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Life or Something Like It (2002)

Angelina Jolie , Edward Burns , Stephen Herek  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 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: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: October 15, 2002
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006G8JD
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,460 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Life or Something Like It" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Director's Commentary by Stephen Herek

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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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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
The best way that I feel I can describe this movie is this: I liked it, but I'm not exactly sure how much. There are several reasons why I liked the movie but not a lot of reasons to make me think it's one of the best ever made. First off, any fan of Angelina Jolie shouldn't think twice about seeing this movie. She continues to prove time and again what a versatile actress she is. And if anyone else had played her role, this movie would have come across extremely boring. The rest of the cast was well chosen but they definitely weren't enough to carry the movie by themselves. The addition of Stockard Channing was a very fitting one as she did an excellent job of playing the network news equivalent of Jenny Jones meets Barbara Walters. And Edward Burns does an adequate job of playing Jolie's cameraman and part time love interest.
The story itself had a lot of interesting elements to it. Angelina Jolie plays Lannie Kerrigan, a Seattle Reporter who is living the perfect life, or at least what she thinks is the perfect life. She has the perfect body, the perfect hair, a major league baseball player as her fiance, and is one step away from her perfect network news anchor job in New York City. Everything is running according to plan, when one day, while on assignment she is given some life altering news. A street prophet tells her that in one week she will die. At first she dismisses his prophecy as nothing to be taken seriously, but as his other predictions come true, her perfect world starts to unravel. She is forced to look at every aspect of her life and realizes that everything she thought was so important doesn't really matter. What follows is a mixture of sometimes funny and at times depressing series of events that teach her the true meaning of what a perfect life really is.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life or Something Like it - A wonderful romantic comedy! February 13, 2004
Format:DVD
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 industry and has been for sometime. Every new film that I've watched her in just shows me more and more of what a versatile actress this beautiful woman is. I don't always purchase romantic comedies but with a lead actress the likes of Angelina Jolie, purchasing "Life or Something Like it" is a simple choice.
Between the script and the performances given by Angelina Jolie and Edward Burns and the other supporting actors in this film, this film is a sure thing when it comes to entertainment value. Of additional note is the exceptional performance by Tony Shalhoub whose character provides much of the catalyst for this wonderful film.
One only needs to click on the link for director Stephen Herek to see that given his past films, this film should be a very good one. He definitely deserves much praise for bringing this film together the way he did.
The Premise:
Lanie Kerrigan (Angelina Jolie) is an extremely ambitious and self absorbed local news reporter in Seattle whose star is rising and will soon have an opportunity to be elevated to the national level. The only thing in her way is her boss's insistence that she must do some camera work with Pete (Edward Burns) who is a former lover and their relationship isn't exactly a great one. As part of her work in Seattle, Pete takes her to meet Prophet Jack (Tony Shalhoub) who is a street bum with the talents of a prophet, hence his name. After she asks him whether she'll get the big job he tells that she won't because she's going to be dead on the following Thursday...
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Something like life April 22, 2002
I have seen this movie and it is quite good.
Angelina is just deep enough of an actress to pull off the deeper themes of reevaluating your life that run throught the film, but she is also out there enough to pull off slightly ditzi blonde with a plan and make it convincing. Edwards burns is just doing his classic look, "im scruffy, intelligent and cute" look. The chemistry between them, is quite apparant, which makes the romantical part ever so much more believable.
As for the movie itself, it is fairly well written, and some of the other charcters have depth that is there but never verbalized, and doesnt need to be, because thats how life is.
It is a great date movie or girls night out movie depending on your preference. It has it all for a sparkling late spring movie, lots of wit, some deepish themes, and a sprinkle of romance to move things along.
All in all one of the better movies i've seen this year so far. :) Enjoy!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shockingly Good September 1, 2005
By Katie
Format:DVD
I rented this movie thinking that it was going to be a typical romantic comedy. But I ended up loving this movie. Angelina Jolie was perfect for the role. The movie was sweet without going way out of hand with the typical trashy sexual jokes that come every 5 minutes. I would recommend this movie to anyone who likes romantic comedies or Angelina Jolie.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Is Your Life Meaningful? May 1, 2002
Being a die-hard Angelina Jolie fan, I just had to see Life or Something Like It. I wasn't too enthusiastic about going after viewing the TV trailer, but Jolie is such a terrific actress, I figured, "How bad could it be?" Well, the answer is NOT BAD AT ALL. I expected a quirky comedy with the usual guy-gets-girl storyline. What I got was something I could relate to.
Have you ever wondered if decisions you've made have made your life more or less meaningful? Lanie (Angelina Jolie), a Seattle TV reporter, has 7 days to figure that out. After an interview with a homeless, self-proclaimed prophet, she's not so sure. You see, the prophet has predicted that, not only will she not get the big network job she's been striving for, but that Lanie will die the following week! With the help of cameraman Pete (Edward Burns), Lanie works on making her life meaningful before time runs out. And of course, in true romantic comedy fashion, she falls in love along the way.
Not only did I enjoy watching the movie, but I could tell that the actors enjoyed making the movie. In my favorite scene, Lanie leads a crowd of striking transit workers in a rousing rendition of the Rolling Stones hit "Satisfaction". You could tell Jolie & cast were having alot of fun with that scene.
It's a film that makes you think about the life we take for granted and the choices we make each day without a thought.
Go see this movie and you'll leave it like I did - with a smile on your face!
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