Monday, October 4, 2010

Life As We Know It - My Review

With my husband's crazy chaotic schedule these past few months, having quality time with him is rare. Very rare. So when I found out that he was "off" on Saturday, October 2nd I JUMPED at the chance to plan our day to the fullest! PLUS, this was when we both decided to celebrate my 31st birthday. Perfect!

While trying to find something for us to do, or somewhere for us to go, I figured why not just go see a movie. We LOVE movies, and it's been awhile since we've seen one together, so why not? While on my favorite site, Fandango.com I found out that a local theater was doing a 7:30 p.m. advance screening of 'Life As We Know It'. I had already planned on seeing it when it came out on Friday, October 8th... I even posted the trailer here. Now I was going to be able to see it a week early?! Awesome! I bought my tickets pronto! (BTW, I love, love, love Fandango! If you haven't done movies the Fandango way, you're missing out!)

After eating delicious wings and getting a few beers at Buffalo Brothers we made our way to the theater. I thought it was going to be packed, being 7:30 p.m. on a Saturday night after all, but it really wasn't that bad. Hey, no complaints here! I was quickly disappointed only because there were NO previews! I love previews! I guess they don't do them during advance screenings? I dunno. Anywho... onto the review.

I really, really enjoyed the movie. Why? Why not. I thought Katherine Heigl was very vibrant in her role. In her "real life" she's a new mother to an adopted daughter, and I believe I'm correct in saying that she became a new mother during filming of this very movie... a perfect blend of art imitating life.

Let me just say, I  will not spoil the movie to anyone. The previews already give you an idea of what the film's about. What I will say is, it's so true so you don't have to give birth to a child to be a parent. You don't have to be pregnant for 9-10 months to form a bond with a child. A child will bring joy to your life no matter what stage of life you enter it. And vice versa. I thought the movie portrayed that. It also showed the very fine balance that is life in general, and what you must do to appreciate the fact that it may not always work out exactly as you so meticulously planned it. And, that's OK. Life is meant to be a ride. Life is meant to throw you curve balls. It's how you deal with those curve balls that define you. As a person and as a parent.

I thought Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel had amazing chemistry. They were beautiful together. I was really pleased to see this softer side to Josh Duhamel, more so than other movies he's been in recently, i.e. 'Transformers'.

I commend Katherine Heigl to leave Grey's Anatomy to focus on her film career. I truly loved her role as Dr. Izzy Stevens, and I honestly miss her, but I think she is a great actress, and romantic comedy suits her very well. I loved 27 Dresses, Knocked Up, The Killers, and The Ugly Truth, so I had a suspicion I would love this movie as well.

I'm thrilled I wasn't disappointed. I don't think you will be either.

'Life As We Know It' opens nationwide on Friday, October 8th!



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