More than you’d ex­pect

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - DVDS - WITH CRAIG MILLER

SO what to ex­pect from a movie spawned from the self- help shelf of book­stores? Well, be­ing in­spired by the mul­ti­mil­lion sell­ing preg­nancy guide of the same name it’s ob­vi­ously go­ing to be thin on plot­ting. And be­cause it’s a Hol­ly­wood ensem­ble rom­com it’s pre­dictable and su­per­fi­cial, but sur­pris­ingly there’s some gen­uine warmth to it too. With the book cov­er­ing far too many preg­nancy anec­dotes for just one cou­ple to face, the film sen­si­bly takes up the plight of a num­ber of mums- tobe, all who deal with their own is­sues about im­pend­ing par­ent­hood. No two preg­nan­cies are alike you know. There’s a Hol­ly­wood re­al­ity TV star ( Cameron Diaz), a baby- ob­sessed writer ( El­iz­a­beth Banks) and a pho­tog­ra­pher ( Jen­nifer Lopez) who plans to adopt. Like kids them­selves can be, this is all over the place but there are some de­cent chuck­les to be had de­spite the man­u­fac­tured pro­duc­tion.

Ex­tras: ★ ½ Just the one fea­turette which has snip­pets of the book’s au­thor Heidi Murkoff and the ma­jor cast and crew mem­bers chat­ting about the book, pro­duc­tion and rais­ing chil­dren.

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