Life as We Know It (2010)

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Dave’s 3-Word Review:
Practically ‘Knocked Up’

We now live in an age of film where we just have to sit back and accept the fact that some movies are just going to follow an overused structure and there’s nothing we can do about it. We have to accept that originality is turning into a thing of the past. Apparently, we also have to accept that actresses like Katherine Heigl are just going to do the same thing…pretty much…just because she can. I’m not saying this is Knocked Up, but Life as We Know It follows the same basic idea and no, there really isn’t anything you can do about that. Once you know that going in, go ahead and enjoy it for what it is if you can.

Unexpected kids can mean more than one thing, as this film proves. Apparently if you have a couple of awesome friends, you can leave them your kid in the unlikely event of your death…which is exactly what happens to Holly and Messer. Their best friends up and die all of a sudden, leaving them with their cute young daughter, Sophie. There’s only one problem…they absolutely hate each other and were never expecting to be legally connected for 18 years. Through raising a child together, they learn their best and worst attributes and begin to transform for Sophie.

I’m not entirely sure how many comedies there are out there about people having to raise a young child out of the blue…because they are all over the place. This one strikes a chord with Knocked Up mostly because of Heigl’s involvement. There are clear differences, but the problem is that…the heart and soul of the movie is remarkably the same exact thing. I won’t ruin it for those of you that are retarded, just know that as soon as the movie starts…and even before that…it is 100% predictable and cliché. Take that as you will.

The one weird element that the film apparently holds is the strange, unnatural flow between the comedy and the drama. Compared to other comedies, this had some really strong moments that will really connect with an audience and make them laugh out loud…and then it gets really dramatic. A lot of comedies are usually ‘dramedies’, but there was something about the writing in this movie that just felt abrupt when they shifted gears…almost bi-polar. Both sides of the spectrum I think were technically executed well on their own…it’s just the transitions that I had a problem with.

On the other hand, I actually really liked the chemistry between the characters. The transforming chemistry between hatred, respect, and love between Heigl and Duhamel is done a lot better than what they’re given credit for. Not only that, but the kooky neighbors are also very funny and they make the movie so much better than it could have been. As far as characters go here, this movie did things right. They also had a lot of success portraying the random pains of childcare beyond the cliché problems like diaper changing and whatnot. There is some originality here that will connect with other parents. That originality saves this film from going underwater.

The Good:

This is a very funny movie for those parents that had their ‘surprise’ kid moments. The ability to execute different ideas about childcare is done very well here.

The Bad:

Transitions between comedy and drama are way too abrupt and really distract the viewer, taking them out of the moment. Also, Heigl’s involvement is a little too reminiscent of Knocked Up, which may also distract the viewer further. Finally…it’s just really predictable and cliché throughout.

The Random:

For some reason, they decided to complain about the difficulties in taking off a babies diaper…everyone knows that’s the easy part. It’s not easy putting one of those things on. I’m just saying.

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