Entertainment

'What To Expect' delivers

Cameron Diaz in a scene from the movie What To Expect When You're Expecting.
Cameron Diaz in a scene from the movie What To Expect When You're Expecting. Contributed - Roadshow Films publicity website

IN What To Expect When You're Expecting director Kirk Jones acts as a skilled mid-wife bringing the film to life.

Turning an advice book into a romantic comedy was never going to be an easy task.

Throw in a huge ensemble cast which at first glance seems a little ill choosen, and you have certainly got your work cut out.

But unlike other high-concept but mostly muddled ensembles - I'm looking at you Valentine's Day and New Year's Eve, What To Expect When You're Expecting actually delivers the heart, the laughs and the romance and is a bright and enjoyable jaunt through the comic and at times trying moments of impending parenthood.

Based on the best-selling Heidi Murkoff pregnancy guide, the film follows five very different couples and their various struggles, triumphs and failings with pregnancy.

The stories, albeit one, are cleverly connected in far less contrived ways than other ensemble films and for the most part simply subtly overlap.

The film storyline chronicles all aspects of pregnancy and having a child covering a full gamut of experiences and the effects such a big event has.

Everything from adoption to sore nipples, swollen feet and surprise pregnancies are covered.

It is a glossy film but it isn't afraid to tackle some deeper issues and the difficulties involved with bringing a life into the world.

The best comic moments come from Elizabeth Banks as a pro-pregnancy author finding the experience a little more stressful than imagined.

She works the material like a pro and brings both comedy and a sense of realism to the role.

The film does have it's flaws with a few limp plot moments and at times the tone was a little off and it was difficult to tell if some elements, particularly the reality TV storylines, were meant to be sincere or a send-up.

There are also a couple of characters and their particular story arcs which are little neglected and under developed making them seem a little ill placed.

Like pregnancy the film is not perfect, but it is a joyful and fun ride that delivers the laughs.

 

What To Expect When You're Expecting

  • Stars: Cameron Diaz, Matthew Morrison, Dennis Quaid, Elizabeth Banks, Anna Kendrick, Jennifer Lopez, Chris Rock
  • Director: Kirk Jones
  • Rated: M
  • Verdict: Three out of four stars

Topics:  movie review, movies


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

MS sufferer pins hopes on Russian stem cell treatment

Barry and Sue Potts are fundraising to pay for her $50,000 treatment for MS.

Couple fundraising for what's hoped will be a life-changing event

These local movies will shine at 10th Byron Film Festival

LOCAL STORIES: One of the films featured this year is The Bentley Effect, a documentary about the Bentley Blockade.

THIS year marks a milestone for the Byron Bay Film Festival

Graceful Russian ballerinas will perform Swan Lake

ON STAGE: The Russian National Ballet Theatre brings their production of Swan Lake, the full length classical performance.

The Russian National Ballet Theatre is coming soon

Local Partners

EDITORIAL: Swamped by ignorance, Spandex and invisible money

SIT UP straight and pay attention- this week we are talking money and measurement with a couple of great leaps forward in both areas.

It's time to get your shorts on the big screen

ANIMATED: Citizen To Activist, an animation by David Lowe and Eve Jeffrey, won the Jury Award for best Short Film at Flickerfest 2015 - Byron AllShorts.

Entries for Flickerfest 2017 and Byron All Shorts are now open

MS sufferer pins hopes on Russian stem cell treatment

Barry and Sue Potts are fundraising to pay for her $50,000 treatment for MS.

Couple fundraising for what's hoped will be a life-changing event

These local movies will shine at 10th Byron Film Festival

LOCAL STORIES: One of the films featured this year is The Bentley Effect, a documentary about the Bentley Blockade.

THIS year marks a milestone for the Byron Bay Film Festival

Graceful Russian ballerinas will perform Swan Lake

ON STAGE: The Russian National Ballet Theatre brings their production of Swan Lake, the full length classical performance.

The Russian National Ballet Theatre is coming soon

Mary J Blige joins Bluesfest 2017 line up

STAR: Mary Jane Blige is an American singer, songwriter, model, record producer and actress.

The R'n'B superstar is also on prime time TV from this week

Footy and cricket careers calling

HIGH ACHIEVER: Jordan Diehm on track for cricket and AFL success.

Jordan Diehm is trialling for both women's Cricket and AFL teams.

Four men have now been charged with drug offences

Up to a kilogram of cocaine and cash has been seized by police in a series of dramatic drug raids across Ballina and Byron Bay.

Four men have been charged with drug offences after arrests

Burns Point: The blessings of filming a movie in Ballina

DRAMA: Actors Ron Kelly, John McNeill and Brad McMurray on a scene of Burns Point, filmed near Ballina.

Chris Blackburn talks about his feature film Burns Point

WATCH: Justin Bieber grabbed in Germany

A video has emerged of singer Justin Bieber being attacked

Why The Wrong Girl is right for Jessica Marais

Jessica Marais and Ian Meadows in a scene from the TV series The Wrong Girl.

ACTOR makes the sometimes awkward character her own in new comedy.

What's on the small screen this week

Jessica Marais in a scene from the TV series The Wrong Girl.

A NEW romantic comedy debuts while footy codes ramp up for finals.

Airbourne talk drop bears, beer and taxes

Airbourne have a new album coming out and a new tour on the way.  Photo Contributed

Airbourne release album for the aussie battler

Pippa Middleton had 3000 private photos stolen

Author Pippa Middleton

Author's account hacked to access 3000 private photos

Gruen star discovers the body's limits in new hit TV show

Todd Sampson tries out MMA fighting during TV series BodyHack.

Gruen star pushes the limits in new TV series

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

Couple build their own 'tiny house' for $45k

Holly Bowen and Oli Bucher built their "tiny house" themselves, only hiring a plumber and an electrician. Photo/supplied

The house, which is built on a trailer and can be towed.

Sunshine Beach property breaks real estate record

The property overlooks Sunshine Beach, as the backyard lawn meets the sand.

Sunshine Beach mansion sale smashes real estate record

SOLD: Historic hotel finds new owner

Post Office Hotel Grafton

Photo Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner

Pub in new hands and heading in a brand new direction

Peppers Airlie Beach put on the market

ON THE MARKET: Peppers Airlie Beach is being for recievership sale by CBRE Hotels and PRD Nationwide Airlie Beach.

Peppers Airlie Beach is being offered for sale.

3500 jobs on the way with new $950 million resort

Residential, tourist, community, and open space on Hummock Hill Island.

PROPERTY developers plan to begin construction next year.