An effort was made to try and keep this romantic comedy from going down the well worn clichéd path that many films of this type (opposites or people who initially hated one another) have gone down already. The result is still what you would expect, but the way it got there was a little different. That is the end of the good things I am going to say about this one.
Life As We Know It is a film divided into two. The first half of the film focuses on the baby whereas the second half (and the weaker one) is focused on Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel. The film is definitely aimed at the female portion of the population with the whole baby aspect and the eye candy (and not much else) that is Duhamel.
A few years ago Holly (Katherine Heigl – from television's Grey's Anatomy) and Eric (Josh Duhamel – Ramona and Beezus, Transformers) were set up by their good friends Peter (Hayes MacArthur – She's Out of My League, The Game Plan) and Alison (Christina Hendricks – from television's Mad Men) for a blind date. It does not go well as they are opposites, Alison being uptight and ambitious and Eric being a lazy ladies' man, and hate each other instantly. They vow never to have anything to do with one another.
This is easier said than done as Peter and Alison are soon married and have a baby daughter, Sophie. Suddenly, there is a tragedy and Peter and Alison are killed in a car accident. Sophie is an orphan. In this time of sadness, things go from bad to worse for Holly and Eric as a lawyer informs them that they have been named guardians of Sophie.
Against their better judgments, Holly and Eric move into their deceased friends' house and go about trying to raise Sophie. Now the two avowed enemies have to make nice for the sake of the child. Plus they have to learn very quickly how to take care of a young child.
Not much about the story makes much logical sense and the clichés abound, but I wouldn't quibble too much if the chemistry was good between the leads or that humour was in any way funny. Heigl's performance is so grating that I felt putting myself out of my misery at certain points. Her character reveals one more annoying characteristic to the next. Duhamel's character is so one dimensional that he finds himself with very little to do really. The humour and gags in the film are mostly poorly timed and just not very funny.
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