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What happens when it happens

What happens when it happens

USA 2012 - with Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Elizabeth Banks, Brooklyn Decker, Matthew Morrison, Dennis Quaid, Chris Rock ...

Movie info

Original title:What to expect when you`re expecting
Direction:Kirk Jones
Cinema release:16.08.2012
Production country:USA 2012
Running time:Ca. 110 min.
Rated:From 0 years
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Actually, TV-Fitness Guru Jules (Cameron Diaz) makes her candidates lose weight and get as flat a stomach as possible. Too bad her own is getting fatter every week. Because the in itself carefree affair with the dancer Evan (Matthew Morrison, "Glee") soon turns into a small family. And Jules first has to make friends with the thought of the upcoming offspring. The photographer Holly (Jennifer Lopez) only dreams of this problem. She has been trying to get pregnant with her husband Alex (Rodrigo Santoro) for quite some time. But since all attempts were in vain so far, the couple decided to adopt. But even this project is proving more difficult than expected. The pregnant young author Wendy (Elizabeth Banks) has problems of a completely different kind, because her husband Gary (Ben Falcone) has to suffer extremely from the competitive games of his father (Dennis Quaid), whose much younger wife Skyler (Brooklyn Decker) is also expecting a child. And of course this has consequences for Wendy's pregnancy. And finally there is the young Rosie (Anna Kendrick), who has to fear that a One Night Stand with Marco (Chance Crawford) has not remained without consequences. But would the attractive chef be the right person to take on the role of a permanent partner and father?

"Was passiert, wenn`s passiert" (What Happens When It Happened) is based, as was the case with the comparable ensemble film "Er steht einfach nicht auf dich" (He Simply Does Not Like You), not on a novel, but on a non-fiction book. Heidi Murkoff's "Pregnancy and Childbirth" was an international bestseller and is regarded in the USA as a kind of Bible for expectant parents. The open and sometimes very humorous style in which Murkoff wrote down her tips convinced the producers that the guide would be the perfect material for a great cinema comedy. With director Kirk Jones a filmmaker was engaged, who with films like "Lang lebe Ned Devine!" and "Everybody`s Fine" can show a quite decent repertoire of more demanding comedies. A very prominent ensemble of performers also gives reason to hope that this cinematic pregnancy course has a similar entertainment value as the book.

But unfortunately this is not the case. The gags are, with a few exceptions, served lukewarm at most. The staging lacks any form of originality, instead one cliché after another is ticked off and the whole thing is then covered with completely unnecessary sugar icing. At some points you can clearly see how good the actual intentions of the makers were. For example, the group of fathers who meet regularly in the park to live out their fatherhood according to their very own rules. There is a lot of wit in this idea, which also flashes through effectively from time to time. But whenever the humor finally seems to become pleasantly biting, the velvet gloves are quickly put on again to put the action back on the good track, on which this comedy drives most of the time.

Sure, if you like shallow US comedies, which are primarily aimed at a female audience, you might actually have something like fun with the sometimes over-excited hustle and bustle. For everyone else - and especially for male viewers - this film could unintentionally prove to be an extremely effective contraceptive. Because whether the viewers really want to become pregnant after a visit to "Was passiert, wenn`s passiert ist" (What Happens When It Happened) is questionable. Therefore: only conditionally worth seeing!

An article by Frankfurt-Tipp


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