L!fe Happens (2012)
From director Kat Coiro comes L!fe Happens, a comedy centered on three young women - Kim (Krysten Ritter), Deena (Kate Bosworth) and Laura (Rachel Bilson) - who all live under the same roof in Los Angeles. When one of Kim's one-night-stands results in an unexpected pregnancy, things take a sudden turn for the trio. With the help of her girlfriends, Kim must cope with single motherhood as she jumps back into the dating scene amid the fear that toting around a tot can be a dating 'buzz-kill.' Also featuring Jason Biggs, Seymour Cassel, Rhys Coiro, Justin Kirk, Kristen Johnston, Andrea Savage, Geoff Stults and Fallon Goodson, L!fe Happens takes a look at single living, friendship and the joys of life's curveballs. -- (C) Official Site … More
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Critic Reviews for L!fe Happens
For a movie that hopes to tickle, it actually finds surer footing expressing deep emotions, pinpointing the terror and grief that comes when pleasurably distracting routines are abandoned.
in the end it still feels like it's written by someone who doesn't actually have kids or hasn't come to the realization of sacrifice yet
Conveniently coinciding with the buzz for Krysten Ritter's sitcom Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23, this fitfully amusing comedy could serve as the pilot for her next TV gig, or some other quirky Zooey Deschanel clone.
Cliched premise rescued by some sharp one-liners and an endearing cast.
Set in Los Angeles, this unfunny comedy succeeds only in perpetuating the worst stereotypes about that city.
The ensemble cast tries its best with generic material that offers little insight into contemporary relationships.
A girls-night-out comedy that strives to be the next Bridesmaids or Sex and the City -- but that never quite captures the spark of either.
Who needs the Republicans to wage war on women when filmmakers like Coiro make supposedly hip movies that promote the same sexist attitudes?
Coiro ... mixes an off-beat premise and smart, spiky dialogue with the tired old rhythms of a standard romantic comedy.
First-time feature director Kat Coiro gives an oft-tread story a snappy new spin in the hip and enjoyable comedy "Life Happens."
Most appealing is Kate Bosworth, whose sharp humor as Deena has a bite that dares you to dismiss her. Even if you might dismiss her film.
Not particularly good...but some may find it acceptable as an impoverished Los Angeles-set analogue to 'Sex and the City.'
Co-writers Coiro and Ritter fill in the schematic script with some juicy lines and amusing situations but never lock on to a consistent tone or thematic throughline.
A cliche-laden chick flick that seems conceived solely to capitalize on the success of the far more original (and generous to female friendship) "Bridesmaids."
[Bosworth] brings some intriguing shadows to a movie that looks, upon first glance, to be a two-dimensional, post-"Sex and the City" romantic comedy.
Audience Reviews for L!fe Happens
Oh my goodness the low ratings! I honestly wasn't expecting to enjoy this movie as much as I did. It was adorable. Funny. Charming. Sweet. Witty dialog. The entire gambit required for a nice relaxing afternoon chick flick!More
"I have actually (when I was 20/21) been a roomate to a single mother and a single father. Yep, at the same time. She was my bestie and he was her cousin. Odd little family we were. So I've seen how hard; and I know how hard, it is to be a single parent, being young, and having to work. It's scary. I felt especially bad for Kim. Having no family to count on, I can't imagine. I also felt for her roomies, Deena and Laura. It is not easy being a roomate to someone with kids. You can't be free to do whatever whenever when you share a house with kids. Although they (the parents) had to grow up fast, it also makes you grow up right with them. Kim is a single mom just trying to do her best and feeling trapped while everyone around her is moving forward. The story iteself was OK. I liked the characters. I thought the acting was good and the movie had it's funny moments. The movie is basically about making choices, dealing with the consequences, and in the end, growing up and moving on. Not sure if it's a movie I would watch again. But not one I would turn off if I seen it playing on T.V. Worth seeing at least once."More
I have to admit, I got a little bored with this by the (over cute) end, but I didn't mind this and I think I will watch it again when I'm not as tired as I am at the moment, see if it makes a difference.
I liked the trio of Krysten Ritter, Kate Bosworth and Rachel Bilson. Yes, they're all a bit pretty, and Krysten in particular does not look the part of an exhausted single mum, but I liked that they weren't played as perfect, and, ending aside, being a single mum wasn't glorified as being a wonderful thing. Krysten's Kim really struggles here and it isn't all roses.
The worst one was the fake Australian ex. His accent was shocking and the phrases cringeable. He also wasn't believable as someone such a beautiful girl would go for.
Jason Biggs is barely in this, surprisingly.
Juggling multiple different storylines, "Life Happens" is saved mostly by an amazing ensemble cast, headed by uber talented Krysten Ritter, brought together by a commanding performances from the lovely Kate Bosworth. Definitely with the makings of an HBO or Showtime based television series, this sometimes lacks the cinematic feel of an actual film, however entertains enough to remain average and somewhat enjoyable.More
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