Holly Berenson and Eric Messer are the best friends of a married couple with a child. Efforts by their friends to hook them up fail. He's a loose cannon, she has a "controlled" personality. They just don’t click.
The friends die in a car crash. They failed to mention to their friends that their will designates the two combatants raise their now orphaned child. Surprised but loyal, Holly and Messer reluctantly agree. Right on cue and true to formula, at first they don't get along, then they do. A truce comes, then love.
Reasons one and two to catch Life as We Know It are charismatic stars Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel. They're blessed with a snappy script and crisp, easy storytelling by first time director Greg Berlanti. An odds-and-ends supporting cast of neighbors toss off fun one-liners and add punch and humor to the couple’s humorless relationship.
What’s missing is surprises. Those who’ve seen film’s trailer at theaters or on TV know the whole story. All you have to do is fill in a few blanks.The real surprise is how this done-to-death love story hooks you and keeps you riveted until the Hollywood happy-ending melts the whole thing down.
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Rated PG-13 for mature themes. It opens Friday, October 8 at the Carmike 12 and the Fairchild Cinemas 12.
Mr. Movie rating: 3 1/2 stars
5 stars/4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen
4 stars / 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.
3 stars / 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on DVD.
2 stars / 1 star: Don't bother.
0 stars: Speaks for itself