Posted in Movie Reviews

Life As We Know It

Director: Greg Berlanti
Stars: Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel
Rated: M
Date: 14 October 2010

With the exception of the following three movies: Notting Hill, Love Actually and The Notebook I’m not the type of chick who likes to watch a romantic comedy. It’s well known amongst those closest to me that I have a ridiculous Bruce Willis obsession and would rather watch an all out down and dirty Hollywood Blockbuster like Die Hard (yes even the fourth one). So, it will come as no surprise to you that sitting through Life As We Know It was painful. I went into this film really hoping for another title to add to my ‘romantic comedy’ DVD collection, and the prospect of Josh Duhamel in his underwear (and I’ll admit the same for Katherine Heigl) was reason enough to watch…so I thought.

We all know how this goes…Girl – Holly Berenson (Katherine Heigl) meets Boy – Eric Messer (Josh Duhamel), after a disastrous first date they realise they don’t want anything to do with each other. The universe steps in making them the guardians of one year old Sophie after her parents die in a car crash. They have to learn to put their differences aside and juggle careers, dating and life in general for the sake of Sophie, all while living under the same roof, blah blah blah we all know how that ends.

Is Hollywood incapable of making a romantic comedy with any originality anymore? Whilst I love Notting Hill it spurned endless amounts of sugary sweet crap that women the world over love…well not this woman. This plot has been done and dusted a million times over and is so blatantly predictable right down to the final minute, where in typical Hollywood style, everything gets wrapped up in a nice little neat ribbon and we all live happily ever after. Don’t get me wrong, this is cute, and Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel have great comic timing, but when you’re upstaged by a one year old at every turn, and your supporting cast is the only thing breathing life into this film, you’ve got to know you’re struggling right?

Katherine Heigl is a wonderful actress, her roles in both Grey’s Anatomy and Knocked Up prove she has the acting and comedy chops, but a string of endless romantic comedies no different to the last, including this one, has me starting to believe she may be a one trick pony. At least I got what I was expecting from Josh Duhamel, some rock hard abs on a funny bloke, but both still left me disappointed.

C’mon Hollywood, give me a romantic comedy worth watching again because this one was like every other one, predictable, right down to its core.

– Suzanna Parisi


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