This weekend Katherine Heigl adds another notch to her romantic comedy belt – and, shockingly, people (chicks) over the age of 16 might actually enjoy it. Life As We Know It, also starring Josh Duhamel, follows the disaster of two single adults becoming guardians to the daughter of their mutual, recently deceased best friends. The Warner Bros. release is directed by Greg Berlanti and opens in theaters nationwide this Friday.

Check out the review below…

The Players:

  • Director: Greg Berlanti
  • Writers: Ian Deitchman, Kristin Rusk Robinson
  • Cast: Katherine Heigl, Josh Duhamel, Josh Lucas, Christina Hendricks, Hayes MacArthur
  • Producers: Denise Di Novi, Scott Niemeyer

The Plot:

Allison (Hendricks) and Peter (MacArthur) arrange a blind date for their best friends, Holly (Heigl) and Messer (Duhamel). Unfortunately, the doomed couple never actually make it to the restaurant, due to an immediate lack of chemistry – within seconds of meeting they can’t stand each other. A few years later, Allison and Peter are killed instantly in a car accident, leaving their baby Sophie, an orphan. They select Holly and Messer as guardians, forcing the two to painfully inhabit the same space to raise the child.

The Good:

  • Concept: Most romantic comedies in some shape or form are reminiscent of their predecessors. Let’s be real, there are only so many cheesy, chick-flicky story-lines one can write. Life As We Know It, though, features a surprisingly original concept.
  • Not All Gooey: There are ample “Aww!” moments to elicit female shrieking and swooning – but the framework of the story is undoubtedly tragic. Holly and Messer are not only coping with the death of their best friends, but they’re immediately tossed into parenthood – a totally foreign/terrifying endeavor for both of them. The silver lining: they hate each other. The “dramatics” are sufficiently overshadowed by good comedy and cheesiness, but still play a substantial role in the film’s makeup.
  • Not Painfully Predictable: Any moron with half a dozen brain cells can predict that Holly and Messer will clearly end up together. But the inevitable sparks don’t fly until the fourth quarter of the film. You really see them struggle to share space, make collective decisions, and acknowledge their feelings for each other. Berlanti makes them work for it, and the audience wait for it. This build is obviously conducive to a stronger pay off.
  • Duhamel: The man is a dream boat, that goes without saying. But he’s surprisingly funny, and surprisingly believable. Who knew?!

The Good/Bad:

  • Heigl: In every romantic comedy Heigl makes the same choices. Don’t get me wrong – it works for chick flicks, but it’d be nice to see a little variation.
  • Cheese: Again, this is a romantic comedy. Expect everything that comes with that territory.

Overall:

It’s better than your average chick flick – but a chick flick none the less. Decide for yourself.

Rating: 7/10

Life as We Know It opens in theaters nationwide October 8th.

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Do you plan on seeing Life as We Know it this weekend?