2010-11-26 / Entertainment/Lifestyles

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‘Life As We Know It’ – Baby Boom Too
By Robert Snyder

It’s O ur “Ba by B oom” is a fi ne funny flick from 1987 with an appropriately distraught Diane Keaton as a makeshift mother who “inherits” a dead friend’s baby.

Not one to leave well enough alone, Hollywood comes out with “Life as We Know It.” Though the same basic plot multiplied by two dysfunctional substitute parents, “Life” is surprisingly entertaining.

Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel play the couple thrown together into an unwanted babyland. They have one of those patented hate-turn-to-love relationships, but their charm and charisma make it work, in spite of standard poop and diaper gags.

The big revelation here is Duhamel. The “Vegas” star looks like a brainless handsome hunk, yet has great comedic chops, offsetting Heigl’s not-evenclose to-Keaton craziness.

The story starts with rising restaurateur Holly Berenson (Heigl) blinddating TV sports director Eric Messer, in a setup initiated by their mutual married best friends, Peter and Alison Novak (Hayes MacArthur and Christina

Hendricks). The date is a disaster.

Time passes. The Novaks have supercute

Our Mission. baby Sophie (triplets Alexis, Brynn and Brooke Clagett) at the center of numerous parties, where Holly and Eric appear as a popular adversarial duo.

Tragedy occurs…so devastating it almost makes the comedy into, well, a tragedy. The Novaks are killed in a car accident. They leave little Sophie to Holly and Eric, along with their fabulous house. Without any worthwhile Novak relatives with whom to dump Sophie, Holly and Eric must share home and baby in non-marital confusion.

Things go well enough, until Eric

Mission. gets a major job assignment in another city. On his return, he finds Holly hooked up with the perfect husband material, smooth divorced pediatrician Sam (Josh Lucas).

Of course, we all know what will happen. And we want it to, as well.

Director Greg Berlanti and screenwriters Ian Deitchman and Kristin Rusk Robinson are no Charles Shyer and Nancy Meyers, the then husbandand wife team responsible for “Baby Boom” and other marital mayhem hits. Still, “Life as We Know It” has its

share of laughs and genuine moments.

See it, if you were in the mood for a

Mission. dysfunctional duo and diaper comedy.

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