I Saw A Film Today… Life As We Know It

I dislike Katherine Heigl. It is not because if I were to ask any tween on the street what Gray’s Anatomy is, they would reply “Like, O.M.G, I love that show!” instead of “a revolutionary medical book from the 1850’s”. Okay, maybe that does annoy me a bit. But I really don’t think she’s a good actress. All of her roles are the same and nothing sets her apart from other actresses. She’s always the cold, career determined single woman with a high voice. But after seeing thirty minutes of Life As We know It while on break at work, I decided to give this film a watch.

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Holly (Heigl) and Messer (Josh Duhamel) don’t get along. They met on a disastrous blind date set up by their friends Peter and Alison that did not even last five minutes. The only reason they still have any form of contact is because they are the godparents of Peter and Alison’s daughter, Sophie.

But when Peter and Alison suddenly die in a car crash, Holly and Messer abruptly learn that the parents named them Sophie’s legal guardians in the event of such a situation. The two must learn to put each others differences aside and quickly learn how to be parents. But can they? Will their careers interfere? Will bills and finances build up?

Life As We Know it is a rather formulaic romantic drama but it was a better one than I have seen in a long time. It was well written and well acted. Even though Katherine Heigl does play the stereotype I mentioned above in this film, she does it better than ever and for once I had sympathy for her character. Josh Duhamel is also a joy to watch.

This film has some problems, such as pacing. Coming in at an hour and fifty-five minutes, there were a few scenes that could have been cut or trimmed down. And the supporting cast, with the exception of  Josh Lucas, was a stereotype from previous romantic films.

Even with these problems, Life As We Know It has a lot going for it. It has a soul that is missing with other films in the same genre. If you are looking for a good romantic comedy/drama, then check out this movie as a matinée or with loved one.

Verdict: SEE IT!

So have you seen Life As We Know It? What did you think? Leave your comments and opinions below.

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