What I should have expected during “What to Expect When You’re Expecting”
As promised from yesterday’s post, it’s time for my review of the movie What to Expect When You’re Expecting, in theaters now. We saw it last night (during $6 movie night) and I must say, I was highly impressed! I’m not a movie critic, I wasn’t endorsed by anyone to review this movie, and, in fact, this is the first movie I have ever reviewed. I decided to do so not because I thought it was important for you all to hear my opinion on the movie, but because I was seeing it with my boyfriend and I knew it was going to be a story worth telling. You see, Jimmy and I have been dating for almost three years and are in no hurry to “grow up.” We know we’ll be together forever, and sure, we might decide to tie the knot in upcoming years, but we are in no way, shape or form ready for kids. People always ask, “Wow, isn’t it time to get married?” or “So, when is YOUR big day?” The truth is, we don’t see the need to rush it. We are still young, trying to pay off student loans, just getting settled in our careers … why blow a ton of money we don’t have when we’re already living together and happy as can be? We’d rather save up so we can have the wedding of our dreams without going further into debt. But the real question we just LOVE being asked: “When are you going to have kids? Aren’t you getting to that age?” WHAT? NO! I am 25 and Jimmy is 27!!! I know many people our age are ready to take that step or already have, and that’s just peachy, but we want to travel, spoil ourselves, spend money on expensive things, stay out late .. how would that be fair to our kids? So no, we might be getting to that age, but we aren’t there yet. Don’t get me wrong, I love kids. I have 5 nieces and nephews and two more on the way – and they are my pride and joy. I’m just not ready for my own yet. After all, 30 is the new 20, right?
For those reasons, I knew I had to review this movie. Or really, review the reactions. Jimmy’s reactions.
You can often tell what kind of movie you’re about to watch based on the previews. In this case, they showed previews for a dancing movie, a few other corny flicks .. and Magic Mike. Channing Tatum AND Matthew McConaughey in one movie?
(Pause for a picture break…. it’s okay to drool)
I knew it was going to be good. The film started off by introducing the four main couples: One trying to have a baby, one not trying but is happy when they find out they’re expecting, one trying to adopt and the other nowhere near ready for parenthood. The scenarios are cheesy, quirky and cute, and, even if you haven’t had a kid (which obviously I haven’t) you can still relate to at least one of the characters in some way. They build on each of the couples’ relationships and show each of their reactions when they find out they are pregnant. Jimmy had been holding my hand this whole time, and when something sweet happened, he’d lean over and kiss my cheek. Or when something funny or feel-good happened, he’d squeeze my hand a little tighter. But about halfway through the movie when all the romance was over, the women started having pregnancy symptoms and the husbands got together for weekly “man walks” (a.k.a. bitch-sessions, which were hilarious), Jimmy let go of my hand and kept a disgusted look on his face. I mean, you should have seen the look on his face when one of the dads in the movie said, “You don’t know true love until you’ve wiped your kid’s ass.” It was priceless! When it was time for the babies to arrive, I caught Jimmy on the far edge of his seat, as far away from me as he could get without moving seats, and I heard a few “yuck” noises coming from him. DRAMA KING!!!! I could barely pay attention to the movie because I was laughing so hard.
So here I am, really into this movie, smiling with tears running down my face, and there’s Jimmy. Curled in a ball imagining his life coming to an end. As we were leaving the theater, I heard other viewers saying things like, “I’m going to go get pregnancy right now! Well, no. I’m not. But I would.” And, “That was so cute! I have to bring my mom to see it.” But Jimmy …. Jimmy said, “That was funny, but I’m gonna have nightmares for weeks!” And then I cracked up again.
So yes, the movie was adorable and I highly recommend seeing it, either in theaters or when it comes out on DVD in two months. It was sweet, funny, witty, serious and sad at a few times, and an all-around entertaining romantic comedy. But if you go with a guy that has fears about his life coming to an end because he has kids before he’s ready, you might want to rethink your movie decision, go see The Avengers instead, and wait and see it with your girlfriends!