In Life as We Know It
, Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel discover that their closest friends have appointed them guardians of their child in the unlikely event of their joint death--an unlikely event that has just happened. Make no mistake: There's no reason this movie should have been any good. The premise is the worst kind of formulaic Hollywood claptrap; the pleasant but cautious Heigl (Knocked Up
) is playing yet another uptight fussbudget; since a promising movie debut in the underrated Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!
, Duhamel has largely coasted on his looks in tripe like the Transformers
movies--yet Life as We Know It
is surprisingly likable. After the movie gets through the basic exposition--and navigates some radical shifts in tone with unexpected deftness--the script somehow manages to make its clichés into something resembling real human situations. The colorful supporting characters are all entertainingly written and well played by a solid cast. And both Heigl and Duhamel give understated, engaging performances that manage to make the inevitable conclusion seem almost not inevitable. Director Greg Berlanti (The Broken Hearts Club
) deserves kudos for skillfully balancing humor and pathos and turning this unpromising material into a sincere and enjoyable movie. --Bret Fetzer
Holly Berenson (Katherine Heigl) is an up-and-coming caterer and Eric Messer (Josh 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. But when they suddenly become all Sophie has in the world, Holly and Messer 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.
• Deleted Scenes (RT: 16:38)
• Neighbor Kid – Part 1,2,3
• The One Problem With A Smart Car
• Motherly Advice
• She Doesn’t Have My Eyes
• Messer brings home a date
• Shopping for baby clothes
• Understudy for a mom
• Where’s Sophie?
• Do you think it was a mistake?
• Steve Nash
• Neighbor’s Birthday Video to Sophie