Starring: Katherine Heigl, Josh Duhamel, Josh Lucas, Christina Hendricks, Jean Smart
Directed by: Greg Berlanti
It seems that comedies now love to change the normal routine of having a baby. First it was The Back Up Plan where Jennifer Lopez decided to first have babies and then look for a man. Now it is time for another way of putting the three elements of a family mixed; the mother, the father and the child.
I have to admit that I watched Life As We Know it on the plane on my way to New York. I did have a wide choice of movies to watch: from Salt to Inception and other comedies such as Dinner with the Schmucks, but I wanted to give Life As We Know it a try. Maybe hoping to find Heigl in a different role, despite her taking all romantic comedies lately.
In Life As We Know it two single adults (Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel) become caregivers to an orphaned girl when their mutual best friends die in an accident. The plot is pretty predictable and some of the jokes were already done before. Still in this mixture of laugh, stereotypes and other baby associated issues, such as vomits, there is a strong and clear message; commitment and unexpected life changes.
The movie might sound like another romantic comedy and it is, but there is a different moral despite the too many baby jokes; commitment when needed, there is a time in life when we have to stop being carefree and start taking care of others and ourselves when the time comes. Sure it doesn’t represent reality; it is much easier and funnier than it is in real life. And for a change, actors are surprisingly attractive. But at the end, it is a movie worth watching and it is not bad as it seems to be.
Heigl performance was good but nothing exceptional; she was like any other romantic comedies she starred in. Duhamel on the other hand, proved he can act not only in TV series, but also on big screens. Probably the best performance was of Sophie; the baby girl played by Alexis Clagett, Brynn Clagett and Brooke Clagett, triplets, with their little experience and first time acting proved to be convincing, fresh and entertaining.