Life or Something Like It
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A female reporter interviews a homeless man with alleged psychic powers to obtain the final score of a big football game that is about to played. The homeless man instead tells the woman that her life is meaningless and a waste. He furthers tells her that unless she embraces life, she's going to die in a week. Determined not to let the prophecy come to fruition, the reporter changes her life and is surprised by the profound effect a few changes can have.
- Director's Commentary by Stephen Herek
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Many people feel that Angelina Jolie was miscast in this movie, and, considering her roles in action movies or her films about the horrors of war, that might seem reasonable. But, if you set aside that body of work and watch her in this film, it becomes obvious that she understands the genre and knows exactly what she is doing.
Tony Shalhoub is excellent as Prophet Jack and Greg Itzin is a fine character actor. This movie's shortcoming is that Edward Burns does not have the star stature to stand toe to toe with Ms. Jolie. For most of a romantic comedy the leads are adversaries, so they must have equal status in the eyes of the audience. The dialogue between Mr. Burns and Ms. Jolie is sharp, but it just doesn't crackle on the screen. In Another comedy, "Mr. and Mrs. Smith," the dialogue comes across much better because Ms. Jolie and Brad Pitt have equal standing.
Even if you don't like romantic comedies, hang on until the "bus strike" scene comes along, and maybe you will join Ms. Jolie and drivers as they hop to the beat, pump their fists in the air, and belt out "Satisfaction" along with the Rolling Stones.
Interesting circumstances, future predictions and the turmoil that is causes and a great motion picture showing the audience that living each moment to the fullest is the only way to live because one day it will be your last moment and make it a great one, always.
Ed Burns was so real and living his life exactly the way it should be, for him, and his life changes and adjusting to the new life he created to be near his son.
I loved this film and after renting it twice, I now plan to purchase it, it is a keeper.
I really enjoyed this movie! Watched it three times because I kept falling asleep from being tired from school.I didn't get bored of re-watching it. Angelina Jolie did a great job in this :) I loved her character and enjoyed seeing her look beautiful in every scene.
My siblings enjoyed it too. The movie has good songs in it haha.
I really liked the lines in this too lol
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. So, I think he may wish he could have tweaked things here and there, if he'd had more time.)
Nonetheless, you should see this movie because it will still grab your heart and make you think about what is important in your own life, while still giving you that romantic comedy "buzz" that will put a smile on your face and joy in your heart.