Life or Something Like It
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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.Read more ›
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.
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...Read more ›
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!
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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Love this movie! I saw this one when it first came out on video and came across it by accident on Amazon so I bought it to watch it with my 16 year old daughter. Read morePublished 3 months ago by TwoJewels
Great funny movie and of course Angelina Jolie is one of my favorite actors.Published 5 months ago by deborah paul
Most of us watch movies to be entertained. We don't delve into why this character did this or that or how the character was developed or the visual fabric of whatever makes it... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Rommel Upshur
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