Walter Mencken 11 a.m., Nov. 27
Review: L!fe Happens
Life happens but cinema doesn't in this fluffy chick flick destined to give the "genre" a worse reputation than it already has.
Kim (Krysten Ritter) and Deena (Kate Bosworth) are a pair standard operating party girls sharing an apartment with an umbday (and severely perky) virgin, Laura (Rachel Bilson). Laura is shocked to learn that the ad she answered for a "naked human sushi platter" calls for nudity. Wasn't Bilson equally distressed to learn that the character she signed on to play was no deeper than a wading pool?
An unprotected one night stand leaves Kim with child. One year later Kim discovers that her adorable offspring is Kryptonite to single guys. Her sperm-donor-boyfriend-cum-negligent-father, a rock musician whose career is "blowing up" (at least in his mind), thinks both mother and child would be better off without him.
Wanting desperately to snare a handsome pedophobic divorcee (Geoff Stults), horny Kim pretends that Deena is the mother of her child.
This is beginning to sound like a spin-off of Three's Company. Instead of one Ritter playing gay in order to share a flat with two hot chicks, we have another denying the existence of her child to get into some stud's pants.
Ritter, a former model turned small screen star (Breaking Bad, Don't Trust the Bitch in Apartment 23) co-wrote the screenplay with first time director Kat Coiro. She is enormously appealing as the baby momma and Ritter and Bosworth have the makings of a wonderful comedy duo.
Blame the script. Their “opposites attract” chemistry is not enough to make restitution for the film’s forced dialog and sitcom plotting. L!fe Happens is another empty comedy in which everyone appears to be having fun except those watching it.
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Reader Rating: One Star