The blockbusters and tentpole pictures are starting to come into view along with the smaller movies. Let's have a look at which trailers are doing the best job of making us excited to hit the theaters over the next few weeks.
What To Expect When You're Expecting (opening May 18) The Details: Yes, What To Expect When You're Expecting (rated PG-13) is based on that self-help pregnancy book that's been around since 1984. The episodic film has a sprawling cast headlined by Jennifer Lopez, Cameron Diaz, Dennis Quaid and current Hollywood It Girl Brooklyn Decker, but it looks like much of the comedic heavy lifting is done by comic heavyweights including Chris Rock, Elizabeth Banks, Rob Huebel and Bridesmaids veterans Wendi McLendon-Covey, Ben Falcone and Rebel Wilson. Kirk Jones (Waking Ned Devine) directs.
The Trailer: Surprise! Turns out pregnancy is more difficult than you might expect, and that raising children in the modern era is fraught with comic peril! Who knew? But what's really confusing is that the trailer makes it look like this is really two different movies jammed together: a female-centric tale about pregnancy and a Judd Apatow-wannabe dudebro comedy about childcare from the overgrown-manchild perspective.
The Buzz: My wife and I know like four or five couples who have had a kid in the last six months, so the demographic is certainly there. But I barely cracked a smile at most of the jokes, and with this many characters fighting for attention, it's gonna be hard to develop much empathy for most of them. There will be a lot of date nights based around this film, but I suspect most of the true target audience will wait until they can stream it amidst the laundry piles and baby toys that have taken over their living rooms.