Human Interest

A cinematic guide to joyful parenthood

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 06 June, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 06 June, 2012, 12:00am

The comedy What to Expect When You're Expecting tells the stories of five couples as they prepare for the ups and downs of parenthood. The film was inspired by Heidi Murkoff's pregnancy guidebook of the same name.

Yet bringing the non-fiction book to the big screen was not easy.

The book helped co-producer David Thwaites have a better understanding of couples experiencing the thrills and surprises of having a baby. So he decided to make a film by interweaving stories about expectant couples in America.

Jules (Cameron Diaz), a star of a popular TV dance show, and her partner, Evan (Matthew Morrison), are expecting. But they soon realise parenthood is not quite all it's supposed to be.

After years of trying, child-advice author, Wendy (Elizabeth Banks), and her husband, Gary (Ben Falcone), are shocked to find out a baby is on the way. Meanwhile, Gary's father, Ramsey (Dennis Quaid), is expecting twins with his much younger wife, Skyler (Brooklyn Decker).

Photographer Holly (Jennifer Lopez) is close to adopting a child, but her husband, Alex (Rodrigo Santoro), is having second thoughts after attending a fathers' support group, founded by Vic (Chris Rock). Then there's rival food-truck chefs, Rosie (Anna Kendrick) and Marco (Chace Crawford), whose unexpected romance leads to pregnancy.

What to Expect When You're Expecting opens tomorrow