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Life as We Know It (2010)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 8 October 2010 (USA)
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Two single adults become caregivers to an orphaned girl when their mutual best friends die in an accident.

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Greg Berlanti

Writers:

Ian Deitchman, Kristin Robinson (as Kristin Rusk Robinson)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Katherine Heigl ... Holly Berenson
Josh Duhamel ... Eric Messer
Josh Lucas ... Sam
Alexis Clagett Alexis Clagett ... Sophie
Brynn Clagett Brynn Clagett ... Sophie
Brooke Clagett Brooke Clagett ... Sophie
Hayes MacArthur ... Peter Novak
Christina Hendricks ... Alison Novak
Sarah Burns ... Janine Groff
Jessica St. Clair ... Beth
Brooke Liddell ... Older Sophie
Kiley Liddell ... Older Sophie
Britt Flatmo ... Amy
Rob Huebel ... Ted
Melissa McCarthy ... DeeDee
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Storyline

Holly and Eric were set up on a blind date by their friends, Peter and Allison who are married. After Peter and Allison are killed in an accident, they learn that they have been named as the guardians to Peter and Allison's daughter, Sophie. So they move into their house and try their best to honor their friends' wishes. But raising a child puts a crimp on their style and they don't exactly get along. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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A comedy about taking it one step at a time.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual material, language and some drug content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 October 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Life as We Know It See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$38,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,506,464, 10 October 2010

Gross USA:

$53,374,681

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$105,734,416
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The film is included on Roger Ebert's "Most Hated" list. See more »

Goofs

When Janine arrives for a morning surprise visit, Messer is pulling on tank top, but intentionally has it the wrong way. However, the position on which it rests on his two shoulders differs; each side appears thicker in turn, as he put the top on different ways in different shots. See more »

Quotes

Eric Messer: If me at any age of my life could see me right now he would kick my cat ass, you know that?
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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.50 (2011) See more »

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Can You (Point Your Fingers And Do The Twist?)
Written by Murray Cook, Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, and Greg Page
Performed by The Wiggles
Courtesy of The Wiggles International Pty. Ltd.
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You and your better half will be getting your money's worth

This was a good combination of a movie which contained clichéd plot structure but strayed away from being too run-of-the mill for this kind of film. In other words, it got to the places that you would expect but it took a different route than you might expect. Josh Duhamel and Katherine Heigl were good eye candy throughout the movie, and the baby (like most) was absolutely adorable. The filming schedule must have been pretty spread out to let her grow probably as much as a year older (progressively), as the film itself jumps through its seasons similar to how Juno did. In fact, one thing really annoyed about this and I'm going to throw it out there right now... we all know that the NBA doesn't run through the summer, so why does this movie show the NBA running through the summer? I know there are summer leagues but this wasn't that. Anyway, just irritated me a bit.

There were many characters in this movie that had to help with the story's stability, but they were also in there for the minute giggles and frankly I could have done without most of them. Like I said with "cliché" moments, if you've seen one movie with these characters you've seen them all. Josh Lucas was the only person with a half-decent supporting role IMO.

This movie was somewhat divided; I don't mean this just in the sense that things start to go well then they don't then they kind of do again, but I mean in terms of focus. The first half is very baby-centric, and the latter half pertains a lot more to Duhamel and Heigl, where the baby is obviously used as a device to connect and/or separate the two. Said first half is what I really loved about the movie as I just love babies and it dealt more with internal resolutions, but it was cute enough to keep me interested anyway.

This movie works well with a female crowd, and it would help if you brought just one more along with you. Bring your wife, girlfriend, date... whoever if you plan on seeing it. For what it's worth, I enjoyed it with my company. The 6 out of 10 is almost as much as you can get out of me with this kind of movie. In all seriousness, a 6 is good... a 2 obviously is not, and this movie is not a 2. On a final side note, I love how Pearl Jam got a song in this movie. Haven't heard them in one since Eddie Vedder's original soundtrack in Into the Wild.


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