I like rom coms and silly movies, especially the ones in which J. Lo and Jennifer Aniston always seem to be playing the same role over and over again with just different backdrops and scenarios. However, What to Expect When You’re Expecting (WTEWYE) is a boring movie, about boring people having to make boring decisions. Some audiences have argued that for parents or soon-to-be-parents this was exciting and interesting and relatable. I guess being pregnant or a parent must be really boring then, because that’s exactly what this movie was: a star studded cast of lollipops trapped in a borefest without any substance.
All the actors are severely underutilized because let’s face it, it is impossible to squeeze in character development and plot of 12 couples into something under 2 hours. Most of the women don’t even look pregnant, they look like they were holding a basket ball under their shirts.
Watching this movie would be like being the fly on your next door neighbor’s wall who are expecting a baby. It is as exciting and intriguing. Nothing but a bunch of mundane, every-day, seriously boring plot lines – and I am using the term “plot” loosely, as clearly this movie doesn’t even have a plot – with “characters” that are uninspiring and boring. Really, come to think of it, I think this is one of the most boring movies I have seen and I have a high boredom tolerance.
This movie was made to sell by employing a bunch of A lister hotties and pretty boys. Even though the theme of pregnancy is new, I am pretty sure I have seen a movie like this before. I think they have a placeholder or boilerplate for this type of movie in Hollywood and every now and then they take out the script, dust if off, make it conform to contemporary culture, cast with a horde of A- listers and hit go.
Just replace every character there with someone like Jennifer Aniston, Katherine Heigl, Leslie Mann, a couple of hunky, up-and-coming Hollywood hunks like Liam Hemsworth, or Chris Pine or a main cast from a prime time TV shows like Andrew Lincoln or something and it would be the exact same movie. So, if you enjoy being bored out of your gore, I say go for it.