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Life as We Know It 2010

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Plot: Holly Berenson (Heigl) is an up-and-coming caterer and Eric Messer (Duhamel) is a promising network sports director. After a disastrous first date, the only thing they have in common is their dislike for each other and their love for their goddaughter, Sophie. However, when they suddenly become all Sophie has in the world after she loses her parents, Holly and Eric are forced to put their differences aside. Juggling career ambitions and competing social calendars, they’ll have to find some common ground while living under one roof.

Rating: PG-13 for sexual material, language and some drug content

Genre: Romantic comedy

Starring: Katherine Heigl, Josh Duhamel, Josh Lucas, Jean Smart, Christina Hendricks, Melissa McCarthy

Director: Greg Berlanti

Running time: 1:52

Kate says -2 1/2 stars “I will admit, watching a decent romantic comedy is a guilty pleasure of mine. It doesn’t even have to be very good and it will still provide me with a few pleasant hours of escape from the reality of life, which is usually decidedly not romantic comedy-like. I say thank goodness for that, but a real life running soundtrack for  my romantic-dramatic-comedic moments would be a nice touch.  Anyway, Life as We Know It is just what you think it will be, and that statement alone will be the best predictor of whether you like it or not. If you’re of the “I hate romantic comedy genre” then you’ll hate this one too. If you’re from the “Nothing like a good romantic comedy genre” then you’ll find entertainment is this one also. It’s predictable, it’s safe, it has it’s funny moments, it has romance, it has pretty people…Enough said.”

Ebert says – 1 1/2 stars “Awww. Their best friends are killed in an auto accident, leaving behind their cute little 1-year-old daughter, Sophie….Awww. Sophie is just as cute as most 1-year-old babies…Awww. This is really sad. Holly and Eric have to share the same enormous Atlanta mansion…Awww, this is never gonna work out. Eric is a tomcat on the prowl….So anyway, what happens in “Life As We Know It”? You’ll never guess in a million years. Never. You might just as well give up right now. I don’t like spoilers, so just let me say that Holly and Sam adopt Sophie and live happily ever after in the mansion. Awww.” (read full review)

Claudia Puig  (USA Today) says – 2 1/2 stars “Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel have an appealing chemistry, but Life as We Know It is tripped up by awkwardly fusing a familiar sitcom scenario with a tragic premise. Duhamel’s boyish charm and comic timing make the biggest impression. He has a winning sort of subtle self-mockery that works particularly well when the neighbors — male and female — fall all over him. It’s a spotty movie that at least attempts to ground its story in reality. The booze and weed situations, and the potty humor, provide silly slapstick gags while the story takes too long to reach its obvious conclusion.” (read full review)

Michael Phillips (Chicago Tribune) says – 2 1/2 stars “Compared to “27 Dresses,” “The Ugly Truth” and “Killers” …”Life as We Know It” does not crush your soul, does not turn Katherine Heigl into a shrill pain in the keister, only occasionally devolves into clumsy, poorly timed slapstick and outstays its modest but heartfelt welcome only by 10-15 minutes. I have a sinking feeling that me having had a not-bad time at “Life as We Know It,” which co-stars the appealing Josh Duhamel, means it’s destined to make less money than any of the above. For a film deeply into formula, both of the baby and the screenwriting varieties, it’s just scrappy and off-center enough to alienate a sizable portion of the audience. To which I say: Good for you! At times like these we must remember what that great, great Hollywood mogul Henrik Ibsen said: “The majority is always wrong.” (read full review)

Lisa Schwarzbaum (Entertainment Weekly) says – “D-“ “In the business-as-usually-awful romantic comedy Life as We Know It, Katherine Heigl plays Holly, a dithering control freak of a single career girl (you’re shocked, right?) unprepared to take care of an infant unexpectedly left in her care. There’s something about Holly: She’s the most ridiculous, irritating, two-dimensional rom-com heroine since…Katherine Heigl’s last rom-com…Josh Duhamel (Transformers) plays last-name-only Messer, the caveman hero so wrong for Holly that he’s bound to end up sweetly wiping the poo from her cheek…witless, unfunny, unromantic product, a comedy as disposable — and stinky — as loaded Pampers.” (read full review)

Roger Moore (Orlando Sentinel) says – 2 1/2 stars “Uneven and sloppily sentimental,  “Life as We Know It” is still the best Katherine Heigl  comedy since “Knocked Up.”Credit her co-star, Josh Duhamel for that. As he has done in many a less worthy romantic comedy, he amplifies her charm. And she, in turn, brings out his sweet side. And credit the script, which gives her more to play than your average “Ugly Truth.” And as uneven as it is, “Life as We Know It” still goes down like comic comfort food, especially for anybody who’s ever dealt with parenthood.  A baby makes us grow up and changes our lives and as this film points out, that’s not just a diaper joke.” (read full review)

Eric Snider (Snide Reviews) says – “C” “Life As We Know It” stars Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel as two people who can’t stand each other but must raise a child together after the baby’s parents die. In the process of caring for the kid, they fall in love. What’s amazing is that despite everything I have just told you, “Life As We Know It” is NOT the single worst thing ever created by mankind…there’s clearly no reason to watch this movie, and I’m not suggesting you should. I was just glad it didn’t make geysers of blood spurt from my ears, that’s all.” (read full review)

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