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Plot: 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. Runtime: 114 mins Release Date: 06 Jan 2010
This is one of the best films I have seen this year. Very predictable but I didn't care. Everybody knows the two main characters will eventually fall in love...that is obvious...it's the ride getting there that is funny, delightful, and very touching at moments.The film has a very classic movie feel about it. If one were to remove the drug scene and the sex scene, I could easily see Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn in the two main roles.Josh Duhamel and Katherine Heigl both give outstanding comedic performances while being quite believable when things occasionally get serious.
Don't be dissuaded by poor ratings! (by poultrygirlaleka)
I went to see this movie despite the relatively poor rating, and was very pleasantly surprised. It turned out to be a solid, sweet romantic comedy following the ups and downs of parenthood with some real laugh-out-loud moments.My mother and I decided to go because we usually like Katherine Heigl and we weren't disappointed. She and Josh Duhamel are both great and there are some very funny supporting characters. The child actors playing Sophie were adorable! 'Life as we know it'was hands down one of the best movies we've seen so far in 2010; don't let the poor reviews <more>
persuade you to miss out on a potentially great experience!
This film was really well written and beautifully acted. Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel are completely believable in their roles and you find yourself rooting for this "would be" family as they are thrown together following a tragic accident, attempting to adjust to their new responsibilities as caregivers to baby Sophie who they both love as well as adjusting to each other - something entirely different being as they despised each other previously. It is poignant, funny and grounded in reality. You will laugh, cry and sometimes do both at the same time. And it offers some <more>
surprises along the way. "Life as We Know It" is one of the best films I've seen this year. I highly recommend it.
"Life as We Know It" is predictable. Not breaking news. 3 years ago Josh Duhamel as Messer and Katherine Heigl as Holly have a set up date by their best friends Peter and Alison Hayes MacArthur and Christina Hendricks that terminates in Holly's Smart Car. Holly despises Messer way too much. Life happens and tragedy unfolds. Peter and Alison die in a car accident. In their will, unbeknownst to Messer and Holly, the Novaks' name them as legal guardians to their 1 year-old daughter Sophie. Reluctantly, Messer and Holly agree to move into the Novaks' house, and raise <more>
Sophie until they can figure this out. Did Alison and Peter know something that Holly and Messer were clueless to? Do they fall in love, and transform into loving parents? Come on, we're smart and have seen our share of romantic comedies. Narrative surprise is not the strong suit of Ian Deitchman and Kristin Rusk Robinson's screenplay. In spite of all this, "Life as We Know It" is touching romantic comedy. Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel are awesome, and have a natural chemistry. Deitchman and Robinson's story strongly evolves. Director Greg Berlanti expertly orchestrates the right tone. Although, "Life" is romantic comedy, the set up is heart wrenching tragedy. The future of orphaned Sophie played by Brooke and Kiley Liddell hangs in the balance of whether Heigl and Duhamel can get over themselves. Heigl has a charming vulnerability and authenticity as Holly, who has dreams of expanding her bakeshop and dearly misses Alison, her personal rock. Duhamel is a nice surprise. He casually inhabits Messer, the Player who really has a big heart, by the numbers. However, Duhamel never overplays, embodying humanity and humor. With Duhamel we cheer for Messer's transformation. At the story arc, he confesses to Heigl, "Together Somehow we're a family." At times we're smarter than the screenplay. From the beginning we see through Messer's jerk facade, and distinguish the good man that he is and great guy he can be. Holly is too obsessed being annoyed, to see the obvious. Fortunately, Heigl and Duhamel are smarter than the script—hinting at the underlying love Holly and Messer have always had. Chemistry conquers a lot. Validation comes when Baby Whisperer Amy great Britt Flatmo says, "You guys make an awesome couple." Listen to the 12 year-old. Heigl and Duhamel are an amazing looking couple that has a very comfortable feel. What Berlanti does well is populate "Life" with quirky supporting characters and nominal narrative twists. Melissa McCarthy is good as the seen-it-all Mom DeeDee. Andrew Daly and Bill Brochtrup are funny as the gay parents Scott and Gary, who faun over the strikingly handsome Duhamel. Sarah Burns is awesome as the social worker Janine Groff, who warns Holly and Messer about complicating their relationship. Burns is hysterically touching as she becomes their biggest advocate. Brooke and Kiley Liddell are priceless as Sophie. Though hers is not really a performance, she is just being. There are the formulae high jinx with baby poop and babysitting duty. Conflict is manufactured. Messer is offered the sports TV director slot for the Phoenix Suns, which would displace him from home in Atlanta. Holly starts a relationship with solid Sam down home charming Josh Lucas , Sophie's pediatrician. Life is diverging. Here in "Life as We Know It" there is an upside to predictability. We cheer for Holly, Messer, and Sophie, because we see before they do: They are a family. Heigl and Duhamel are awesome, apart or together. They overcome a lot of the formulae. Being predictable is overrated, when you have great heart like "Life as We Know It".
Saddest comedy EVER! But worth seeing. (by JMarieS)
Although you can see the whole movie by just watching the previews, I still went to see it and was not disappointed.Let me start by saying this is the saddest comedy ever. I know, I know.. Obviously the original parents die so you expect the beginning to be sad, but it carried through the whole movie. But then again I'm one of those who start crying as soon as anyone on screen does. When I was not crying though, it was hilarious.Many are complaining about the ending be predictable, which is completely ridiculous. It is. But it wouldn't be a romantic comedy if the movie didn't end <more>
how we all want it to.The baby was cute. The movie has a good pace. The acting was good. And lets face it, it could be awful and I'd still watch it again to see Josh Duhamel.
What happens when your best friends try to set you up? Probably nothing remotely close to what happens in this movie NO SPOILERS , but the cast and crew do a great job of taking a close look at parenting from a variety of perspectives and through a comic overlay of the would-be romance between the wonderful co-stars. Here are these two very successful professionals, caught up in their own very different routines, confounded suddenly by the hardship of losing their friends, the reality that THEY are actually the best choices as guardians to young Sophie NO SPOILERS . As most parents and <more>
guardians can tell you, no amount of prior training or experience can make you the perfect parent but things come around eventually if you share enough love and dedication to the young person/people in your care. My compliments to the writers and directors as well as to the cast and crew.
Very Real for a romantic-comedy (by valerieschechter)
I am not a great fan of romantic comedies because, honestly, they all seem the same. This one proved me wrong! I actually laughed unexpected and even cried really unexpected during this movie. There is great chemistry between all the cast members . The premise that the story is based on is presented as very believable. I found myself immersed in the possibility of this happening in real life, not just reel life! I think the director brought out the best in the actors. Katie Heigl has more depth as an actor than I gave her credit for. Josh Duhmel proves to be more than just a pretty face. <more>
I really loved this movie and was so glad I went to see it!
These reviewers are WAY too harsh, this is a quite enjoyable film (by socrates99)
My wife's choice of film made me miss "The Town" and "The Social Network" which I preferred, but I'm not regretting this night. As a mere film lover, I have no idea how the two leads managed to make this script believable, but they did. Katherine Heigl is a known, reliable entity who's graced many a movie, but the real discovery for me was Josh Duhamel who conveyed all of his feelings to me, another guy, extremely well in situations I've never really encountered, perhaps better and more agreeably than any other male lead I can think of. Now I'm not sure <more>
why. The guy's quite a bit more handsome than me and everything's done with a light touch, but somehow, he's effective and simultaneously non- threatening, if that's the word.Anyway, this film is far from perfect, but what it's attempting to explore is a bit mind boggling. How would two people who initially dislike each other find enough common ground to come together in the best interests of a child? You won't find a 'how to' here, but all the small moves and incidents rang true to me, and the result in the end, seems quite plausible to me, at least. Things happen when two people get thrown together like this and I doubt you'll have it illustrated more enjoyably than this any time soon.
I Laughed, I Cried, I wanted more... (by goldfishchick)
"Life as We Know It" 2010 . Having seen the film myself I was moved with empathy when the character of Holly Berenson discovers the death of her two best friends. This in turn causes an emotional breakdown in the local police precinct where she is joined by Eric the other friend of the couple . I also thought the comedic timing was great as well with the chemistry within the cast. This was truly a film which held my attention. I laughed, I cried, I wanted more. The situation at hand was of two opposite people that have nothing in common; are abruptly placed as the legal guardians <more>
of their friends child, after the couple perish in an automobile accident. Soon after Holly and Eric Messer move into their friends home to make an attempt at raising the child. Throughout the film they show the difficult burden of raising a child before one truly knows they are prepared for such a step. The film concludes with a bond having formed over the three main characters Holly, Eric, and the little baby left in their care. This is a film that many should take the time to see and enjoy. The story shows how against the odds of tragedy two people can grow up and discover possibilities within themselves. The possibility to care for and further another human life.