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Life or Something Like It (2002)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 26 April 2002 (USA)
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A reporter interviews a psychic, who tells her that she's going to die and her life is meaningless.

Director:

Stephen Herek

Writers:

John Scott Shepherd (story), John Scott Shepherd (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Angelina Jolie ... Lanie Kerrigan
Edward Burns ... Pete (as Ed Burns)
Tony Shalhoub ... Prophet Jack
Christian Kane ... Cal Cooper
James Gammon ... Pat Kerrigan
Melissa Errico ... Andrea
Stockard Channing ... Deborah Connors
Lisa Thornhill ... Gwen
Gregory Itzin ... Dennis (as Greg Itzin)
Max Baker ... Vin
Andromeda Dunker Andromeda Dunker ... Mo
Jesse James Rutherford Jesse James Rutherford ... Tommy
Veena Sood ... Doctor
Eric Snellman Eric Snellman ... George
Theron Zahn Theron Zahn ... Steve
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A reporter, Lanie Kerrigan (Jolie), interviews a psychic homeless man (Shalhoub) for a fluff piece about a football game's score. Instead, he tells her that her life has no meaning, and is going to end in just a few days, which sparks her to action, trying to change the pattern of her life... Written by Greg Dean Schmitz

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Destiny is what you make of it. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content, brief violence and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

When the film was in development in 1998, Joel Schumacher was considered to direct with Renée Zellweger set to star, but 20th Century Fox wanted a bigger star and both Schumacher and Zellweger dropped out. See more »

Goofs

When Lainie tells her father she got the job in New York and he shows her all the videotapes he has of her. When she uses the remote to start the tape, the audio starts before the video does. See more »

Quotes

Pete: Do you have another cameraman who can make her look like a natural blonde?
Lanie: I'm a TV personality. My hair is my trademark. Just like the "I don't like to shower" look is your trademark.
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Connections

References Orange County (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

This Way
Written by Jewel Kilcher and Rick Nowels
Performed by Jewel Kilcher (as Jewel)
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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A comedy...or something like it
27 April 2002 | by mattymatt4everSee all my reviews

If it weren't for Angelina Jolie, I would've fell asleep through the whole damn movie. Jolie delivers another spirited performance, and she is an extremely beautiful woman with a smile to die for. But the movie is just dull, dull, dull. First of all, if the director wanted to make this a straight drama that's fine. Just don't market it as a COMEDY! If sentimental schmaltz with few or no laughs is your definition of comedy, then you're in for a treat. The director is Stephen Herek, who also directed the dull, forgettable Eddie Murphy vehicle "Holy Man." Like that movie, "Life..." is horribly uneven, taking a serious turn way too early in the film and never recovering. Despite extremely poor attempts, I'm pretty sure Herek intended this to be a comedy. Herek just has no sense of timing! And may I add, there are certain scenes in the previews that weren't used in the final cut--Why the hell do directors tease us like that?!!!!!! For example, there's supposed to be one scene where Jolie is on the set of a TV show and a light from the ceiling falls down, inches away from killing her. But there are no scenes where her life seems threatened. Instead, the movie gets preachy and sentimental about the subject of carpe diem and developing the all-too-predictable love affair between Jolie and Edward Burns. Like always, they start out hating each other's guts and about 20 minutes through the flick, they're practically soulmates. The character arcs are so quick and stilted.

I like Edward Burns, but he should definitely stick to independent film. I don't usually say this about directors, but he should stick to starring in his own movies. His writing is obviously much more creative than that of Hollywood screenwriters, who get paid 10 times as much as him. OK, he was fairly good in "15 Minutes" and quite good in "Saving Private Ryan," but he should try to steer clear of Hollywood.

Every scene is so dull and downbeat. Herek tries to redeem himself with pretentious fast-motion shots, identical to those of Madonna's "Ray of Light" video. If Jolie weren't the star, this film would be dead in the water. And Tony Shalhoub deserves better as well. I'm not surprised to see him in a corny flick, but he is an underrated comic actor and I loved him on "Wings."

Jolie decided she would take a break from movies after done with "Tomb Raider." Why, oh why, did she change her mind and star in this ultimately forgettable pseduo romantic comedy? She should've saved the blonde hair for a much better movie.

My score: 4 (out of 10)


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 April 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,219,234, 28 April 2002

Gross USA:

$14,448,589

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,872,671
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2.35 : 1
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