Blu-Ray Review: Life As We Know It

After a distastrous first date for caterer Holly (Katherine Heigl) and network sports director Messer (Josh Duhamel), all they have is common is a dislike for each other and their love for their goddaughter Sophie. But when they suddenly become all Sophie has in this world, Holly and Messer must set their differences aside. Juggling careers and social calendars, they’ll have to find common ground while living under the same roof. Josh Lucas, Christina Hendricks, Hayes MacArthur and Jean Smart co-star in this tart and tender romantic comedy directed by Greg Berlanti (Brothers & Sisters, Everwood).

Duhamel plays Eric, a laid back guy who works for an NBA team – he presses the button to change cameras – has a seemingly unlimited amount of money, and always looks primed for a photo shoot. Heigl plays Holly; a headstrong, but ultimately uptight single woman, one who never has any luck with the guys.

Director Greg Berlanti does give the film a nice cinematic look — helpful in reminding audiences that they are, in fact, not watching a sitcom. Without the film’s loose, flowing cinematography, there would be little else to distinguish the show from any of the half-hour drek that appears on network television’s prime-time line-up.

Katherine Heigl plays essentially the same character she has in every movie she’s appeared in — apparently mistaking the art of developing acting range with going to the salon and getting a new hairstyle. Josh Duhamel does show he’s capable of genuine comic timing and could have a great career ahead of him — if he picks his films more carefully and stops making such cookie cutter features.

Extras:

“A Survival Guide to Instant Parenting” (7:12) interviews cast and crew for their thoughts on the world of raising children, collecting tips on how to deal with kids, discussing the way they instantly change lives. Since most of the cast are comics, there are a lot of failed attempts to make everything funny.

“Katherine Heigl: Becoming the Best Mom Ever” (5:56) celebrates the star power and talents of the actress, with interviews extolling the virtues of her work ethic and charisma. Talk of Heigl’s own foray into parenthood is also covered.

“Josh Duhamel: Triplet Tamer” (5:16) is more about the child stars than the big one, displaying the trust built between the actors as the film was shot.

“Deleted Scenes” (14:42) collects several slivers of character development and parental concern, but the major additions cover Messer’s single man conquests in the house, the addition of a nose-picking character, a cameo by Steve Nash, and video birthday card from the supporting cast.

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