It shouldn’t come as a revelation that being a parent is tough. But when the message is delivered through a star-studded film, complete with funny punch lines, it serves as two hours of pure catharsis. What to Expect When You’re Expecting, based on the bestseller advice book for moms-to-be by Heidi Murkoff, hits theaters May 18 and features Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Elizabeth Banks, Dennis Quaid, and Chris Rock. You’ll meet five couples at the gates of parenthood: the celebrity couple who is unprepared for the demands of pregnancy, a baby-crazy author whose hormones are out of whack, an expectant trophy wife and her older husband, a couple who discusses adoption plans, and a one-night stand that ends in…well, you know.
The film’s premise is simple: having kids changes your life from the moment that second stripe appears on the test. If you need an even bigger dose of empathy for parenthood, check out these movies on DIRECTV.
Daddy Day Care
Eddie Murphy is Charlie Hinton, an advertising executive who doesn’t spend much time with his son. But after Charlie and his partner, Phil (Jeff Garlin), lose their jobs, Charlie’s wife has to start bringing home the bacon and the two friends come up with the bright idea of opening a daycare center. Rip-roaring comedy ensues.
Samuel Falkner (Hugh Grant) is a child psychiatrist with no children of his own and no interest in starting a family. But when his girlfriend of five years (Julianne Moore) announces her pregnancy, Samuel becomes plagued with negative thoughts about the implications of becoming a parent. Will he be able to come to terms with reality before the due date?
Look Who’s Talking
In this 80s classic, Mollie Jensen (Kirstie Alley) stars as a stunner accountant who gets dumped by the father of her future baby. While searching for a father figure for Mikey (voiced by Bruce Willis), she crosses paths with James (John Travolta), a cab driver who seems to be always around. Watch Mikey grow from sperm to reluctant newborn as a charming love story unfolds.