Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Movie Review: Life as We Know It

This movie is more serious than I had expected it to be, probably because Holly and Eric's friends died in a car crash and left their daughter to both of them. Problem is, they're both single. And oh yeah, they absolutely despise each other. Still, that doesn't make this a bad movie. There was a lot of humor in the show, and it was interesting to see how two people who disliked each other so much could fall in love when stuck in the same house with a child.

That little mystery was one of the biggest reasons I watched 'Life as We Know It' - besides the fact that Katherine Heigl is in it - and unfortunately, Eric and Holly's love for each other just seemed to come out of nowhere. Up until more than halfway through the movie, Eric was having sex with these random ladies he picked up at the grocery store. And the one day Holly gets asked out on a date by her crush, Sam, and Eric gets jealous and wants to go out with her? I usually find that type of thing romantic, but in this film it just seemed stupid. Even though the two were constantly together, Eric never showed any signs of starting to fall for Holly: no glances, no flirting, nothing. Love doesn't just come out of nowhere, and even if it does, there has to be some sign!

One thing that struck me about this movie is how different Josh Duhamel acted. The only other movie I've seen him in is 'Safe Haven', and well, he's definitely not a selfish, woman-loving dude in that movie! I guess seeing him play a completely new character was just really interesting to me. It didn't affect the movie in any way however, especially since this entire paragraph was just a fleeting though during the movie, there one second and gone the next. Really, it shouldn't even surprise me that actors can act like different people, but it was just something I noticed while watching.

I'm sure there are people who loved this movie and adored the romance, but it just wasn't for me. If I was pushed I might agree that the romance was sweet, but there wasn't that bang you get when a couple first falls in love. It was more like a long-time couple falling in love for the second time, and I'm not even a hundred percent sure why since there's no love lost between them.

'Life as We Know It' is a great movie to watch at home with your mom, but it's not your classic romantic comedy. It's about two people coming together and coming to terms the fact that their closest friends are dead, they're stuck together, and they now have a baby. An original story that, while likeable, wasn't what I was looking for.

Movie Plot: Based in Atlanta, Holly Berenson (Katherine Heigl) is single, and runs a bakery. Her friend, Allison Novak, who is married to Peter, gives birth to Sophie, and makes her and Peter's friend, Eric Messer, godparents. Allison's attempts to get Holly and Eric together ends up in disaster - as both find themselves incompatible. Holly is attracted to Dr. Sam (Josh Lucas), and hopes to date him some day. Before that could happen, Allison and Peter die in an automobile accident. Holly and Eric meet with their lawyer and are told that they are now the legal guardians of Sophie. But raising a child puts a crimp on their style and they don't exactly get along.

~Watched the movie on my phone~

Title: Life As We Know It
Release Date: October 8, 2010
Director: Greg Berlanti
Running Time: 115 minutes
MPAA Rating: PG-13