What to Expect When You're Expecting

Synopsis: Five couples' 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?
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Kirk Jones
Production: Lionsgate Films
  12 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
110 min

Look, we can do this the easy way

or we can do this the hard way.

And I get it, you're naked, you're vulnerable

but this is a safe place, you know.

No need to resort to cheap theatrics.

We're better than that, right? We're artists.

So, let's just keep it dignified.


Look, kid.

(WHISPERING) If you don't smile, your mom

doesn't buy any prints and I don't get paid.

So, suck it up.

All right, baby. You like it when I'm bossy?

(LAUGHS) Okay! Okay.

Work the feet. Show me those gums!

That's it, baby!


Oh, Holly, these are amazing.

Well, I can give you 20 % off

on prints if you order today.


- Oh!

- Oh, my God! I am so sorry.

- Okay! (LAUGHS)

That's okay. It happens.

You know the last guy

who threw up on me?

You know what I did? I married him.

You're so good with kids.

You should have one of your own.

Yeah. That's kind of the plan.

Well, don't wait too long.

You don't wanna miss your window.


Yeah! Let's get you cleaned up. Yeah.

Ooh! What do you got?

Some wine, cheese and crackers,

your favorites.

Oh, that's a real treat.


- So what's the movie anyway?

Dirty Dancing.

- Oh! All right! That's a good one. Yeah.

- Mmm-hmm.


What are you...

I would like to propose a toast.

Okay. But you haven't had a drink

in two years.

I just...

I think we should take a break from trying.

And just be us for a while.

All right. I'll drink to that. Sure.

(SIGHS) To us.

And if that doesn't work

we'll do three rounds of IVF.

And if that doesn't work,

we'll just adopt, which will be great,

because I have no fears,

genetic or otherwise.

To us.

To not snuffing out the flame.

- Okay.

- Okay.

What are you doing? Oh, my God!

Are you gonna go for it?

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Shauna Cross

Shauna Cross is an American screenwriter, novelist and former roller derby athlete. She skated for the Los Angeles Derby Dolls under the pseudonym "Maggie Mayhem", and subsequently wrote the 2007 novel Derby Girl, a fictionalized version of her experiences in the TXRD Lonestar Rollergirls league. In 2009, she wrote a film adaption of the novel, Whip It, which was directed by Drew Barrymore and released in 2009. She was named one of Variety's 10 Screenwriters to Watch in 2008. more…

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