Believable Chemistry Elevates Life As We Know It
- Friday, October 08, 2010
Just as the couple is starting to figure things out and keeping that sexual tension in check, something their jittery caseworker highly recommends, the requisite rom-com conflict threatens to tear them apart for good. Even when an attractive doctor named Sam (Josh Lucas) enters the picture, however, there's never any doubt of how things will end up. Sam doesn't have a chance, love will conquer all, and a great pop song will be playing in the background while it happens.
Sadly, if not for the parenting part of the story where priorities are challenged and selfish motives are called into question, Life As We Know It would be just another quasi-enjoyable romantic comedy. But as we see our protagonists grow as individuals and as the loving caretakers of Sophie, the story becomes something better—almost enjoyable—and certainly a move in the right direction for Heigl after a slew of iffy roles in the past year.
Drugs/Alcohol: Social drinking, plus marijuana is used recreationally. In one scene, pot makes it way into a batch of brownies that Holly and Messer chow down on.
Language/Profanity: An ample amount of four-letter words, including the PG-13 allotment of "f" words and instances where God's name is misused.
Sex/Nudity: There's a quick sex scene with Holly and Messer, but nothing aside from kissing and the beginning stages of clothing removal is shown. Given Messer's reputation as a ladies man, his sexual escapades are referenced several times. Messer also has a habit of walking around shirtless a lot, which gives the neighbor ladies plenty to smile about.
Violence: A car accident that claims the lives of Sophie's parents is referenced but never shown.
Christa Banister is a full-time freelancer writer, specializing in music, movies and books-related reviews and interviews and is the author of two novels, Around the World in 80 Dates and Blessed Are the Meddlers. Based in Dallas, Texas, she also weighs in on various aspects of pop culture on her personal blog.
For more information, including her upcoming book signings and sample chapters of her novels, check out her Website.
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