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Life as We Know It (Blu-ray Review)

3 Feb, 2011 By: Ashley Ratcliff

Street 2/8/11
Box Office $53.4 million
$28.98 DVD, $35.99 Blu-ray
Rated ‘PG-13’ for sexual material, language and some drug content.
Stars Katherine Heigl, Josh Duhamel, Josh Lucas, Christina Hendricks.

Life as We Know It shows what could happen when two singles are forced to rebuild their lives together around unfortunate circumstances.

When Holly’s (Katherine Heigl) and Messer’s (Josh Duhamel) best friends die in a car crash, they’re entrusted with raising the orphaned baby girl, Sophie (played by Clagett triplets Alexis, Brynn and Brooke). Holly and Messer can’t stand each other (they’ve clashed ever since their friends set them up on a disastrous blind date), but it’s their mutual love of their precious goddaughter that compels them to honor their friends’ final wishes — even if it means putting all personal plans on hold.

Life as We Know It is a captivating love story in reverse. Holly and Messer are handed this built-in family life and fabulous house, and then the predictable happens: They fall in love. However, their relationship isn’t the proverbial cakewalk. It’s the plot twists and turns that make this romantic comedy worthwhile.

Duhamel strikes a balance between a womanizing bachelor and gentle guardian, and Heigl shines as a Type A caterer and nurturing caretaker. Just as her character faces the daunting challenge of learning the dos and don’ts of raising a baby, Heigl was doing the same off set, as she became a mother shortly prior to filming.

In addition to the comedic flubs that come with learning the ropes of parenting, the supporting cast of neighbors does a commendable job portraying their own madcap modern families. Life as We Know It proves that no one really knows it all.

The cast dishes out their own priceless insights about childrearing in the “A Survival Guide to Instant Parenting” featurette. The Blu-ray also offers deleted scenes and two other featurettes that throw in lots of charm and keep the laughs coming.

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