What To Expect When You're Expecting
It's not all hormones and breast-pumps, promise.
Well, we decided to put this to the test. Itchy went to the cinema, and we took a man. Quite a nice man, actually. And guess what? We all lived to tell the tale. Nobody left due to awkward birthing scenes or an attack of OH MY GOD, BABIES ARE VERY SCARY AND VERY REAL. In fact, there was even quite a bit of laughter. One particular scene had us in fits of laughter for a good 2 minutes. (Any scene featuring a group of dads with babies strapped to them swaggering in slow motion to hip hop is bound to tickle us.)
The film follows five couples, some of whom are obviously connected and others who are pretty tenuously linked, on the journey through pregnancy. The cast is pretty damn star-studded, with Cameron Diaz making a startlingly muscular TV fitness star, alongside Matthew Morrison's personality-less "dance show star" Evan. Elizabeth Banks' hysterical turn as Wendy was the most honest and humorous portrayal of the downsides of pregnancy. Itchy felt that her husband (Ben Falcone) paled into insignificance next to her incredible assistant Janice, played by the ridiculous Rebel Wilson (who you will recognise from Bridesmaids - she's the one who looks a bit like Matt Lucas in drag.)
J Lo is looking hot as a photographer looking to adopt (and her boyfriend is that fit one from Love Actually who gets his kit off after the office party), and Brooklyn Decker is looking even hotter as the perfect toy-girl who just happens to be married to Wendy's husband's uber competitive dad. (Got that? Yeah, it's complex.) Chace Crawford and Anna Kendrick provide the "youthful" storyline, but be warned: just cos they're young it doesn't mean that you can take them lightly. (Itchy shed a few tears over their story. Fact.)
Itchy was happy to find that this film is just as much about the dads as it is about the preggers ladies. It's not all hormones and breast pumps - there are nerves, confusion and interesting parenting tactics from the men as well.
If you're looking for advice about motherhood or a serious film, this isn't for you... but if you're after a Bridesmaids-esque comedy with a cast that will please even the most picky film-goer, you might as well head to the cinema and watch this bad boy. Men: don't be afraid. There are some naked women, men doing sporty things, and kids doing funny things. Women: don't be disappointed at the lack of actual screen time given to cute babies. Now we've got that out of the way, you should be all set.