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“Life as We Know It” - {Blu-ray}
Reviewer:
Wayne Klein
Studio: Warner Home Video
Genre:
Comedy
Release Date:
2/2/11
Special Features:

Featurettes, deleted scenes

Review:

It’s astonishing how a promising career can take a nose dive so quickly. Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel weren’t exactly going to be playing “Hamlet” any time soon (or, for that matter, “Inception”) but, really, both have made a series of poor choices when it comes to making movies. ***

Holly Berenson (Heigl) and Eric Messer (Duhamel) can’t stand each other. They couldn’t from the moment they first met but they do love their goddaughter Sophie. When Holly and Eric suddenly find themselves in the position as parents of Sophie, they find their lives even more challenging as they suddenly have to juggle parenting with their active social lives. ***

“Life as We Know It” is an awful clichéd comedy and every moment seems as contrived as “Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2”. It takes a special kind of idiocy to ruin a film like this that might have a chance at developing into a decent comedy. It takes a special type of idiocy to dream up the comedic situations and dialogue of “Life as We Know It”. The performances are just as contrived and poorly developed as the script. I realize that we must take all films for what they are—but this film is just, well, lousy.

Image & Sound:

“Life as We Know It” looks quite nice with a sharp, technical presentation. Detail looks quite nice and the oversaturated color scheme looks quite nice. ***

Audio is crystal clear which makes listening to the frustratingly bad dialogue a chore. The 5.1 mix is quite good.

Special Features:

“A Survival Guide to Instant Parenting” is an HD featurette where the cast chare parenting advice. ***

“Katherine Heigl: Becoming the Best Mom Ever” –If you believe that you’ll believe anything. ***

“Josh Duhamel: The Triplet Tamer” focuses on the working relationship between Duhamel and his co-stars. ***

We also get about 20 minutes of deleted/extended scenes that add nothing to the comedy. ---

Final Words:

“Life as We Know It” should allow us the opportunity to view better movies than this. I felt like I wasted moments of my life that I will never get back. That’s the worst sin of the movie of all—wasting the time of the viewer.

 

 
 
 
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