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Life or Something Like it (Widescreen) [Import]

4.1 out of 5 stars 40 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Angelina Jolie, Edward Burns, Tony Shalhoub, Christian Kane, James Gammon
  • Directors: Stephen Herek
  • Writers: Dana Stevens, John Scott Shepherd
  • Producers: Arnon Milchan, Chi-Li Wong, Jeffrey Wetzel, John Davis, Kenneth Atchity
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13
  • Studio: Fox Video (Canada) Limited
  • Release Date: Oct. 15 2002
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 40 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00006G8JD
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A reporter, Lanie Kerrigan (Jolie), interviews a psychic homeless man (Shalhoub) for a fluff piece about a football game's score. Instead, he tells her that her life has no meaning, and is going to end in just a few days, which sparks her to action, trying to change the pattern of her life...

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Lanie Kerrigan (Angelina Jolie) is an ambitious Seattle newscaster who dreams of going national. One day she does an interview with a homeless man who claims to be a psychic; he predicts the score of a coming football game, calls for hail the next day, and then tells her she's going to be dead in a week. When the first two predictions come true, Lanie really starts to worry.

This is a perfectly nice little movie, but it's instantly forgettable. Picture a Meg Ryan-type romantic comedy without at least one tear-inducing scene. Jolie is perky as the driven newscaster (despite a really hideous Pamela Anderson-hair do), but she's just not special enough to care about. Her costar Edward Burns plays a John Corbett-Everyman guy, very low-key, charming, and philosophical, but again, nothing special and there aren't any sparks between them.

The movie has a very fast-paced, urban feel and it's not a bad way to spend some time; it just isn't a movie that touches the heart.
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As you probably know, this movie has not always been well-received. But, speaking as a die-hard fan of romantic comedies, I think those of you who love this genre should definitely watch this movie.
Most people who enjoy romantic comedies will probably admit that, though we love them, many of these movies have plot holes here and there, or at least admit that the likelihood of such things happening to real people is questionable. So, with that already in mind, a viewer often falls in love with one of these movies because: a.) they love the actors, actresses, or director involved, and/or b.) the certainty that everything will probably turn out okay in the end (even if sometimes the movie's resolution is not what you'd expect). If you fall into one/both of those categories, you should see LIFE OR SOMETHING LIKE IT.
One of the reasons I think this movie is great is because Angelina Jolie and Edward Burns (as well as Tony Shalhoub, as the street prophet) are such great actors, and their banter and chemistry are highly watchable. The supporting actors & actresses also add to each scene they're in, especially the guy playing the sound technician who works with Jolie's and Burns's characters when they are out on assignment.
I'm not someone who can tell when a movie is badly directed or superbly directed; I just know when I leave a movie happy for having seen it, or when I've felt the loopholes left in the finished product are way, way too big to ignore. So, having warned you of my novice critical skill, I think the director did a great job. (In his commentary on the DVD, he explains that this is one of the movies whose production was a bit rushed because of the expected actor's strike that the industry feared at the time.
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For newsreporter Lanie Kerrigan life is much like her platiunum blonde hair--perfect. She thinks she has it all: smashing good looks, regular aerobics at a trendy gym, a famous ballplayer boyfriend, and a big paycheck. Then one day, she meets a sidewalk seer who tells her that she will die within one week. Of course, she doesn't believe him, but when his other predictions come true, she thinks maybe this one will happen too.
Part of the charm of LIFE OR SOMETHING LIKE IT is that director Stephen Herek takes us from a place that we think we know and want--our glitzy work life--and to a place that we dare not even contemplate--the sureness of the end of life and how we live just prior to the closing of the curtain. Angelina Jolie is Lanie, in one of the most appealing roles of a surprisingly long career for such a young actress. Lanie seems like the typical bland bubblehead that appears daily on our tv screens--all hair, all teeth, and not an original thought in that lovely but empty head. But we soon enough find that beneath the glitter there is a woman who seeks more than what she thinks she wants, but doesn't yet know it. She begins to see cracks in her life. She has long had an ongoing dispute with her sister about whom their father always favored. She recognizes that her baseball boyfriend's idea of conflict resolution is to take nightly batting practice. She has tantalizing remorse about an affair with a co-worker (Edward Burns) that turned out badly but only because he did not fit in with her planned Big Scheme of Things. Then this sidewalk seer Prophet Jack (Tony Shalhoub) tells her that she will die next week. All of a sudden, she has to regroup and reprioritize. Prophet Jack makes it easy for her.
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As a result of seeing almost every movie made in the last five years I've been forced to accept that I am exceptionally tollerant as far as movies are concerned (I liked 'Josie and The Pussycats', 'Darkness Falls', and 'The Mothman Prophecies'). So when I think a movie is "just ok", I never argue if the rest of the world thinks its atrocious.
So I guess I'll start off by saying that I thought this movie was: Far-fetched, too long, boring in most parts, and badly acted (with the exception of Jolie, who I recognize is a big exception seeing as she's the star). With that in mind, you'll understand when I say I don't even want to know what a real film critic would have to say about this movie.
I gave it three stars because I like Jolie and (as I mentioned above) she was fine - if you can forgive for ever putting on that that blonde wig. But I would not classify this as a "good movie" or even say that I liked it.
For starters: Edward Burns cannot act. The guy is a joke. Maybe he is a decent director/writer/whatever else it is but whoever first let him in front of the camera should be shot.
And I won't even go into the amount of things that just didn't make sense about the plot, because in romantic comedies the script writer isn't supossed to have trouble tying up loose ends.
However, in retrospect the 'Life or Something Like It' was not entirely unenjoyable. I've already said I didn't exactly like it, however I didn't hate it either.
Who knows what it was, maybe Edward Burns can work his so called "magic" even on those who find him untalented and ugly, or maybe it was Jolie's performance that saved this potential trainwreck from being too horrible. I don't know, but my conclusion is its up to you. I didn't love it, but maybe you will.
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