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Ed lets 'Life As We Know It' fly by

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2.5 stars

Do you like to go "awww?" Then Life As We Know It may be the McMovie for you. The film is so cute that even a shit-smudged cheek is presented as adorable. Speaking of adorable, wait until you get a look at the baby! Stars Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel are almost as "awww"-inspiring as the kid. She prefers order, he's a spontaneous guy – they can't get along, but you just know (absolutely, certainly and positively) they'll end up together. Besides, they're both godparents of the baby and when her parents get killed in a car wreck, they have to step in.

The movie is padded and the premise is strained, but that doesn't matter. This was made for people who like predictable fare. They don't come to the theater with a critical eye, they come to have the experience the trailers for the movie promised. Nothing wrong with that. Lots of people don't want to shell out their money without knowing exactly what they're going to get. Life As We Know It delivers on the promise of its ads, so there you go. I'm giving it 2.5 stars, basically a C-, because compared to other formula romantic comedy/dramas, it's routine fare.

Normally I would examine the production more closely. I mean, I have a 550 – 600 word space to fill in NUVO's print edition and I'm only up to 235, but I can't justify going through the motions just to fill space. It would be like doing a critical analysis of a cheese danish from a vending machine. The bottom line is that the people this was made for will enjoy it and I don't want to make fun of them for the amusement of readers who prefer films that surprise and challenge.

Which leaves me at 304 words. What to do, what to do? Guess I'll just talk for a while. Did you see the box office numbers for the arty vampire movie, Let Me In? Hoo boy, did it ever tank! People really didn't want to see that movie, and exit polling shows that most of the ones that did attend didn't like what they saw. Me, I thought it was nearly as good as Let the Right One In, the 2008 Swedish film on which it is based. If you like horror stories that are genuinely creepy and disconcerting, give it a try. The pacing is a little slow, but it pays off.

Not much else to say about movies this week. The Tillman Story opens Friday at Landmark's Keystone Art Cinema and I've been looking forward to the documentary about the government lying their asses off about the death of football-star-turned-soldier Pat Tillman.

Almost done. Did you know that the extremely talented group Mandy Marie and the Cool Hand Lukes played their final show last Saturday night at Radio Radio? Mandy Marie is moving to Texas to pursue her career and the Cool Hands will focus on new projects. Can't tell you how much I'm going to miss the band, especially the amazing Mandy.

That's about that. I feel good about not taking cheap shots at Life As We Know It and the people that like that kind of movie. Wonder how the rambling second half of the column will be received? If my editor finds it too indulgent, you'll never know, because he can just cut out the parts he doesn't like and run a larger picture from the movie to fill the space. Oh my.

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