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Life as We Know It

Drama . Romance . Comedy

Holly and Eric were set up on a blind date by their friends, Peter and Allison who are married. A few years later after Peter and Allison were killed in an accident, they learn that Peter and Allison have named them as the guardians to their 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.

Actors: Christina Hendricks , Josh Duhamel , Katherine Heigl , Hayes MacArthur , Alexis Clagett , Majandra Delfino , Faizon Love , Melissa McCarthy , Jean Smart , Josh Lucas
Directors: Greg Berlanti
Country: USA
Release: 2010-10-08
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  • Rick Groen

    The dialogue is an occasionally witty cut above the norm, partly because director Greg Berlanti goes easy on those cute baby reaction shots, but mainly because of something rather more valuable: screen chemistry.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Pete Hammond

    The script, from first time screenwriters Ian Deitchman and Kristin Rusk Robinson, takes a predictable premise and gives it surprising depth.

    Boxoffice Magazine Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    The movie begins with a tragedy and eases into a more interesting blend of drama and comedy than we've gotten in this genre lately.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Predicating an escapist romantic comedy on a realistic tragedy requires a nimble touch at the helm. Perhaps if Life had been made by, say, James Brooks, it would have worked.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    As uneven as it is, Life as We Know It still goes down like comic comfort food, especially for anybody who's ever dealt with parenthood.

    Orlando Sentinel Full Review
  • Kirk Honeycutt

    Although wholly predictable in its every beat and featuring bland, unremarkable WASPs as romantic leads, "Life" is not without its charms.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Michelle Orange

    Despite these two actors' decent - and occasionally very charming - performances the film stacks the odds of the audience caring about Heigl and Duhamel against a narrative vacuum that favors eye candy and cheap effect over emotional logic.

    Movieline Full Review
  • Kerry Lengel

    Sarah Burns steals scenes as a seemingly prim social worker, and Melissa McCarthy (Sookie on "The Gilmore Girls") does the same as a pushy neighbor. The supporting cast serves up enough small moments of surprise to keep this formula flick from falling flat.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    What you may not expect is quite how satisfying much of the film is, with Duhamel turning out to be a very good sparring partner for Heigl.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    It's a predictable date-night diversion.

    Variety Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    A more contrived and tenuous premise you would be hard-pressed to find, although, since this is a romantic comedy, suspension of disbelief comes with the territory.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    Possibly because Heigl is one of the producers, the most beautiful woman in the film -- the stunning Christina Hendricks of "Mad Men" -- dies in an off-screen car crash barely before the opening credits are over.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Carrie Rickey

    With pratfalls and teardrops, the film swings from sitcom to sit-dram.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Amy Biancolli

    The movie's name is Life as We Know It, but that seems incomplete. The predicate's missing. The full sentence should be "Life as we know it is over," i.e., nuked by the sudden and irreversible arrival of a human infant.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    Life as We Know It gives bland and predictable a good name.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Stephen Holden

    It's enough to say that the bland romantic comedy Life as We Know It, in which there is not a single deviation from formula, is well made for its corporate type.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Keith Phipps

    Pity any poor kid stuck in a house like that. Pity, too, anyone who has to stop by for a visit.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    The sisters who play Sophie are adorable. And if you happen to be a sleep-deprived parent yourself, there are worse ways to catch a two-hour nap.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Lisa Rosman

    Brittle, workaholic and bitterly single does not a Kate Hepburn make, and in this latest screen iteration of The Taming of the Heigl, she doesn't stray far enough from her standard rom-com shtick.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Marjorie Baumgarten

    It's the best date-night movie to hit the screens in a while, which, considering the competition, is very faint praise.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Karina Longworth

    The feminine fantasies Berlanti seemingly seeks to stoke are undercut by a vibe that's weirdly misogynistic.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Andrea Gronvall

    The movie relies on the notion that postponing sex heightens arousal, but its lovers aren't any better matched post-coitus than they were before.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    So anyway, what happens in Life As We Know It? You'll never guess in a million years. Never.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Connie Ogle

    Sometimes I suspect there is secret high-stakes contest in Hollywood among filmmakers to try and come up with a movie without a single original idea. If so, Life As We Know It is a contender.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Cloying and at times annoying, Life as We Know It is egregiously manipulative, whoring itself out for a few unearned tears.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Richard Corliss

    Another dreadful entry in the festering form of romantic comedy: the forced intimacy of two people who have nothing in common but hatred for each other.

    Time Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    At nearly two hours, the movie feels bloated. It could easily lose 30 minutes, give or take, and live. It would still not, however, live up to its title.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    A sitcom pilot idea stretched to feature length boredom.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    The movie will surely find an audience, since it speaks to young people's anxieties about marriage and parenting. But what are two particularly engaging performers doing in a dump of a comedy like this?

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum

    There's something about Holly: She's the most ridiculous, irritating, two-dimensional rom-com heroine since...Katherine Heigl's last rom-com.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    This is crap as we know it, a 113 minute package of romcom suck.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
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