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In this film image released by Lionsgate, Matthew Morrison, left, and Cameron Diaz are shown in a scene from "What to Expect When You're Expecting." (AP Photo/Lionsgate, Melissa Moseley)
Movie review: ‘What to Expect’? An up-and-down comedy
First Published May 17 2012 03:18 pm • Last Updated May 18 2012 11:05 am

Too bad you can’t watch "What to Expect When You’re Expecting" the way most people read the best-selling self-help book: by skipping the unnecessary bits and diving into the important stuff.

This comedy takes the "New Year’s Eve" approach to pregnancy, intercutting stories of five women dealing with impending motherhood: TV fitness trainer Jules (Cameron Diaz), expecting after an affair with her celebrity dance-show partner Evan ("Glee’s" Matthew Morrison); baby-store owner Wendy (Elizabeth Banks), finally pregnant after years of trying with nebbish husband Gary ("Bridesmaids’" Ben Falcone); Skylar (Brooklyn Decker), trophy wife of Gary’s overcompetitive father, Ramsey (Dennis Quaid); Rosie (Anna Kendrick), a young chef knocked up after a one-night stand with a rival food-truck operator, Marco (Chace Crawford); and Holly (Jennifer Lopez), a photographer seeking with her husband, Alex (Rodrigo Santoro), to adopt an orphan from Ethiopia.

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‘What to Expect When You’re Expecting’

Opens Friday, May 18, at theaters everywhere; rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content, thematic elements and language; 110 minutes. For more movie reviews, visit nowsaltlake.com/movies.

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Screenwriters Shauna Cross ("Whip It") and Heather Hach ("Freaky Friday") load up the predictable jokes about stretch marks, bladder pressure and tender nipples — and draw some good humor by creating "the Dudes Group," a confab of stroller-pushing papas led by the always-funny Chris Rock.

Director Kirk Jones ("Nanny McPhee," "Waking Ned Devine") balances the humor with the serious bits well, but has a harder time balancing the over-the-top performances (by Diaz and Quaid, especially) with the more subtle storylines (notably in Kendrick’s fine performance).

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