What to Expect When You’re Expecting

Release date: May 18, 2012
Over the moon about starting a family, TV fitness guru Jules and dance show star Evan find that their high-octane celebrity lives don’t stand a chance against the surprise demands of pregnancy. Baby-crazy author and advocate Wendy gets a taste of her own militant mommy advice when pregnancy hormones ravage her body; while Wendy’s husband, Gary, struggles not to be outdone by his competitive alpha-Dad, who’s expecting twins with his much younger trophy wife, Skyler. Photographer Holly is prepared to travel the globe to adopt a child, but her husband Alex isn’t so sure, and tries to quiet his panic by attending a “dudes” support group, where new fathers get to tell it like it really is. And rival food truck chefs Rosie and Marco’s surprise hook-up results in an unexpected quandary: what to do when your first child comes before your first date?
Directed by: Kirk Jones
Screenplay by: Shauna Cross, Heather Hach
Produced by: Mike Medavoy, Arnold Messer, David Thwaites
Cast: Cameron Diaz … Jules


Jennifer Lopez … Holly


Elizabeth Banks … Wendy


Anna Kendrick … Rosie


Brooklyn Decker … Skyler
World premiere: May 8, 2012 at the AMC Lincoln Square Theater in New York City, NY
Budget: $40 million
Box office: $41,152,203 (USA), $79,653,720 (worldwide)

Movie quotes

Jules: If I knew I was going to have a rack this gorgeous, I would have gotten knocked up years ago.

Production notes

“I think it’s very, very clever, this movie concept based on the book,” says actress Cameron Diaz, who plays one of five expectant mothers in the ensemble comedy. “I’ve always heard the title being talked about. It’s one of those books that have been around and a part of almost everyone’s life. When you read it, it feels like you’re getting advice from your best friend who’s been through it all.”

Among the five couples in the film, the one that faces the biggest lifestyle change with the on-set of pregnancy are Jules, a celebrity personal trainer with her own weight loss TV show, and her partner, Evan, a professional dancer. Played by Cameron Diaz and Matthew Morrison, Jules and Evan have become the favored champions on the current season of Evan’s show, Celebrity Dance Factor, and their three-month run has seen both their professional and personal lives become increasingly intertwined. “Jules doesn’t think she can get pregnant; but she does, accidentally, and it sort of speeds things up for them as a couple,” explains Diaz. “They’re both dynamic people with really busy careers, and Jules in particular is ‘Type A.’ She’s used to being in control at all times, and now that’s going to have to change.”

Awards and nominations

Nominated – Teen Choice Award – Choice Actress, Comedy