<i>What To Expect When You’re Expecting</i>: Exactly What You’d Expect

Based on the best-selling life manual, What to Expect What You're Expecting is exactly what you'd expect it to be... provided what you're expecting is a glossy, obnoxious and thoroughly underwhelming ensemble comedy about the joys and terrors of impending parenthood. For a subtle, nuanced and genuinely funny depiction of this major life change, give the movie a miss and spend your time catching up on NBC's Parenthood instead, especially since the show has been renewed for another year of Braverman hijinks. But if you do decide to test your tolerance for cheesy sitcom-level writing, slumming stars and extremely forced heart-tugging moments, here are the ten most annoying things you can expect to see onscreen.

I Want My VOD: December 2013

by Ethan Alter December 18, 2013 11:22 am
I Want My VOD: December 2013

Men hating women? Oh, it's just another Neil LaBute film.

Indie Snapshot: Julianne Moore Times Two

by Ethan Alter May 17, 2013 6:00 am
Indie Snapshot: Julianne Moore Times Two

Having recognized that mainstream Hollywood holds few options for her beyond roles as mothers and/or cougars, Julianne Moore has established primary residence within the independent film world in recent years, where the range of characters is supposedly broader. For example, Moore's latest indie features The English Teacher and What Maisie Knew -- both of which have already opened in limited release in select markets and expand wider today -- cast her as... um, a cougar and a mother respectively. So much for range, I guess.

I Want My DVD: Tuesday, October 9, 2012

by Ethan Alter October 9, 2012 6:00 am
I Want My DVD: Tuesday, October 9, 2012

"Maybe this crystal ball can answer all the questions I have about Prometheus."

I Want My DVD: Tuesday, September 11, 2012

by Ethan Alter September 11, 2012 6:00 am
I Want My DVD: Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The Evil Queen abides.

What’s Your Number?: 7 Reasons Why This Movie Doesn’t Work

by Rachel Stein September 30, 2011 6:00 am
<I>What’s Your Number?</i>: 7 Reasons Why This Movie Doesn’t Work

Oh, Anna Faris. I think she's great, I really do. I root for her, so I hoped that What's Your Number? was going to be a fun combination of her raunchy humor mixed with silly rom-com clichés that I may or may not secretly enjoy when I do not have to critique it in a public forum. Unfortunately -- and I really use that word strongly -- this movie was pretty terrible. An identity crisis of a movie, What's Your Number? was so sloppy and relied so heavily on archetypes, it felt like watching an infomercial -- you know the extended one for The Magic Bullet, where there's the one cranky guy who hates broccoli and then the crazy old lady smoking the cigarette? Clearly, those writers have made it to the silver screen. There were so many problems with this film, in fact, I think it'd be fun to celebrate the premise and give you a seven-item list of what went wrong.

<I>Friends With Benefits</I>: Annoying Things Couples Only Do in Movies

Spoiler alert (in case you haven't seen No Strings Attached or any other rom-com in your life): at the end of Friends With Benefits, Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis are going to fall in love. What's also obvious? All of the annoying, unrealistic crap they're going to do to lead them to that point, which we see all the time in these kinds of movies. Real-life couples don't do things like jump over fences and stand at the Hollywood sign in order to push each other to be daring, as these two fated lovers do in the FWB trailer. And before we begin: We aren't about to shit on the classics, which is why we're going to point out the modern films that ripped off these ideas and made them the pathetic clichés that they've become.

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