What to Expect When You're Expecting Gets a Trailer for the Marginalized-Woman Era
I know we were kinda just talking about this, but at a point in time when women's rights and representation are threatened at seemingly every turn by bureaucrats, ideologues, campaign financiers and bald-faced misogynists, how predictable should it have been that the new trailer for What to Expect When You're Expecting — the best-selling, most influential maternity guide in the known universe — would marginalize the actual mothers and focus almost entirely on the guys? Don't change, Hollywood! Actually, yes. Maybe change just a bit.
In fairness to Lionsgate, the last time the marketing team went full chick-flick, we got a series of posters that had even the bodysnark-averse observers at Jezebel "hypnotized by the Styrofoam lumps they shoved under the stars' shirts." So to Plan B, as in "Boy": What's the worst that can come of enlisting Chris Rock, Dennis Quaid, Thomas Lennon, Matthew Morrison, Rodrigo Santoro and others to play up the fatherhood side of the equation? On second thought, with the male half of the ensemble mugging and contorting opposite various expressions of hysteria and breaking off one-liners referring to the side of the stroller walk "where happiness goes to die," let's not answer that.
Not to overthink the unthinkable, or unthought-out, or whatever. But with so much cynicism and garish guy-centricity in the air right now, this trailer seems just aloof at best and in appallingly, almost absurdly bad taste at worst. But you tell me?