Life As We Know It (Blu-ray)
Holly and Messer are two single adults that have nothing in common other than the love for their best friends who just happen to be a couple. When their friends die in a tragic car accident leaving behind a baby daughter, they realize they need to step it up once they find out they’ve been named as the child’s guardians.
What’s funny about this film is that something like this actually happened to me a few years ago. A buddy of mine got married, had a baby, the house and whole nine. Then one night he invites me over and drops the whole godfather thing on me with the “in case we die” speech attached. Now thankfully they didn’t die, but the godmother was his wife’s best friend who they’d set me up with but didn’t work out. The relationship between Holly and Messer makes sense to me having been down a similar road and for that reason I was able to empathise with these characters and enjoy this film for what it was.
The only real stretch for me here is Katherine Heigl, I don’t really know why but I just don’t like her. Her acting is fine, she’s not that hard to look at and she’s even funny when she has to be but for some reason, I still don’t care for her. Josh Duhamel is another story. I dug him in TRANSFORMERS (despite thinking he was Timothy Olyphant for the longest time) and I’m glad he’s getting a run at some other roles because I think he’s got real potential. There’s a great supporting cast here as well with Josh Lucas leading the way but don’t let the neighbours fool you, they make up a good many of the film’s laughs.
The comedy end of things holds up pretty good for the first hour with lots of baby related jokes mixed in for flavour, most of which could be found in the trailers which is a bummer but they’re still pretty good for the most part. I was particularly fond of the hairline jokes between Messer and everyone else as my best friend Aaron’s hairline is receding a bit and I never let him forget it or the old “frosted tips” joke from years ago (you had to be there). There’s some golden stuff in there about how mind numbing the Wiggles are and trust me, I have enough nieces and nephews to understand how quickly you want to shoot yourself once one of those shows finds its way onto the TV.
LIFE AS WE KNOW IT may indeed be a romantic comedy (with a greater focus on the romantic side unfortunately) but this film scares the holy hell out of me. I’m a lot like Messer in the way that I have career aspirations and would see nothing stand in my way. I winced in pain when the shot at work he’d been waiting for presented itself and he had to choose. That right there is exactly why I’m not interested in children at this point as I’d never want to have to choose between something like that. Not to mention the fact that I sincerely hope none of my friends die because I’m godfather to like three kids. At the end of the day this is a nice flick to snuggle up to with your significant other and a definite eye opener to just how precious your free time (and choices) truly are.
Video: 2.4:1 Widescreen in 1080p HD with AVC codec. Most of this film takes place in best friends’ home so there isn’t much spunk to be seen but the season changes were pretty.
Audio: 5.1 DTS-HD in English, French and Spanish with the same subtitle options. There’s lots of baby talk, bickering and fluff music which is exactly what I was expecting.
A Survival Guide to Instant Parenting (7:12): The cast and crew of the film give some hilarious advice (that probably wouldn’t be approved by many parents) about what it’s like to take a crash course in parenting.
Katherine Heigl: Becoming the Best Mom Ever (5:56): Katherine shares all the funny, scary and touching moments she experienced while having to become a mom for the film.
Josh Duhamel: The Triplet Tamer (5:16): Here actor Josh Duhamel opens up about how he won over the hearts of his three little co-stars.
Deleted Scenes (14:42): There are a couple laughs here but this mostly consists of baby-cutsie stuff and a lot of kid-ish jokes so I can see why they were left out as there’s no need to overdo it.
Previews: There are also a couple trailers as well as both a DVD and DIGITAL COPY of the film.