Lucky me, I actually got to go on a date with my husband last night, thanks to Mom Central! We were invited to see a pre-screening of Life As We Know It starring Kathryn Heigl and Josh Duhamel. I had seen a few commercials for the movie and it looked really entertaining, but you never know until you actually get there if the movie lives up to the hype.
Well, I'm here to tell you, the movie is really, really funny and touching at the same time. The basic premise of the movie is this:
"After a disastrous first date, the only thing Holly, an up and coming caterer, and Eric, a network sports director, have in common is their dislike for each other and their love for their goddaughter Sophie. But when they suddenly become all Sophie has in the world, Holly and Eric are forced to put their differences aside and juggle career ambitions and competing social calendars to find some common ground while living under one roof."
First of all, I had to laugh at the whole Holly/Eric relationship, because we all have single friends like those two characters...the ones who irritate each other so badly, but would really be a great couple!? The casting for those two parts was so dead on! Kathryn Heigl and Josh Duhamel made such a cute couple and they played off each other really well!!
So Holly (Kathryn Heigl) and Eric (Josh Duhamel) get thrown into the whole parenting thing with no warning and have to figure out how to deal with each other and a child, as well as the loss of their best friends. As life issues go, definitely not how I would want to start my child-rearing gig. But as a parent, there was so much about this movie that I could relate to. The thought of a child losing her parents immediately triggered my nurturing side and I was totally moved to tears watching that whole issue unfold. Then as the main characters took on the parenting roles, I remembered how I felt so overwhelmed when I had my first child, even with 9 months to get used to the idea! So it was really easy to be sympathetic and even laugh when these two single people, who had parenthood thrust upon them, struggled with basics like changing diapers (Josh's character gagging and running out of the room) and trying to calm an inconsolable baby at 2 a.m. Kathryn and Josh made the struggle seem believable, not campy or trite.
Then...there was the whole "neighborhood support" issue, which had me in stitches, because again...I could relate to the whole dynamic! The lady who brings casseroles, the endless unsolicited parenting tips, the married couple with 9 kids who always looks tired and wrung out...it's true to life and it made me reflect on my own neighbors with both affection and irritation. There were seriously some very funny scenes involving the neighbors. Gotta love 'em!
I won't give anymore of the movie away, but I will say, I was a little concerned at first that there wouldn't be enough meat to carry the plot and that it would just be a bunch of poopy diaper and spit-up jokes, both of which were part of the script, but there was a lot more going on in the story.
Life As We Know It really is a light-hearted, somewhat realistic snapshot of what people face everyday as they decide to merge lives and raise a child. Careers, income, even which TV shows to watch...everything changes when you bring a baby into the picture! It was refreshing to watch Kathryn Heigl and Josh Duhamel play out everyday situations that most of us face with great comedic timing and with the emotion that we all feel when it comes to choosing a partner and raising a family. And yes, I get that this is a movie and movies generally tend to have happy endings, but sometimes life has happy endings too. This movie gave me some perspective and helped me laugh at my parenting challenges and made me want to try harder for my own happy ending.
Life As We Know It opens October 8th. Go see it! It's totally worth the admission price!
**Disclosure: “I attended a complimentary screening of this movie to facilitate my review and received a gift card from Mom Central as a thank you for my time.”**