Life as We Know It (2010)

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Life as We Know It (2010)
  • Time: 114 min
  • Genre: Comedy | Drama | Romance
  • Director: Greg Berlanti
  • Cast: Katherine Heigl, Josh Duhamel, Josh Lucas

Storyline:

Holly and Eric were set up on a blind date by their friends, Peter and Allison who are married. After Peter and Allison are killed in an accident, they learn that they have been named as the guardians to Peter and Allison’s daughter, Sophie. So they move into their house and try their best to honor their friends’ wishes. But raising a child puts a crimp on their style and they don’t exactly get along.

One review

  • At first glance it is very easy to chalk Life As We Know It up to being incredibly formulaic. I mean we have seen this story time and time again. But as with the case of many genre films that doesn’t mean that it is bad. It does however mean that the cast needs to be solid, the story fun and unique, and it has to be entertaining perhaps more than just average. Fortunately Life As We Know It works in those ways exactly. It doesn’t blow you away and it doesn’t make any unique leaps and bounds and yet it is completely entertaining. Part of the reason the film works is because they also make sure the film is a romantic comedy and that part of the story really works. Chemistry runs high and the idea of being new parents, suddenly forced into the job adds to the fun rather than being the focus. I think what the film boils down to is the chemistry between the leads and it truly works. Although I don’t necessarily believe that the entire cast was perfect in the film they work enough to make it incredibly entertaining and that is all that matters.

    I have a distinct love/hate relationship with Katherine Heigl. She’s beautiful and down to earth and I loved her on Grey’s Anatomy. She has had some good solid romantic comedies in the past and she works well in this film as the uptight organized Holly. She isn’t the perfect person for the role I think but she does well. Josh Duhamel steals the film as he often does in his roles. Duhamel has charisma and it has really launched his film career. He can have chemistry with just about anyone and as Eric ‘Messer’ his wild and loose personality meshes perfectly with Heigl. They have great chemistry and their romance is what holds the film together. The whole fish out of water Dad story works well with Duhamel. Josh Lucas has a small but important role as the ‘nice guy’ paediatrician who gets the bum rush which is common for Lucas in romantic comedies.

    Long time Producer but new director Greg Berlanti probably took this project on because it is formulaic. I imagine this wasn’t a big challenge for a director and he was probably smart enough to just let the cast do what they could do best. The supporting cast were all acceptable and served their purpose but there was no stand out supporters. Equal parts comedy and emotion and all the makings of a great romantic comedy means this is the perfect date night movie, entertaining and fun and anyone can enjoy it. Definitely worth checking out because as formulaic and predictable as some might claim it is you won’t be disappointed. 7/10

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