Life as we Know It takes a crack at perfecting the typical opposites-attract set-up. The one glitch is this scenario has complications – a baby. So, how does “life” transcend from screen to life as we know and live it?
Life as we Know It (2010) Film Review
To share mutual friends doesn’t mean friendship will follow. Holly Berenson (Katherine Heigl) is a responsible, hard working woman attending culinary school with dreams to own a bakery. Eric Messer (Josh Duhamel) is quite the opposite. He’s irrational, never one to stick around in a relationship, but has a promising career as a network sports director for major sporting events.
Their friends Pete and Alison think they would be an ideal couple. Their blind date set-up has “disaster” written all over before it even begins. The night ends with both hoping they never have to see each other again. Little do they know this wish will never come true.
There is a lot to be admired about this story. It’s endearing to say the least, but sometimes the characters are morally screwy. Speaking from narrative perspectives, it’s one of the most adorable scripts ever. Unfortunately for its audience, with every encouraging glimmer Hollywood allots for some unfortunate missteps that cloud those bits of sunshine. We like happy endings; we want to see two likable, leading characters follow their hearts at credits rolling. There’s one glaring event in this film I’d like to have seen eliminated altogether, but I won’t share what because of spoilers.
As the script runs towards its inevitable (albeit rooted for) end,writers balance the sweetness of the story (such as Baby taking her first steps or saying “mama”) without letting go of the challenges facing Holly and Messer. Katherine Heigl is a favorite actress, so I am partial to most her roles, and here is no different. She and Josh are quite good together; I love their bickering and romantic sparks. Josh plays the stereotype role to perfection, but with this comes a predictable subplot involving a second love interest. Anytime two men fall for the leading lady, I cannot help but feel bad for the “loser,” so long as he’s a nice guy. In this case, it’s Sam (an under-used Josh Lucas). You “know” who will prevail by films close, so in that way, who cares? But on the other hand, wouldn’t it be a switch if for once, the joke’s on us, and the more stable and likable guy wins?
Lots of scripted moment will make you tear up, which says something in favor of the cast. Many profound speeches and touching moments accumulate which grasp better merits from the story. All in all, I won’t deny I had have fun seeing this (and still enjoy re-watches). I don’t regret that. What is regrettable is the fact that we cannot always applaud Holly and Messer’s choices; something that while not unusual is made worse by the presence of Sophie, someone very much affected by those choices.
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CONTENT: References to getting “laid” or “sleeping around” [including one crude reference to male anatomy] pop up often. There is about three implications of premarital sex. Profanity employs watered down uses of the f-word along with one nearly inaudible “f- you. Rounding that out is h*ll, sh*t, da*n, a**, GD and taking Jesus’ name in vain. There’s also drug use and references. The film is PG13.