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Being a 35-year-old male I'm obviously not the demographic this movie was made for, which makes reviewing films like this when they arrive at my doorstep sometimes difficult. For better or worse I'm a firm believer in that a movie should be reviewed on the basis of how well it seems to work for its target audience. Romantic comedies/dramedies tend to have a narrower audience than say the latest summer blockbuster, and there are only a select few that are able to expand to outside of the their intended demographic. Sufficed to say Life As We Know It isn't one of those special movies, so after watching it for the first time I enlisted the help of my wife who is slap dab in the middle of the target audience to watch it with me.

Life As We Know It
The basic setup is that after a disastrous first date for caterer Holly (Katherine Heigl) and network sports director Messer (Josh Duhamel), all they have is common is a dislike for each other and their love for their goddaughter Sophie. But when tragedy strikes and they suddenly become all Sophie has in this world, Holly and Messer must set their differences aside. Juggling careers and social calendars, they have to find common ground while living under the same roof.  

My take on Life As We Know It is that while the leads are generally likable and there are a couple of funny scenes there really isn't anything new or unpredictable at play. If you've seen enough romantic comedies over the years you'll have seen the movie's formula droned out with different actors and situations many times before--characters dislike each other, grow a bond and begin to fall in love, some conflict arises that threatens the love affair and then everything is wine and roses right before the credits roll. Watching it twice in as many days only seemed to reinforce this fact.

After the movie was over I turned to my wife and asked her opinion. She did noticeably laugh aloud a few times and seemed to enjoy the movie while we were watching it. I asked her what she thought about the lead actors and she really liked Josh Duhamel, which is no surprise seeing as she's liked him in everything he's been in since she started watching daily reruns of Las Vegas a couple of years ago. She thought Katherine Heigl was okay, and that's saying something as she hasn't liked her in the past noting that she usually finds her irritating. As for the rest of the movie she thought it was pretty average and probably wouldn't watch it more than the initial viewing, but went on to say that she would probably recommend it to friends who she thought might like it. Keep in mind that this is from a woman who constantly has the Lifetime Movie Channel playing in the background so take from that what you will.

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Video
Warner Home Video presents Life As We Know It on Blu-ray with a 1080p, AVC encoded video transfer. Newer films like this are usually more difficult to review than an older film due to the fact that the print used for the video transfer is unremarkably perfect in most cases, and the video on this disc is no different. The transfer is very warm, slightly over saturated and generally pleasing. I didn't notice any blemishes on the print or video anomalies such as aliasing or noise from over sharpening the image too much. This isn't big budget special effects extravaganza and not the type of film I would purchase on Blu-ray myself, but those who would will find that the video presentation here is about as perfect as it gets.

Audio
Warner Home Video presents the film on this disc with a 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track that fits the film just fine. Other than a few scenes here and there you aren't going to find a lot of complexity in the sound mix for most of the picture. The all important delivery of the dialogue is crisp and clear coming from the center channel and that's really all that matters with this one, but when the surround channels are used it's usually to fairly decent effect. As is the case with the video, this presentation is about as good as you are going to get and entirely appropriate for the material.

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Extras
Warner has placed a few extras on the Blu-ray release of Life As We Know It in the form of three featurettes and a selection of deleted scenes. All of the featurettes are relatively short, clocking in at around six-minutes each and I really couldn't find much value in them as far as any in-depth discussion on the making of the picture. In 'The Triplet Tamer', star Josh Duhamel discusses working with the triplets portraying Sophie, while the short 'Becoming the Best Mom Ever' focuses on Katherine Heigl and the work she put into portraying her character. The final featurette, 'A Survival Guide to Instant Parenting', is mainly a fluff piece with the cast a crew dishing out their own parenting advice. The 15-minutes of deleted scenes that are also included are fairly inconsequential and were wisely cut from the final product. As usual for a new theatrical release Blu-ray, Warner Home Video is also including a DVD copy of the film for a limited time.

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Overall
Life As We Know It isn't a bad movie, but I can't say that I particularly enjoyed it either and would have better spent the time watching something a bit more in tune with my tastes. I'm probably the wrong person to review it, and if it hadn't received it I would more than likely lived a happy enough life without ever having seen it. In order to give a fair and balanced review I enlisted my wife to watch it with me, and overall she thought it was enjoyable fluff even if the basic plot wasn't exactly the most believable. The disc's extras might be lacking, but the video and audio presentation is certainly fine and fans won't want for better.

*Note: The images on this page were provided by Warner Home Video are not representative of the Blu-ray image quality.


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