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October 3, 2010

Life As We Know It - Film Review

Is 'Life As We Know It' the new film from Warner Bros the same formulaic romcom/chick flick as we know it?  Yes and no.  Sure, the premise of girl and guy meet with hate at first sight is pretty tried and true in this genre but I found myself surprised by the depth that this movie went to and how it wasn't stuffed with meringue or cliches about parenting and sappy montages.  Instead, I found myself crying no less than two times, laughing out loud, guffawing and sometimes snickering throughout it. I was also genuinely touched by the chemistry that the stars Josh Duhamel and Katherine Heigl share with each other and the triplets used to play the baby in this film.

Want to know more?  Heigl and Duhamel play Holly and Eric two singles set up by mutual friends in the past who now find that they have been named guardians to these same friends only daughter, Sophie.  They don't see eye to eye but agree to raise the child under the same roof/ Over the course of a year (depicted by the four seasons) they undergo a variety of the same changes many couples face in the first year of parenting.  The cast is rounded out nicelyas well.  Heigl and Duhamel are supported by familiar faces from other television shows (Christina Hendricks from Mad Men) and movies, including a hilarious turn by Melissa McCarthy (Gilmore Girls, Mike & Molly fame) who plays their extremely southern-accented neighbor perfectly.  I just loved her in each scene she was in. I also found myself wondering why the actress Jean Smart wasn't included in more scenes. Did they end up on the cutting room floor? It made no sense to have someone of her caliber and comic-timing just sitting in the background. 

I digress and leave you with these thoughts- 'Life As We Know It' is a funny, heartfelt film that depicts many of the struggles two people face when they decide to parent a child.  You laugh, shout with joy and fury many times over, glug wine and sometimes watch a bit too much of the Wiggles.  That first year will really throw you for a loop and this film outlines all that in a wonderful way.

Watch a trailer hereOpens in theaters nationwide October 8.

MPR Rating: Five Stars.

Disclaimer:  Opinions of this film are MPR's only. 

I attended a complimentary screening of this movie to facilitate my review and received a gift card from Mom Central as a thank you for my time.