A flashier, frothier version of Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel's 1984 gestational guidebook, What to Expect
has nothing new to say about pregnancy or the so-called "parent trap" (fun ends after childbirth). Couched in intersecting storylines, the plot samples several reproductive experiences pitched at the level of a schmaltzy sitcom. A baby supply owner (Elizabeth Banks) first struggles with infertility before puking her way through pregnancy; photographer Holly (Jennifer Lopez) settles on adoption; food truck chef Rosie (Anna Kendrick) is a potential parent after a one-night stand; TV fitness trainer Jules (Cameron Diaz) experiences a late-in-life pregnancy; and trophy wife Skyler (Brooklyn Decker) has an impossibly glamorous pregnancy. Much of the drama comes from predictable side effects (uncontrollable bladder and gas) and complications of motherhood (infertility, miscarriage, perilous delivery) adding both levity and sentimentality that is pandering and expected. The smarmy antics of the boy's club of new dads (Chris Rock, Rob Huebel) gives only brief relief from the film's endless predictability and disjointed segments.