It’s exciting to see Shyamalan on such confident footing once more, all these years later.
In writer-director Jessie McCormack's debut feature "Expecting," the uptight Lizzie (Radha Mitchell) very much wants to have a baby with her husband Peter (Jon Dore), but she is unable to conceive. Her wild-and-woolly best friend Andie (Michelle Monaghan) finds herself unexpectedly pregnant.
"I don't want to have a baby, but to get rid of it at my age would be a little gauche," Andie tells Lizzie, and it isn't long before Andie offers to have her baby and give it to Lizzie. Peter, who doesn't much like Andie, is less than enthusiastic about this idea, especially when Andie moves in with them for the duration of her pregnancy. Adding to the pressure of this situation is Peter's drug addict brother Casey (Michael Weston), who just got out of rehab and needs a place to stay.
This could be the set-up for either a farce or a serious drama, but "Expecting" is a fairly laidback movie that isn't serious and isn't funny and isn't much of anything. All four of the main characters are irritating and off-putting, particularly the uninhibited Andie, who says any vulgar or insensitive or inappropriate thing that comes into her head.
During an ultrasound examination, when the nurse applies some gel to her stomach, Andie announces, "It feels like I'm being jizzed on." When she breaks wind, Andie calls herself "Gaseous Clay," and after the ultrasound, she says, "Seriously, I feel like Clammy Davis, Jr." Lizzie laughs at Andie's feeble attempts at humor, and Andie even makes a point of saying that she loves Lizzie because "you get my jokes." But "Expecting" doesn't make it easy to know how we're supposed to view Andie. At one point, Lizzie says to Andie, "I need you to get the Tourette's under control," but it's unclear if she is being serious or not. Is there actually something a little bit wrong with Andie, or is she just a generally obnoxious and unfunny person?