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Unexpected

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Adoption dramedy falls flat; swearing, drug use, some sex.

Movie NR 2023 108 minutes
Unexpected Movie Poster: On top, a photo of Amy smiling and Bob looking perplexed, and on the bottom a photo of their wedding day, with Bob feeding Amy a forkful of cake

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Despite likable performances, this dramedy ultimately disappoints, feeling irreparably split between its comedy sequences -- which always feel a bit off -- and its overwrought dramatic bits. Some of the humor in Unexpected feels like it ought to have hit big, including Bob's quirky therapy sessions, his brief foray into reviewing World Music, Amy binging on fruit, a sequence involving pot-loaded cookies, and a rabbit's path of destruction, but it all lands soft, with nary a chuckle. On the other hand, the tricky material involving Bob and Amy's infertility and their arguments over adoption wobble between hysterical (Camp, of the Pitch Perfect movies, gets to scream many, many times here) and uncomfortable without being especially revealing. Camp is bright and plucky, even while her character spins a bit wild, and Mazzello is a sweet everyman, but it's Flynn who comes the closest to getting laughs thanks to the wry, grumpy persona he developed in Scrubs. But Unexpected even manages to dull that cutting edge.

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