After Tomb Raider and Original Sin, Angelina Jolie tries to reestablish her reputation as a credible actress in Life, Or Something Like It, a romance-comedy about a shallow reporter who, after being told by a psychic that she is going to die, finally starts to live her life.
Lannie Kerrigan is who Jolie plays, a fake blonde-haired woman who is engaged to a Seattle Mariner, has a nice home, a nice body, and is up for promotion at a national news station. Her life is going fine until a homeless man (Tony Shalhoub, who even in his bad movies is fun to watch... well, with exception to 13 Ghosts) tells her she is going to die in a week, and she starts to break down, or break out, whichever way you like to look at it. Despite her engagement, there is some sexual tension between her and her cameraman (Edward Burns).
First off, Life, Or Something Like It is based in Seattle, my home town. The movie is not only based there, but it was filmed there, and features lots of landmarks and recognizable areas, namely Safeco Field. It's not every day that a movie is made in the area, and it is very fun to watch places you've been many times in your life on the big screen. Of course, I also found it amusing that KOMO 4 News was changed to KQMO News, yet it features all of the real newscasters from that channel, and although I might just have not heard right, I think their names were changed as well. There were also a few other funny cameos, such as weatherman Steve Poole handing Jolie a bottle of wine. For me, that was the funniest moment in the whole movie; of course, for people in the rest of the country, it obviously won't be a big deal.
The problem with Life, Or Something Like It is that it just is not as funny as it let on in the previews. This is one of those movies that looks really good in the previews, because it shows all of the best scenes in the previews. You basically know what is going to happen next because you've already seen it in its two-minute form. Really, though, Life, Or Something Like It is not a laugh-out-loud movie at all; sometimes you can tell the script is trying to be funny and just isn't, but most of the time it just isn't trying to be.
More than anything, the problems with this movie revolve around the fact that I was expecting a comedy. Instead, the movie is just a light and fun romantic film, without much romance. Life, Or Something Like It is entertaining and fun to watch, even if it isn't something that will be remembered a year from now. I don't regret seeing this movie, but there isn't that much in the movie to see.
Life, Or Something Like It seems to really be targeted at a Seattle (or at least Pacific Northwest) audience, and it shows. The funniest scenes circulate around cameo appearances, and the movie goes to great length to show off Seattle scenery. People in other parts of the movie can enjoy it, but they won't like it as much. As for me, I thought it could have been a lot more, but if you don't have anything else to do some afternoon, it won't hurt to go buy a matinee ticket for Life, Or Something Like It.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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