Life As We Know It is a romantic comedy that looks great on paper. Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel are really hot actors……
Cover Art and Menus: 6/10
Both the cover of Life As We Know it and the menu are about as predictable as can be, with the two main characters and the baby. While both the menu and the cover are cute, they are just average, even if I would expect nothing radical or too different for this type of movie. I was a bit shocked to see that the menu on the Blu-ray was just a static shot. I mean come on, this is Blu-ray, with loads and loads of space for all sorts of neat stuff. At least show me some of the scenes from the movie.
- A Survival Guide To Instant Parenting – This extra is just interviews with the cast and crew about how to take care of kids – or in some cases, how not to. This clocks in at about 7 minutes.
- Katherine Heigl: Becoming The Best Mom Ever – This 6 minute feature focuses on Katherine Heigl, and her foray into motherhood, as well as her basic rise to fame. It is interesting to find out that Katherine became a mother during the filming of the movie.
- Josh Duhamel: The Triplet Tamer – While this says that it ia about Josh Duhamel, it really is about the 3 kids who take turns playing the baby in the movie. Josh did take the time to show up early before filming to get to know the triplets, and it is a heartwarming little piece on how he really did become attached to the babies as filming went on.
- Deleted Scenes – There are several deleted scenes that were not included in the movie, but with the pace of this film, I can’t imagine why there were not a lot more scenes cut. The scenes are not missed, as most normally are cut for a reason, in all films, but a few are amusing. I did love the first scene, where a kid is picking his nose by basically shoving his whole hand up his nose and Duhamel looks on.
- Digital Copy & DVD – Once again we get all sorts of ways to watch the movie, which is a good thing, if you love the movie.
The Movie: 6/10
Life As We Know It is a romantic comedy that looks great on paper. Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel are really hot actors, and have to much going on that it would appear that if you just add a cute baby in the mix, this should be a home run but there is just something lacking here, and I put it down to the predictability of the movie, mixed with a bad pacing of the movie that just makes it seem as if the laughs are spread way too thin.
The story revolves around Holly (Heigl) and Messer (Duhamel) who are single and start off their long relationship on a blind date that goes horribly, horribly wrong. We see Holly as a smart, energetic woman who meets Messer, who is a kind of slacker who has no issues getting dates. When the blind date fails to even start, the two (who were set up by their good friends) start a long semi-friendship based on tolerating each other for the sake of their very good friends.
When their friends have a baby, Holly and Messer are there, and when their friends are both killed in an accident, Holly and Messer find out that they are both given charge of baby Sophie. The two are forced into parenthood with each other as the other support system, and the results are (predictably) crazy and goofy. The two have no clue how to take care of a kid, and together they just barely scrape by. They learn to adapt, and after initially despising each other and their new found roles as parents, they eventually start to get the hang of it, as they constantly remind themselves that they are doing this for their lost friends, and especially for Sophie.
The movie itself has some very funny bits, and it at times is cute and can be semi romantic. As I watched though, the story meandered and floundered in the middle. It really made the story and movie drone on, and it made me less enthusiastic about the dwindling funny bits mixed in between. I truly think the movie could have been a lot shorter, and had much more effect. Heigl and Duhamel were both decent in their roles, and really my only issue was with the length of the movie, which really made this movie hard to get into. For me, since we knew where things were going I don’t think you should make the viewer reach the point where they just want to get to the end, which is where I found myself about 3/4 of the way into the film. Life As We Know It is a fun little movie, but it was just too long for me to really enjoy fully.
Audio & Video: 6/10
I was less than impressed with both the video and audio presentation on this blu-ray. I know that the film is presented with a very soft palette. It seems a bit much though, as it really is too dark and washed out. Details are pretty decent, and at times the soft shots work, but it gets a bit old. The audio was also soft, and not very dynamic. I don’t expect a romantic comedy to blow me away, but this was just overly average on many levels, especially considering the Blu-ray presentation.
This would make a good rental if you are into romantic comedies, and your female significant other will enjoy it (just ask my wife, who was a much bigger fan of this movie than I). Otherwise I am not sure that I would recommend picking this up for your collection. As with many of these romantic comedies, there are just so many that it is hard to want to own one that is not perfect, and this one is not perfect.
Overall Score 5/10