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.
I still can’t decide how to categorize this movie. It’s not just a chick flick, but it’s not exactly a family film, either. Not that this movie is confused— oh no, absolutely not! I’m pretty certain that the makers of Life as We Know It know what they’re doing.
It’s definitely a comedy, there’s no doubt about that. We were barely 5 minutes into the film and the whole theater was already laughing out loud.
It’s also romantic, if you’re into couples who argue the moment they met. (I for one, love watching sparring pair-ups!)
I’m pretty certain that kids won’t get anything in this movie, so I guess that rules out the family film category. But, the thing is: Life As We Know It IS about family. It’s about a pair of frenemies who are tasked to raise a child. True, I’m no mother yet so I can’t really judge from experience, but the situations in the film felt realistic to me. And it’s not just a rehashing of the usual comedic anecdotes of family life, nor is it an overexaggeration of those. (I’ve seen family movies who do that. Meh.)
But here’s what I am certain of: this movie is completely enjoyable. Katherine Heigl is…the usual Katherine Heigl. I’m wishing Hollywood would give her other roles, really. Josh Duhamel performed handsomely—and I’m not just talking about physical looks here. And the Clagett triplets did a spectacular job as Sophie. I am in love with Sophie, I really am. The cast is solid and flawless in slipping into their roles, I think, including the supporting characters.
That’s what I love most about this movie: it’s simple, straightforward, and realistic. I was sucked into the story immediately, and it made me think what I would do if I was in their shoes.
Life As We Know It is a hilarious, heart-warming movie. It makes you laugh hysterically, it makes you giggle a bit (or at the very least smile, if you’re not a giggler), and it pinches your heart a just a little bit and makes you fall in love. =
Life as We Know It opens October 20, 2010 in Philippine cinemas. Directed by Greg Berlanti from a screenplay by first time feature writers Ian Deitchman & Kristin Rusk Robinson. Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.