chace Crawford), for a one night stand and has him fallen for her without a single date at all. Marco, an apparent playboy back in high school, is surprisingly a responsible and caring person for the girl he knocked up. It’s this kind of stories that make girls annoyingly delusional. Seems like Kendrick likes to act in these kind of movies.
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Special thanks to good friend Zac Lau for the premiere screening passes.