Film Review: “Expecting” (2013)
Directed and written by: Jessie McCormack
Stars: Radha Mitchel, Michelle Monaghan, John Dore, Michael Weston, Mimi Kennedy
Lizzie and Peter are trying to have a baby through IVF, but are unsuccessful. At the same time, Andie, Lizzie`s best friend, gets pregnant after a one night stand, but she has no desire to keep the baby. She decides not to abort the child and knowing Lizzie is desperate to conceive, asks Lizzie if she would like to adopt the child. Lizzie accepts her offer, but can their strong friendship survive the pregnancy?
To be honest, I was not sure what to expect from Jessie McCormack’s film -“Expecting.”, and it’s not because this was her first major film, not at all. Sometimes, it`s hard to judge a film just by reading the synopsis. Some synopsis do not say much which means that you have to watch the end product and decide for yourself whether it`s a good film or not. And I am glad that, even though I am not a huge fan of such typical Hollywood comedies, I took the time to see this film.
Andie (Michelle Monaghan) does not want to have a serious relationship. She is happy with her life and has absolutely no intentions of changing it. Meanwhile, Lizzie (Radha Mitchell) and Peter (Jon Dore) are trying hard to have a baby, and as a result the couple spends most of their money on IV, but get no results. Peter is an unsuccessful realtor and has not sold a house in a long time. In addition, Peter has a brother, Casey (Michael Weston), who has just left rehab and needs some care so he will not use drugs again. As a caring brother, Peter asks Casey to move into his house until he feels that he can start a life free from drugs. But will they all succeed with their plan is the big question. And this is what I liked most in this film…
Jessie McCormack made her directing debut with this film. I have to say, from my point of view, she was quite successful. The story is written in an absolutely brilliant and funny manner. The characters are developed quickly, which brings the viewer right to the point. The way Jessie McCormack creates her characters is very interesting and impressive, and very much unlike the typical comedic movie where every single scene is predictable, without intrigue, and boring.
Jessie McCormack did a brilliant job in writing and directing this film to show the audience what it is like to go through such an experience. Michelle Monaghan as Andie, and Radha Mitchell as Lizzie, are superb. Along with Michael Weston, and Mimi Kennedy, as Dr.Grayson, who is deadly hilarious. She made me want to watch some of her scenes over and over again.
All in all, I found this film funny, sharp, and in unexpected way- brilliant. The chemistry between the lead characters was the crucial element and worked to put this movie on a pedestal.