Life as we Know it was Directed by Greg Berlanti. Katherine Heigl, Josh Duhamel, Josh Lucas starred in this story of two single adults who become caregivers to an orphaned girl when their mutual best friends die in an accident.
The formula for romantic comedies always seems pretty simple and most people don’t mind seeing elements of the Taming of the Shrew, or The Quiet Man or It Happened One Night repeated over and over, so I won’t fault the makers of Life as We Know It for returning to the predictable theme of two people who hate each, other falling in love. I also won’t fault them for having a fairy tale ending because that’s really what most viewers want from a romantic comedy but there are plenty of other elements in this movie to be concerned about.
Good acting, high production values, and funny gags simply aren’t enough to make this movie worth seeing because of the absence of a single admirable character. The movie condones and deems normal a long list of vices including, homosexual unions and portraying a homosexual couple as the parenting experts, sexual promiscuity and drug use, and almost every couple having one person with a wondering eye. It may not come as a surprise that the child who is supposedly so loved comes across as more of a prop than an actual character.
As the father of a family with eleven children I failed to appreciate a gag about a father of nine being unable to identify one of his children or remember exactly how many children that he had.
Suffice it to say that I would recommend that you save your pennies for an alternative like “It Happened One Night” with Claudette Colbert and Clark Gable.