What to Expect When You're Expecting

2012 PG-13 1h 50m Blu-ray / DVD

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What to Expect When You're Expecting

2012 PG-13 1h 50m Blu-ray / DVD
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This star-studded rom-com that takes its name from a bestselling pregnancy "bible" follows the intersecting lives of several couples who hazard the ups and downs of pregnancy and impending parenthood.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen 1.78:1
English, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Widescreen 1.85:1
English, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 15+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 15+
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age 15+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that What to Expect When You're Expecting is a fairly funny but also formulaic ensemble comedy with little resemblance to the same-named line of pregnancy health books it was inspired by. There are plenty of references to the symptoms and complaints of pregnancy, for sure -- expect litanies about "cankles" and bladder issues and morning sickness, much of which won't appeal to teens and younger -- but the movie is mostly about the couples featured in it and their adventures in baby-making and child-rearing. Cliches run rife (dads-to-be are scared about the prospect of fatherhood; moms are pushy and overeager), as do swearing (mostly "s--t," "ass," and the like) and sexual references/humor (though there's not too much actual action).

Sexual Content

Lots of talk about sex (or needing to have sex to make babies), but no nudity. A few make-out scenes presumably lead to sex. Brief discussions of sex positions and one sex act. Many references to body parts, including "t-ts" (a kid shouts this out) and vaginas. Kissing and flirting; a character flashes a photo of his girlfriend, who's wearing a revealing bikini top.


Some loud arguments between friends, couples, and relatives. One father makes digs at his son, leading to a face-off that ends up with a golf cart in a pool.


Language includes one use of "f--k," plus frequent use of "s--t" and words like "d--k," "ass," "p---y," "bitches," "laid," slang terms for genitals, "hell," "crap," "damn," "goddamn," "oh my God," etc.

Social Behavior

Most of the storylines promote the message that to be successful at co-parenting and relationships, couples must communicate with each other. While there are plenty of complaints about being pregnant and having a baby (as well as some sugarcoating of the joys and challenges of pregnancy), there are many discussions about the rewards of being a new parent, too.


Plenty of both subtle and not-so-subtle name-dropping and label-flashing, including Budweiser, NASCAR, Lacoste, Apple, Fisher-Price, Univision, and the ubiquitous Mini-Cooper and Delta Airlines.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Mostly social drinking, though it tips over into drunkenness in some scenes. One character has an outdoor bar that he calls "Margaritaville," and he likes to break out the liquor, day or night.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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