Life as We Know It

Life as We Know It

Greg Berlanti (2010)

109min
12 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
They can't stand each other, but they have to raise a child together. That's the premise of this unlikely, uneven and unlikeable comedy drama starring Katherine Heigl (27 Dresses) and Josh Duhamel (the Transformers films). They play warring acquaintances who become instant parents when their mutual best friends die and leave them as legal guardians of their daughter. The two leads have screen appeal, but the chemistry between them is thin, while the story is hackneyed and far-fetched; leaving a child to two workaholic narcissists doesn't ring true, and neither does Heigl running into Dr Right (Josh Lucas) within minutes of becoming a "mother". And the overly candid woman from Child Protective Services adds an extra frisson of risibility. Despite the morbid premise, the few poignant moments that exist are believable, if brief; Heigl in particular acquits herself well. Look out for Christina Hendricks (Mad Men) in a brief supporting role.

Summary

A couple try to matchmake the godparents of their baby daughter, resulting in a disastrous date. When the devoted parents are killed in a tragic accident, the mismatched duo are named as the child's legal guardians, forcing them to try to put their differences aside and live together. Comedy, with Katherine Heigl, Josh Duhamel and Josh Lucas.

Cast & Crew

Holly Berenson Katherine Heigl
Eric Messer Josh Duhamel
Sam Josh Lucas
Peter Novak Hayes MacArthur
Alison Novak Christina Hendricks
Janine Groff Sarah Burns
Beth Jessica St Clair
Amy Britt Flatmo
Director Greg Berlanti
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner BrosGuidance: sex scenesAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 8 Oct 2010
Comedy