I was a little taken aback when I saw the overtly male-focused trailer for What to Expect When You're Expecting. After all, What to Expect is a chick flick, right? Well, yes and no. It definitely has some major chick flick hallmarks (J-Lo! Matthew Morrison! Babies!), but it also has other elements that indicate it may be something different (Chris Rock! Brooklyn Decker! Jokes about bodily fluids!).
The film's marketers have even set up a Facebook group to attract male fans called The Dude's Group, named after the daddy crew in the movie. The group, comprised of comedians like Rock, Rob Huebel (The Human Giant, I Love You, Man) and Thomas Lennon (Reno 911!) hadn't attracted a ton of dudes. At press time, only 1,382 Likes, including a fair number of ladies, had been registered. However, it did appear to pique the interest of several dude-minded daddies.
Dudes will most likely enjoy The Dude's Group scenes in the movie. (I'm channeling my inner dude here to make such predictions.) After all, dads may be able to relate to the horrifying parenting confessions the dudes nonchalantly reveal within the sanctity of the non-judgmental Dude's Group: Dropping a baby off a changing table, picking the wrong kid up from daycare or discovering their child just ate a cigarette. Or, if the real-life dads can't relate, they can at least feel better about their own parental competence (and find the humor in the outlandish confessions).
Since women obviously aren't the only ones having children (and men are, in fact, a vital component of that whole baby-making equation), maybe it's not so crazy to think that men might actually want to see What to Expect When You're Expecting, too. Right? OK, maybe not.
While What to Expect has thrown in a bit more male-skewing material than its star-jammed predecessors like New Year's Eve and Valentine's Day, it's still not the kind of movie men are likely to excited about. In other words, it's definitely no Bridesmaids. (Although there are some funny scenes with Bridesmaids alumni Rebel Wilson, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Ben Falcone.)
As the movie title indicates, it follows five couples along their journey to parenthood, whether planned, unplanned or through adoption. It certainly doesn't lack star power: the couples are played by a high-wattage cast that includes Glee star Matthew Morrison and a very buff Cameron Diaz; a radiant J-Lo and Love Actually mega-hunk Rodrigo Santoro; 30 Rock funny gal Elizabeth Banks and the loveable nerd Falcone; acting vet Dennis Quaid and bombshell Brooklyn Decker; and Up in the Air sweetheart Anna Kendrick and Gossip Girl heartthrob Chace Crawford.
The subject matter does lend itself well to jokes about bodily fluids -- traditionally the domain of male-skewing movies like The Hangover or There's Something About Mary. Male or female, f you want to see Cameron Diaz puke or Elizabeth Banks fart and wet herself, you're in for a treat.
At the end of the day, What to Expect is definitely a chick flick. But dudes accompanying their ladies to the cinema on date night, fear not. The filmmakers have tried to throw in some relatable characters for you too. And hey, those scenes of Brooklyn Decker strutting around in all her swimsuit model glory probably won't hurt, either.