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Life as We Know It
Written by Sandra Fitzpatrick   
Tuesday, 12 October 2010 11:26

Life as We Know ItLife as We Know It could just as appropriately been titled “Romantic-Comedy as We Know It” since it is the same predictable formula Hollywood has been spoon-feeding us for decades. However a likeable cast and, of course, the charms of a cute baby, make it more like applesauce than pureed broccoli.

Katherine Heigl has at least halfway redeemed herself after the horrendously bad Killers, but once again she’s in familiar territory as a mysteriously single and blundering 30-something. Why does she always play lonely control-freaks? In this instance she’s a successful pastry shop owner who’s had her heart broken. Josh Duhamel (also typecast), is a womanizing cad who makes up for in looks what he lacks in charm.

Heigl and DuhamelThe only thing these two have in common is Sophie, the offspring of their best friends, who is suddenly thrust upon them when her parents die in an accident. To create a life for Sophie, they have to team up and try to live like a family. You know what comes next – a series of musical montages of the new parents loving to hate each other while baby Sophie calmly works her magic in the background. Eventually Holly and Eric are friends, and then more.

Heigl and Duhamel are both likeable in their roles, but it’s the baby who is the real star. Or should I say “babies” since Sophie is played by identical triplets. Filmmakers did a great job of capturing some really adorable moments that didn’t feel fake or forced. She has the most expressive face and overall I think she is what makes the movie really work.

Heigl and Duhamel have a momentMy main peeve with this film is the secondary characters that are all one-dimensional cartoons; there are the gay neighbors, the overweight busybody, and the judgmental social worker. And of course, what rom-com would be complete without a mad dash to the airport to wrap things up?

Life as We Know It has some touching and genuinely funny moments along with decent performances but should have avoided being so formulaic.

INFOKERNALS

Directed by Greg Berlanti, Starring Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel.

Sophie was played by identical triplets Alexix, Brynn and Brooke Clagett.

Mad Men fans will recognize Christina Hendricks as Sophie’s biological mother.