Life As We Know It

October. 02,2010
Rating:
6.6
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After a distastrous first date for caterer Holly and network sports director Messer, all they have is common is a dislike for each other and their love for their goddaughter Sophie. But when they suddenly become all Sophie has in this world, Holly and Messer must set their differences aside. Juggling careers and social calendars, they'll have to find common ground while living under the same roof.

Katherine Heigl as  Holly Berenson
Josh Duhamel as  Eric Messer
Josh Lucas as  Dr. Sam Nelson
Christina Hendricks as  Alison Novack
Hayes MacArthur as  Peter Novak
DeRay Davis as  Lonnie
Sarah Burns as  Janine Groff
Rob Huebel as  Ted
Bill Brochtrup as  Gary
Andy Buckley as  George Dunn
baby
godmother
death of a friend
romantic comedy
parenthood
orphan
godfather
co-parenting
legal guardian

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Reviews

Some Dude
2013/12/07

Too implausible to watch---It is a given that all non-documentary movies require some suspension of disbelief. However, they are still required to meet some level of plausibility. This movie doesn't make it.The entire premise of the movie is that two people who can't stand each other would agree to take on the responsibility of raising a kid for parents who never bothered to tell them they were appointed as guardians. This is simply preposterous on too many levels for any rational human to accept. Maybe if this were sold as a fantasy, it might have a chance, but I doubt it would work.I bailed after the first half hour.

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right left
2011/08/24

It's the Title Stupid---This is a movie that is actually saved by the Stars, Katherine Heigl & Josh Duhamel, and that doesn't happen very often (these 2 saving any movie that is). The movie is so cliché that you really don't get anything new except the combination of the two leads, and they look really good together. Everything about this movie is so "done before" for a Romantic Comedy, that you wonder if the Producers used "software" that automatically wrote, produced, & directed this movie for them, and all they had to do was punch in the names of the two lead characters. Sure, you know everything that's going to happen before it happens, but Heigl & Duhamel look so good together, that it's still worth watching. Even the soundtrack is "cookie-cutter", and leans more on the "bland" side, which is a bad thing, because you're actually not supposed to notice the soundtrack unless it's really good or bad. And then there's the "Title", which is sooo... forgettable, that if you went to the theater, and saw, "Life As We Know It", on the marquee you might think you were at night school for the Learning Annex. Someone, somewhere in the Marketing Dept., must be secretly laughing with great satisfaction, because they must have protested the use of this awful Title only to be ignored by the idiot boss.

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freeway-6
2011/08/16

Maybe You Have To Enjoy Cleaning Baby Poop---If you're craving something sickeningly sweet, something cloying and annoying, maybe this is the film for you. Here we have another ridiculously unbelievable rom-com written by a pair of writers who have obviously spent too much time in la-la land where they spend days, months, maybe years thinking up this drivel.Let's start off with the upper-upper middle class couple (Hayes MacArthur and Cristina Hendricks) with the adorable, but not so cute, daughter who just happen to live in a big house (which we find out later apparently has no mortgage) with a designer kitchen just on the outskirts of downtown Atlanta. Said couple perish in an accident twenty minutes in...plot point one...and their will leaves the paid-for house to at-odds godparents Holly (Heigl) and Eric (Duhamel). They fight, they make up, they clean poop that apparently smells very, very ugly, they fight, they make-up, they do all the things Hollywood writers think are cute but are actually so clichéd you want to scream at the screen. Add some icky music and songs throughout, suspend all believability, and it's life as Hollywood knows it.Katherine Heigl proves in this film that she should have stayed on TV, because she is not a movie star. Maybe it's the material, but didn't we see her do this shtick before? Josh Duhamel is believable in spite of the material he's given to work with. Maybe it's baby guilt that keeps him around, because Heigl plays such a convincing shrew he'd have to be a masochist to do otherwise. Loved the Thanksgiving meal Heigl created prior to her final spat with Duhamel. It ends with her walking out of the kitchen perfectly coiffed and dressed in heels, no less, with this designer, golden brown turkey on a platter. Utterly unrealistic, and as phony as just about everything in this turkey of a film.Later, after still another moment of introspection, Miss Heigl finally sees the light, and our leads get together once again. Only in Hollywood. Why would anyone living a real life even care about these imaginary characters and their superficial lives?

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Jim Powell
2011/08/14

Was prepared to not like this, but...---OK, so perhaps it's a bit formulaic. But getting through the process was unexpected. A very sweet story line, and some clunky transitions; however, the ultimate feel was very sweet and pulled at the heart strings. Life isn't simple, doesn't always go as expected, and requires a bit of effort. This film seemed to capture a wide variety of experiences and faced them with poignancy and humor.I truly was expecting it to be all fluff, or very silly, and I didn't expect the film to tell the story as well as it did. Insight into different families, good times, bad times, and the mundane. No huge laugh out loud moments, but definitely some chuckles. I'm glad I gave it a shot. Give it a try sometime, and you just might be surprised, too.

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tavm
2011/06/27

Life as We Know It is an okay rom-com/drama if you're in the mood---Okay, so Life as We Know It is a rom-com with some drama thrown in as it concerns two people on a blind date that turns disastrous the moment they meet but they can't get away from each other since each is a friend of one of a married couple that just had a baby. And then that married couple is killed in a car accident with the will revealing that the mismatched friends are their baby's new caregivers. I'll just stop there and just say that while I didn't think this movie was all that funny, and I didn't completely believe their falling in love when they did, I did appreciate that the movie did put some realism concerning the complications of raising a baby, financial duties concerning the house, and how jobs that take you away from your loved ones can affect lives. At least the characters aren't close to being one-dimensional like I feared so that's a plus. So on that note, Life as We Know It is worth a look if you're interested.

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Claudio Carvalho
2011/03/20

Pleasant Romance---In Atlanta, Holly Berenson (Katherine Heigl) is the best friend of Allison (Christina Hendricks) and Peter Novak (Hayes MacArthur). She is single and has just called off a three-year relationship and professionally she runs a bakery, is very well-organized and plans to upgrade her business to a restaurant. When her friends schedule a blind date with Peter's best friend, TV sports director Eric Messer (Josh Duhamel), their encounter is a flop and Holly hates the reckless womanizer Messer. However, when Allison and Peter have a fatal car accident, the godparents Holly and Messer learn by the lawyer that they have been named the legal guardians of Peter and Allison's baby, Sophie, and have inherited their large house to raise the girl. Having in common only their love for Sophie, Holly and Messer have their lives turned upside-down and need to support each other to keep the girl with them and honor the wishes of their best friends."Life as We Know It" is a pleasant romance, despite the tragedy and predictability of the story. I usually like the films of the gorgeous Katherine Heigl and the practically unknown Josh Duhamel is hilarious in the role of a wolf. Their chemistry is awesome, but the babies Alexis, Brynn and Brooke Clagett steal the movie. I believe that everybody that is experienced father or mother will recall their first experiences as parents and will love the troubles of Holly and Messer. My vote is seven. Title (Brazil): "Juntos Pelo Acaso" ("Together by Chance")

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bob-rutzel-1
2011/03/06

Well Done and Actually Funny---After their first date Holly Berenson(Heigl) and Eric Messer (Duhamel) don't like each other. They have friends in common and those friends die in a car accident and leave their daughter, Sophie, to both Holly and Eric (call him Messer) who are the God-Parents. Now, the games beginThis will start off sad, then it will be okay and funny in many places, and then later on a little sad again; then surprise, surprise, okay again. You were looking for a happy ending, weren't you? I thought so, but it takes some doing to get there. It's all in the telling. And, this is told quite well. And, to have Josh Duhmel and Katherine Heigl portray the God-Parents, well it just doesn't get any better. I think they are terrific actors and their chemistry was excellent.I said the sad thing because it is sad and tragic when friends die and then leave a 1-yr old baby with others. And, like it or not, I am sure things like this have happened. Maybe the title should have been LIFE AS IT CAN HAPPEN. So Holly and Eric (wants to be called Messer) are thrown into instant parenthood and go through those trials and tribulations just as if they were married and had their own kid. Well, almost. Many parents will see themselves in here.As far as the comedy goes, it was very good and I got a lot of laughs throughout starting with the first diaper change. Yes, that's always a good starter duty for new parents. The audience patiently waits for that one. Violence: No. Sex: No. Nudity: No. Language: Not really, but Heigl does mouth an F-bomb. You don't hear it and she turns away quickly so you don't see all.

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capone666
2011/02/10

The Vidiot Reviews...---Life As We Know It Nowadays, it's commonplace for two people who don't love each other to raise their child in a hostile environment.Surprisingly, while the at odds couple in this rom-com are doing just that, they're doing so with someone else's kid.When they first meet on a blind date set-up by their mutual friends Peter and Alison (Christina Hendricks), uptight Holly (Katherine Heigl) and free-spirited Messer (Josh Duhamel) vow to never see each other again.But their common connection makes that impossible. And when their friends are killed in a car accident, the pair must put aside their differences and assume custody of the couple's 1- year-old daughter and palatial home.With Katherine Heigl portraying another lovesick female browbeating a deadbeat male into submission, Life As We Know It is redundant. Furthermore, its formulaic nature is an affront. Besides, as a legal guardian, all you get to do is sign school permission slips. (Red Light)

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Gordon-11
2011/01/29

Fun, as we know it---This film is about two people who got set up by their friends, but the date dis not go well at all. Their friend died unexpectedly, and they have to care for their friend's child."Life as We Know It" is fun to watch. It's a formulaic romantic comedy in the sense that you know what will happen in the end, but still it is not so formulaic as it has there are lots of elements which are not usually in romantic comedies. It is not usual for romantic comedies to incorporate the frustration of child care, for example. The two leads are charming, believable and goes well together. The social worker is very funny too, but if she really acted like that in real life, she would not have been so professional!

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misa-782-458000
2011/01/23

Just another romantic comedy---I watched this movie because I quite like to watch romantic comedies and the plot seemed really interesting, but I'm sorry to say that I was disappointed by this movie.The beginning is good and it seems like something that could happen in real life, but later on the movie turns out to be unconvincing, for example the parts with the social worker are too crazy.I have to point out that the performance of the actors is good, they have good chemistry together and make the plot at least a bit believable.For me, this is just another ordinary romantic comedy (despite the tragic part), one of the movies that I struggled to watch till the end and I will definitely not watch it again.

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