What to Expect When You're Expecting

May 18th 2012
  • Comedy/Romance,
  • PG-13,
  • 110 min,
  • Lionsgate
  • Cast: Elizabeth Banks, Cameron Diaz, Anna Kendrick, Jennifer Lopez, Joe Manganiello, Brooklyn Decker, Dennis Quaid, Rodrigo Santoro, Chace Crawford, Chris Rock, Matthew Morrison, Thomas Lennon, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Ben Falcone, Cheryl Cole, Rob Huebel, Kim Fields, Genesis Rodriguez, Amir Talai, Mimi Gianopulos, Catherine Barrow, Brian Bascle, Jesse Burch, Chelsea Cardwell, Cynthia Evans, Jeffrey Hallman, Megan Hayes, Eric Mendenhall, Sharon Morris, Scott Poythress
  • Director: Kirk Jones
  • Writers: Shauna Cross, Heather Hach, Heidi Murkoff
  • Producers: Mike Medavoy, Arnold Messer, David Thwaites
  • Co Producer: Douglas McKay
  • Executive Producers: Mark Bakshi, Erik Murkoff, Heidi Murkoff, Alan Nevins
  • Art Direction: James F. Truesdale
  • Casting: Deborah Aquila
  • Costume Design: Karen Patch
  • D.O.P.: Xavier PĂ©rez Grobet
  • Editor: Michael Berenbaum
  • Makeup: Cindy J. Williams
  • Music: Mark Mothersbaugh
  • Production Design: Andrew Laws
  • Set Decoration: Halina Siwolop


Inspired by the perennial New York Times bestseller of the same name, "What to Expect When You're Expecting" is a hilarious and heartfelt big screen comedy about five couples whose intertwined lives are turned upside down by the challenges of impending parenthood.

Over the moon about starting a family, TV fitness guru Jules and dance show star Evan find that their high-octane celebrity lives don't stand a chance against the surprise demands of pregnancy. Baby-crazy author and advocate Wendy gets a taste of her own militant mommy advice when pregnancy hormones ravage her body; while Wendy's husband, Gary, struggles not to be outdone by his competitive alpha-Dad, who's expecting twins with his much younger trophy wife, Skyler.

Photographer Holly is prepared to travel the globe to adopt a child, but her husband Alex isn't so sure, and tries to quiet his panic by attending a "dudes" support group, where new fathers get to tell it like it really is. And rival food truck chefs Rosie and Marco's surprise hook-up results in an unexpected quandary: what to do when your first child comes before your first date?

A kaleidoscopic comedy as universal as it is unpredictable, "What to Expect When You're Expecting" finds humor and uplift in all the unexpected trials and triumphs of welcoming a child into the world.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: Atlanta, USA; South Africa
  • MPAA Warning: Crude and sexual content, thematic elements and language
  • Production Budget: $40 million
  • Production Companies: Alcon Entertainment, Lionsgate, Phoenix Pictures, What to Expect Productions
  • Production Schedule: 25 July 2011 - 30 September 2011

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2012 Guide Analysis: "The dismal failure of "New Year's Eve" has sadly only slowed down rather than stopped the emergence of one of the more tedious of recent film genres - the star-packed ensemble rom-com. "Love Actually", even with its cloying sentiment, was one of the few examples where it worked despite the formula trappings. "He's Just Not That Into You" and "Valentine's Day" on the other hand make anyone but the most die-hard forgiving of rom-coms in general shudder in fear.

Nevertheless studios love them - with each star only doing a few days work they can land big names and yet still make these movies at a quite economical price and market it entirely on the stars involved. So it comes as no huge surprise that Lionsgate wants in on the action and is using Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel's famed self-help guide for soon-to-be mothers as the basis.

To do that, scribes Heather Hach and Shauna Cross constructed a narrative following five couples (and their friends, co-workers, etc.) who'll have their own subplots that'll no doubt occasionally interact. Jennifer Lopez and Rodrigo Santoro play a couple who adopts a baby from abroad even though he's not ready for a kid. Anna Kendrick and Chace Crawford are food-truck owners and old flames who come together which leads to her becoming pregnant.

Elizabeth Banks plays the owner of a boutique selling goods to new mothers who becomes one herself and promptly begins to doubt her beliefs on raising children. Chris Rock is the head of a social group teaching soon-to-be fathers what to expect. Cameron Diaz and Matthew Morrison are a pair who team for a celebrity dance show - not sure how a baby comes into that one. Dennis Quaid, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Joe Manganiello, Rebel Wilson, Brooklyn Decker, Thomas Lennon and Cheryl Cole also have small roles."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 17 May 2012: Argentina, Greece, Russia, Singapore
  • 18 May 2012: Brazil, Estonia, Lithuania
  • 23 May 2012: Ireland, UK
  • 24 May 2012: Denmark, Netherlands
  • 25 May 2012: Romania, Sweden
  • 31 May 2012: Australia, Hungary, New Zealand
  • 1 June 2012: Norway
  • 20 June 2012: Belgium, France
  • 22 June 2012: Italy
  • 20 July 2012: Spain
  • 16 August 2012: Germany