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  • Summary: After years of struggling to conceive with her husband, Lizzie (Radha Mitchell) has given up hope of having a baby on her own. But when her best friend Andie (Michelle Monaghan) finds herself pregnant after a one-night stand, an unexpected solution arises: Andie offers to have the baby and give it to Lizzie. The couple agrees to the plan, on one condition: Andie must move in with them for the duration of the pregnancy. But can the women's friendship survive until birth? [Tribeca Film] Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Keith Phipps
    Nov 25, 2013
    McCormack admirably tries to squeeze a lot of real-world messiness into Expecting, but her film’s essential phoniness refuses to make room for it.
  2. Reviewed by: Dan Callahan
    Dec 6, 2013
    Expecting is a fairly laidback movie that isn't serious and isn't funny and isn't much of anything.
  3. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Dec 9, 2013
    Even when judged by the standards of broad farce, however, Expecting repeatedly strains credibility and defies logic in ways too glaring to ignore.
  4. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Jan 1, 2014
    The movie's early promise fades, however, as an Apatowian crassness descends upon the comic situations, churlishness gets mistaken for rawness, and sweetness starts to feel manipulative instead of natural.
  5. Reviewed by: Kimber Myers
    Dec 5, 2013
    All around, the performances are fine, but they can’t move past the script from first-time director Jessie McCormack. She’s created a group of people that you’d avoid at a party, and being stuck with them for an hour and a half makes you feel like you’re being punished for doing something really awful.
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