9. 'What to Expect When You're Expecting'
You wouldn’t expect there to be a good story in a bestselling pregnancy manual, but after watching this all-star babymaking bonanza, you’d be proved... well, exactly right. Cameron Diaz, Elizabeth Banks and Brooklyn Decker are among the gorgeous moms-to-be (ugly people don’t reproduce in the movies) helpfully demonstrating the joyful, painful and mildly hair-mussing consequences of being with child, while a perma-svelte J.Lo drums her fingers on the sidelines, finally coming into her own during a candlelit Ethiopian adoption ceremony that represents the worst kind of Hollywood cultural tourism. With the film’s single, economically stretched joke being that they all progressively turn into shrieking harpies as the big day approaches, it’s as misogynistic a film as it’s possible to make about many a woman’s proudest moment.
- Guy Lodge