Life as We Know It

Life As We Know It Poster Josh Duhamel

Rating: 2.75 of 5 ★★¾☆☆ 

I liked this movie and I didn’t.

I like Josh Duhamel but he’s more fun when he’s charming and funny and he isn’t as much of either of those in this.

I don’t like Katherine Heigl that much, but she isn’t too bad in this character.

I think my biggest problem is that they didn’t play to Duhamel’s strengths and the story was really lackluster.

I mean, I get the premise with the baby and all the shenanigans that can create with an odd couple. But that’s just the through-line. You really need a bit of plot around these two people that supports their story and that engages us as an audience so that the through-line has something to run through (seems obvious, I know). And that’s where this movie really faltered because I didn’t care about her and her business or building or whatever. I wasn’t that interested in his job. I wanted something else going on with these people that I could engage in, that would give them a chance to connect and have a story so that the baby could then throw everything a bit haywire.

But I didn’t hate it enough to really knock any particular aspect of the film.

Writing:★★½☆☆ 
Characters:★★½☆☆ 
Performances:★★¾☆☆ 
Directing:★★★☆☆ 
Production:★★★☆☆ 
Overall:★★¾☆☆ 

July 29, 2011 | Review , | this post contains affiliate links