Life as We Know It

6 Nov

Title: Life as We Know It
Year: 2010
Director: Greg Berlanti
Writers: Ian Deitchman and Kristin Rusk Robinson
Starring: Katherine Heigl, Josh Duhamel, Josh Lucas, Christina Hendricks, Jean Smart, Melissa McCarthy, Hayes MacArthur
MPAA Rating: PG-13, sexual material, language and some drug content
Runtime: 114 min
Major Awards:
IMDb Rating: 5.5
Rotten Tomatoes: 29%

 

My review of Life as We Know It will hopefully be brief, even though the film itself I found to drag on for too long, because what I have to say about it I’ve said about countless other films like it, some of which also starred Ms. Heigl. Now, while this one is infinitely better than Ms. Heigl’s other film this year, which was the disastrous Killers, this one’s still rather bad, or maybe not bad, but incredibly formulaic. And I hate films in which I know what will happen at every single turn, especially in this one because Ms. Heigl and Mr. Duhamel actually had some chemistry, and had they been given nicer material maybe the result would have been something different.

This is a film that never deviates from the formula, a formula that, while nice when it was first introduced, has been overused one too many times for us to have stand it any longer, and, what’s worse, it actually doesn’t seem to be on its way out anytime soon. In all honesty, though, Life as We Know It is bearable, it’s nowhere near good, but it’s not horrible like that other film I mentioned earlier, and I guess it could have been worse if not for the good chemistry from its leads and because it had Christina Hendricks in it, however briefly, and she alone would keep me from failing any movie.

The plot is painfully dumb, but I’ll go ahead and summarize it for you: Holly and Eric, the characters of Ms. Heigl and Mr. Duhamel, can’t really stand each other, but they share some common friends, Peter and Alison, their best friends who are married and have a cute little daughter named Sophie. As romcom fate would have though, Peter and Alison are unfortunately killed in a car accident, and their will stipulates that Holly and Eric are now the legal guardians of little Sophie. Plus they have to move into their old home so that Sophie can stay in the room she was born in. And yes, Eric is completely irresponsible, cocky, a womanizer and a baby in his own right and Holly is of course super neat and organized and develops a crush on Sophie’s pediatrician.

Just from this you already know what will happen next, Holly and Eric’s relationship will evolve from not-being-able-to-stand-each-other into we-actually-rock-at-this-and-should-make-some-babies-of-our-own, yes, they will fight and in the end they will make-up, and just if you think this one couldn’t be any more typical, there’s even an airport scene. And in the meanwhile there will, of course, be countless of gags at the expense of poor Sophie and Holly’s and Eric’s inaptitude at raising a baby, and yes, some of this jokes will most certainly include poo, that’s just how it goes in these films.

But, as I said, the leads are charismatic and they have really believable chemistry, and that goes a long way in these films. We may all know that Mr. Duhamel’s character in real life wouldn’t be able to do such a 360 personality-wise in a short year, but in this film it works because of him, though it’s pretty much the only thing that works. Life as We Know It is, in the end, a movie we already know all too well.

Grade: C

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