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Still shot from the movie: What to Expect When You’re Expecting.

What to Expect When You’re Expecting

First babies are always an overwhelming experience, and the movie What to Expect When You're Expecting isn't likely to answer any new parent's questions. Based on an advice book (or at least inspired by its title), this irreverent take-off follows five couples on their journey into parenthood. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: C-
Violence: B-
Sexual Content: C-
Language: D+
Drugs/Alcohol: C
Run Time: 110
Theater Release: 18 May 2012
Video Release: 11 Sep 2012
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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Why Is What to Expect When You’re Expecting Rated PG-13?


Violence: Characters experience complications with pregnancy including a miscarriage and an emergency caesarean section that puts a mother’s life at risk. Men discuss physical accidents that have happened to their infants, such as a baby falling from a change table and another eating a cigarette. A young male child hits a man’s legs with a stick. Later this same child is spoken of in a derogatory manner and accidentally hit on the head with a full can of beer. Characters drive dangerously.

Sexual Content: Frequent discussions throughout on the topics of conception, pregnancy, breastfeeding, circumcision and delivery. Other related matters often involve explicit details and the use of anatomical and crude terms for sexual body parts. Some discussions include sexual innuendo. Sexual activities leads to implied sex between married and unmarried men and women. Women are seen in bikinis and other abbreviated clothing.

Language: The script contains frequent profanities, crude anatomical and scatological slang, a single full sexual expletive and two partial expletives, as well as terms of deity used as expletives.

Drugs/Alcohol: Many characters frequently consume alcohol. One unmarried couple drinks to the point of inebriation, and later we learn they have had sex that results in a pregnancy. A man laughingly talks about his child eating a cigarette.

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