After a disastrous blind date we never want to see the person again. Ditto for Holly (Katherine Heigl) and Messer (Josh Duhamel). Life, or rather their friends don’t plan for that to happen when the follow up to that date turns out to be a nightmare of a lifetime. Or so they think.
Named as guardians of their mutual best friends’ one year old, they are obliged by law to bring her up together. As different as chalk and cheese, what with her being the workaholic control freak and he the lazy mo-bike riding player, they have a lot to figure out. They proceed to struggle with baby food and poop, baby-sitting days and ‘hatred’ for each other.
We all know that in a rom-com ‘hatred’ pretty much translates to ‘love’. The 2 actors have the right kind of awkward chemistry to suit the situation. While Heigl has her usual role down pat by now, Duhamel could do better with expressing. The permanent lop-sided grin doesn’t do much for emotion.
The story of a backward romance is definitely refreshing in the genre. They deal with some issues that women question themselves about. Questions of self, humanity and ambition. It doesn’t get too grave though, because the candy floss cushions it. The movie is predictable and any mushy romantic could direct the end. But which rom-com isn’t? It wouldn’t belong in the genre if the fairytale weren’t kept alive.
People pay the money to be wooed by a cute guy, envy the lucky hot chick and go ‘awww’ in the final scene. ‘Life As We Know It’ has all that! It’s the movie you go watch to revive your belief in love and happy endings.
If you are a self-confessed mushball, you’ll love it. If you are a cynical guy, your girlfriend will probably drag you for it.