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Life or Something Like it (Widescreen) [Import]
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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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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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"Life or Something Like It" is one of those films where the idea is intriguing, but the execution leaves a lot to be desired. Read morePublished on April 13 2004 by Lawrance Bernabo
I REALLY ENJOYED THIS MOVIE AND WISHED IT HAD GOTTEN BETTER REVIEWS INSTEAD OF BEING RAKED THROUGH THE COLES BY UNMERCIFUL CRITICS. Read morePublished on March 16 2004 by Danielle Wolf
After watching this wonderful romantic comedy one must simply come to the conclusion, if they haven't already, that Angelina Jolie has to be one of the best female actresses in the... Read morePublished on Feb. 13 2004 by K. Wyatt
No doubt that this is a somewhat contrived romantic comedy, and no doubt that we've all seen all of these characters dispersed throughout other films before, prepackaged and sold... Read morePublished on Jan. 8 2004
This is yet another romantic comedy where all steps of the tale are crystal clear from stage 1. You know for sure who's gonna get the new job, who is going to be proven unworthy... Read morePublished on Dec 31 2003 by Tsila Sofer Elguez
Angelina Jolie first caught my eye in the bubble-gum action of "Tomb Raider". I passed her off as a pop actress. Read morePublished on Nov. 15 2003 by Nearly Nubile
This has got to be one of the best movies Angelina Jolie has ever done. I held off on seeing this movie for a long time because I heard a lot of bad things about it but I have... Read morePublished on Nov. 2 2003 by Patrick
Angeline Jolie takes on the role of a news reporter who seems to have it all, until a homeless prophet played by Tony Shalhoub tells her that she will die within one week. Read morePublished on Oct. 17 2003 by Samhot