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>> Friday, October 1, 2010


Why? Because. That's why. At least - my mom tells me that's a valid reason. However, that's not good enough to stop you from seeing a movie I know in advance is not worth your time.
Josh Duhamel and Katherine Heigl are likable enough people, don't get me wrong. Heigl was really great in Knocked Up (2007) and believe it or not I actually liked Duhamel in Win a Date with Ted Hamilton!. My guess is that's what lead each of them to this role (or their agents or whomever is to blame).

For those of you who haven't seen the trailer, Duhamel and Heigl are one of those couples you see who you know will not have a relationship in the near future. They argue all the time, never seem to be on the same page for anything and for all intensive purposes, loathe eachother. But wouldn't you know it, their mutual best friend dies and leaves them with the custody to her now orphaned baby. The thing is, is that they must spend one night in a haunted castle. No, wait, wrong movie. This is much worse - they must get a long with eachother and learn to not argue or the baby will go to an orphanage forever being cursed with the shame of never having a real family. Whatever. So Heigl and Duhamel decide to give it a go, and wouldn't you know it, that's exactly what they needed to solve their differences and become one, happy family.

I refuse to see Life as We Know It because it only enables the idea that struggling couples should have kids to solve their differences, when in reality said child will eventually take part in a custody battle ten years down the road wondering how the became that lucky kid.

Now, yes. I know this is an innocent comedy and like most movies where you can suspend your disbelief long enough you ultimately want a happy ending. But no offense, their friend is a bitch. Nice burden to put on a couple who would have most likely broken up at next year's spring break anyways. It's the same reason you don't get a tattoo with your loved one's name until you know damn well for sure they (like the tatt) are forever.

My prediction is that Life as We Know It will be a dopey comedy that will have a couple of laughs, for sure (that are all probably in the trailer), but in the end won't be enough to justify the $10 you'll spend. There's enough out there this month to see to keep one away from such a thing - even if there was time I don't think I'll be seeing this anytime soon. If only it was in 3D....


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