While Life As We Know It is a romantic comedy, it's not a
typical one, and that's a good thing. It's also of a different quality than
what Katherine Heigl usually delivers. While Knocked Up saw a good performance
from her, movies like Killers or The Ugly Truth were really bad. Thankfully, in
this movie, Heigl does a better job and it shows. Partially to thank for her
performance are the writers and director (Berlanti Greg), which don't make her
sarcastic or needy. Instead, the character played by Heigh is flawed and she
does a pretty good job playing it.
One bonus point is the chemistry between Duhamel and Heigl,
something that many of her movies didn't have.
I said it's not a typical romantic comedy and the fact that
it doesn't follow the rules of a regular movie means that it's more mature and
the main characters don't become caricatures as a result. Something I
appreciated is that Holly isn't a career driven woman, even though she has
plenty on her plate at work.
The movie manages to avoid the traps that most romantic
comedies fall in and even the scene at the airport is done differently.
You will laugh while watching this movie but you will also
enjoy a number of emotional and quiet moments. You will find the regular jokes
about baby poop that you can expect from a movie like this, but you will also
find some tragedy and drama in it. All in all, it's a complex and emotional
film that you will probably like.