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Review: 'Expecting's' early glow fades into crassness
Review: 'Expecting's' early glow fades into crassness

Early on in writer-director Jessie McCormack's "Expecting" — about female friendship, marriage and pregnancy — there's an unhurried, amiable but tension-filled vibe that suggests Nicole Holofcener's perceptive comedies. Lizzie (Radha Mitchell) wants a baby, her husband, Peter (John Dore), might not, but they accept an offer from Lizzie's caustic kook of a best friend, Andie (Michelle Monaghan) — pregnant after a one-night stand — to hand over Andie's child to them when born. The movie's early promise fades, however, as an Apatowian crassness descends upon the comic situations, churlishness gets mistaken for rawness, and...

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