Year 2, Day 251
Movie #311~1,027: Expecting (2013)
Seriously, I’m glad you don’t have AIDS.
Plot: When a free spirited woman gets pregnant, she decides to let her friend and husband adopt her baby.
Review: Despite this film’s sloppy storytelling, it is an easy watch and an enjoyable dramedy with enough genuine funny moments and sympathetic quirky characters to make the shaky premise tolerable. It has a heart, albeit an unrealistically simple one, and is much more than a fluffy chick flick. Expecting has numerous faults (an unsatisfying ending being the killer for me) but it is still a nice little movie that tries something a little different than the norm.
What made this movie really work for me was the undeniable chemistry between the lead actresses. Michelle Monaghan and Radha Mitchell were completely believable as zany best friends, complete with inside jokes and adoption promises. Joe Dore and Michael Weston delivered their roles convincingly but it was the female leads that stole the show, especially Monaghan (who bared a striking resemblance to Emma Stone more than once - must have been the bangs and hair color).
Overall, Expecting is a smart, funny movie that successfully combines comedy and drama in a way that doesn’t seem forced. But the director had a lot of subplots to juggle and I found the execution to be a little sloppy and the ending a little rushed. It’s a good film that could have been a great one if the directing and/or writing was tighter. I don’t have any complaints about the acting, which was certainly the saving grace for me.