L!fe Happens

2011

Action / Comedy

25
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 26%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 30%
IMDb Rating 5.6 10 6935

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Director

Cast

Kate Bosworth as Deena
Rachel Bilson as Laura
Jon Heder as Wrong Number Caller
720p.BLU
749.79 MB
1280*720
English
R
23.976 fps
12hr 0 min
P/S 3 / 4

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by jadavix 5 / 10

Tired and boring

"Life Happens" is a tedious, unfunny comedy film about a young woman who has been stuck with motherhood because she loses an argument for the last condom in the box. Foolishly, she has sex anyway, leaving her with an adorable little tot, and leaving us stuck with her.

She meets a dreamy hunk and lies about being childless. She has a falling out with her best friend over the latter's lack of total support for her situation. She gets in trouble with her boss for bringing her baby to work. And so on.

There are countless real issues that plague single parents. After watching "Life Happens", I don't feel like I've seen any of them. The movie has a light-hearted treatment of its issue which feels better suited to a rom-com. The child is a prop who exists so that we can see Ritter carrying him awkwardly from place to place.

The movie largely avoids any tender scenes between mother and baby. This would have been key to making the audience care about the protagonist, but the movie is more than happy to keep us at bay with lame sitcom dialogue and contrived situations. Eg.: Ritter has lied that her friend, played by Kate Bosworth, is really her son's mother, so of course there is a scene where they are together with the person she has lied to and have to keep the charade going, even though Bosworth isn't keen on the idea, and they both start passive aggressively insulting each other by insulting themselves.

Was there ever a sitcom which didn't use this situation?

The movie does have one scene that showed me something I hadn't seen before. Ritter is in bed with a guy who gropes her (unseen) breasts, and gets a spray of milk in the face.

Reviewed by Fiona Brone 10 / 10

Pretty nice to watch

Sometimes you need a movie that just winds around pretty clothes, successful dreams and friends who sometimes let you down by mistake.

But this is no 'Clueless. The script actually presumes you may understand Shakespeare jokes and have reached a certain age when you step up and make a success of yourself. The fun female leads don't do clappy hands and girly shrieks when they talk about guys.

Krysten Ritter and Kate Bosworth bring thoughtful performances with a well balanced and light comedic touch. The movie harks back into the delightful froth of the forties where a comedy of errors always leads couples astray.

Share a comfortable laugh at grown-up share housing, accidental baby dating woes and absolutely no Mall visits.

Reviewed by Robert W. 8 / 10

Krysten Ritter further shines in this true gem

Life Happens was a last minute choice on Netflix after my wife I desperately looked for something to watch. I wasn't much looking forward to it even though I enjoy the three women in the lead. Well I eat my hesitation because Life Happens was wonderful. It's a dark comedy, some great chemistry in the cast and some definitive emotional moments. The film isn't without its faults. It definitely is low budget and some of the writing is a little rushed and they could have developed some of the supporting characters more and I even think the drama/comedy balance is just a tad off at times. I guess when I think Krysten Ritter I mostly think of comedy but that isn't to say she doesn't absolutely nail this dramatic role. I guess the only negative I have to say about the film is that I felt there could be more to it and that isn't much negative at all. It is a fantastic film and very well made in the indie world.

Krysten Ritter's star is starting to shine bright. She's been in the Hollywood spotlight for awhile but Jessica Jones really catapulted her. For me it was Breaking Bad following by the deliciously satirical Don't Trust the B$%#^ But in this film she co-write with the director and just really sinks her teeth into this role. She definitely leads every scene and really makes you care about her character more than the others. Kate Bosworth to me seemed like an odd choice as Ritter's counterpart but they actually have really good chemistry. Bosworth is really good as the best friend who never had to grow up much thanks to not having gotten pregnant. Both of them have good story arcs and while I would have liked to have seen a little more development to her character, she does very well. Rachel Bilson gets the short end of the stick. I felt like she could have been more and done more especially in the laughs area. I didn't even realize she was supposed to "virginal" which would have made a lot of the jokes money funny early on. She also didn't get a lot of time with the other girls so she gets left out a lot. Geoff Stults does a good job as Ritter's love interest. I always find him a little cheesy but he works for this and actually gives a decent performance with little development. Jason Biggs also makes a small and almost lack luster performance as well. Justin Kirk was actually really good in a comedic, ridiculous way and I loved his story with Bosworth.

This is such a great "chick flick" I think directed by Kat Coiro whose other film A Case Of You was a decent indie movie as well. This isn't your typical rom-com and actually has some real meat behind it and some really good morals and things to learn and I think especially young parents can enjoy the concept behind it. It has enough laughs to keep it light and enough drama to make you remember it afterwards. Its one of those films that no one saw when it got made (2011 in this case) and it won't be topping any charts but it's still worth seeing!! 8/10

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