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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. »


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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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

What do you think is this film’s overall attitude toward pregnancy? Does the answer to this question depend on your own experience with the topic? Do you think you your feeling would vary depending on whether or not you have gone through childbirth?

How do movies typically depict men in stories relating to pregnancy? Is this a fair stereotype? How would a movie be received if the sex roles were reversed?

How many product placements can you find in this film? What are some of the ways the creators of this movie weave these placements into the storyline (including characters’ names)?

This movie is inspired by the title of the book What to Expect When You’re Expecting by Heidi Murkoff. Perspective parents can access the author’s advice at this website: http://www.whattoexpect.com/what-to-expect/landing-page.aspx

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About the Reviewer: Rod Gustafson

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