Monday, October 4, 2010

MOVIE REVIEW: Life as We Know It

Guest blogger Liz Parker is back from seeing an advance screening of "Life As We Know It" with an all star cast including Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel. 

Is life good for bad in this movie? Let's see what Liz thinks...

"Life As We Know It" is yet another fluffy/so-so movie that puts most of its funny moments in the trailer. I was hoping that this would be a funny film, since I like both of the main stars in it (Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel), but it ended up being another case of a comedy that looks funny in its trailer, but turns out to be only mediocre in its entirety.

Holly (Katherine Heigl, "Killers") and Eric (Josh Duhamel, "When in Rome") don't particularly like each other, but they try to get along since they are the godparents to Sophie, daughter of their best friends Alison (Christina Hendricks, TV's "Mad Men") and Peter (Hayes MacArthur, "She's Out of My League"). When a tragic car accident leaves Sophie orphaned, they soon find out that Alison and Peter wished them to have custody of Sophie - together. Although they dislike each other, they try living together for Sophie's sake, and they soon find out that maybe they originally judged each other too quickly after all.

Maybe see this movie. The movie's premise was interesting but I was bored throughout most of it. Despite including such A-listers such as Heigl and Duhamel, and Josh Lucas ("Daydream Nation") in a supporting role as Heigl's boyfriend, the film was far too predictable, and it was a rom-com that I barely remembered the next day. Sophie (the baby) is adorable, and the house that Heigl and Duhamel move in to (Alison and Peter's house, which I found to be a bit weird) is gigantic and beautiful, but a comedy actually needs to be funny in order for it to work, and I found "Life As We Know It" to be quite lacking in terms of laughs throughout most of it. If you're looking for an enjoyable but easily forgettable movie, then this might be your type of film; however, with all the great movies out there right now (The Town, The Social Network, and Easy A, just to name a few), I would recommend choosing something else to see.

"Life As We Know It" opens in theaters on October 8th.

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Liz Parker is a 2009 graduate of the University of Michigan. She currently works as an Assistant Medical Editor for a pathology website. Visit her at her movie blog Yes/No Films

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