The movie Life As We Know It is a rather typical romantic comedy. Â Because of the setup, the rest of the plot and the eventual outcome is predictable. Â It stars Katherine Heigl as Holly Berenson and Josh Duhamel as Eric Messer. Â They are mutual best friends of a couple with a baby named Sophie. Â When the unthinkable happens, for Holly and “Messer,” life as they know it is over. Â They are named as Sophie’s guardians, and have to raise her together.
Heigl seems type-cast as the perfectionist, borderline obsessive, worrier Holly. Â She plays roles like this often, but it’s not surprising she’s cast in them since she does it so well. Â However, the movie would have been a little stagnant–because of the predictable plot and Heigl playing a typical part–if not for Duhamel as Messer, who is Holly’s opposite in everything except his devotion to Sophie.
Duhamel brought an interesting dimension to the movie. Â His acting was believable, and he brought a real pathos not just to the character, but to the movie as a whole. Â The combination seemed to work well, even given the expected baby poo type of humor. Â And the baby is adorable!