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"Life as We Know It" Movie: Just Meh

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Genres: Comedy, Drama and Romance
Running Time: 1 hr. 52 min.
Release Date: October 8th, 2010 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG 13 for sexual material, language and some drug content.
Distributors: Warner Bros. Pictures

Director: Greg Berlanti

JJ Rating: C+

See it again: Never.
Own it: No way.
Recommend it to: No one. I don’t know who’d really LOVE a film like this. It was boring outside of the stars.

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Holly (Katherine Heigl) and Messer (Josh Duhamel) end up with a child because their best friends (who are married) die in a car accident. Life as We Know It.

The film had some great funny moments and great heartstring-pulling moments. Overall, the lackluster script dragged it down, as well as the running time. The only redeeming quality was Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel, who were pleasant and charming enough to keep me watching. Their characters didn’t have a whole lot going for them, but that didn’t matter when their acting kept my attention, for the most part. As the end crept around, I started to read my emails on my Evo. Why? Because it became predictable, and not in a fun kind of way.

“Life as We Know It” was a title of a pretty funny show about teenage boys that was on TV in 2004/2005 season, before it was canceled. One of the many reasons I don’t notice new shows that often. Why bother? They cancel the good stuff (Pushing Daisies) and keep the crap (so many doctor/police/lawyer shows to pick from). There was more care and heart in the short-lived series “Life as We Know It” than in Life as We Know It.

Did I have emotional moments watching it? Sometimes. Only because I could relate to a few scenes. Not much to do with the actual story. When Holly talked about how she lost a friend and couldn’t call her like she normally did, I felt sad. I could understand feeling like that. Life as We Know It lacked the heart and the connection it needed to be better. In addition, the almost-2-hour movie dragged toward the end. That’s why playing on the phone was more interesting. I predicted the rest of the film and did so quite well. The drag of the end put a damper on me liking this movie, despite the predictability of it.

I never thought it was going to be an awe-inspiring film. I did think it would be decent. Decent would entail enjoyable, funny, lovable, and hated by the critics because it’s not dark, depressing and based on douchebag reality (because those are the only films that win Best Picture). It’s just a Lifetime TV Movie of the week, and that’s not an insult to Lifetime, because their movies are better than this…just saying, with a smile and the charm of an unpaid movie critic.

Eh, there’s nothing more to say.