Life as We Know It


Messer (Josh Duhamel) is best friends with Peter (Hayes MacArthur).  Peter is married to Alison (Christina Hendricks).  Alison is best friends with Holly (Katherine Heigl).  Holly and Messer are complete opposites and can’t stand each other.  Peter and Alison set them up on a blind date once, that didn’t go well.  It didn’t go at all.  And things went downhill from there.

Imagine their shock when not only do Peter and Alison die in a car crash, but they find out at that point that the unlikely pair are appointed as guardians to Peter and Alison’s daughter Sophie (played by several young actresses that look eerily like my niece).  If they can’t stand each other alone, how are they supposed to live together and raise a child they didn’t want?  A child in a home that remind them of their recently deceased friends?

Of course, after spending so much time together and getting to know each other, they start falling in love.  When Messer is offered a dream job in Phoenix, it messes everything up.

It’s kind of a depressing movie.  You know the premise, so you spend the beginning of the movie waiting for the couple to perish.  Then you watch this poor orphan thrown into the situation.  And the near mental breakdowns of her caregivers.

All in all, though, it’s not a bad movie.  And it has some funny parts that attempt to drown out the Disney motif of orphaned children trying to survive (think Bambi).  It does ok at this.  And, again, in classic rom-com (see Going the Distance review for explanation) fashion, they have to find a way to make things right.

But…I do have a few unanswered questions that really stuck out during my viewing:

  1. Messer just found out his best friend died and he can’t even take his shoes off before lying on the couch?
  2. Are his hands really that huge. You shouldn’t be allowed to be that good-looking with that size hands
  3. Why doesn’t the baby ever age?
  4. Why does the baby finally age from autumn to winter to look like an entirely different child?
  5. If both your friends died after their child’s first birthday and saying “We made it a year,” would you celebrate the child’s second birthday by saying, “We made it a year?”
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