Life As We Know It
It’s not often that a romantic comedy has you wishing that your lawyer was on speed dial, or asking yourself “what if” questions, or laughing uncomfortably because “yes, that is how it is”. Maybe this is a new genre – Romantic Comedy Upsized?
Life As We Know It opens with Holly (Katherine Heigl) getting ready for a date with her best friend’s husband’s best friend, Messer (Josh Duhamel) – confused!?. It ends disasterously…. and Holly seems destined to always be the bridesmaid and never-the-bride (oh, hang on, haven’t we seen that before? And seriously, why is it that someone so gorgeous and successful can’t find Mr Right?), while Messer continues happily in his life of no commitment and one meaningless one-night-stand after another. Admittedly, this all has me anticipating your typical sequence of events where, over years of path crossing, Holly and Messer eventually fall madly, deeply in love and live happily ever after. And that kind-of happens.
Instead of crossing paths though, life throws both Holly and Messer together, into an unforeseen situation when tragically, their best friends die in a car accident, leaving them as named, legal guardians of their one year old daughter, Sophie. (This is where the mother in me started drafting a will). Both feel they are inadequate for such a responsibility and struggle in their attempt to step into the family mold left behind by their friends. They realize eventually that they can make it work if they create their own family unit – as two single, extremely attractive, professional people raising their God-daughter…… and, as in most romantic comedies, love enters unsurprisingly, and two become…. well, three.
All the elements of a feel-good movie are used in Life As We Know It. Not only are the main characters wonderful to look at, they are able to deliver their witty script convincingly, and bring on the appropriate amount of emotion when needed. The supporting cast provide a lot of entertainment too. Dr-Other-Love-Interest is both dashing and dreamy….and grabs you enough to believe that he could, or should, be the one for Holly. It’s uncomfortable when it turns out he’s not.
The incredible over-sized, over-furnished, immaculate and “as if” suburban home Holly and Messer inherit with Sophie, comes with accessories in the form of overly helpful, friendly and very interested neighbours (stereotyped gay couple included). They appear often at different occasions…usually all together… bearing meals, parenting advise and relationship“realness”which would have parents both laughing and cringing at the truth. Messer proves a hit with the female contingent with his manly motorbike and his very good self-maintenance, while Holly pleases the world with her ability to create amazing cakes, and make perfect turkey stuffing, all with great hair and make-up. She is also revolutionizing baby food.
I approached Life As We Know It with no expectations other than I was going to see a romantic comedy, get a few good, cheap laughs and have a few warm-fuzzy-love moments. I was pleasantly surprised to get the upsize of that : A few good laughs, a few emotional moments, a few warm-fuzzy-love moments – and a challenge to bake and decorate a cake while wearing ridiculously impractical, yet so, SO fabulous, high heels.
Reviewed by: A Delightful Diva