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L!fe Happens

L!fe Happens (2012)

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33

Average Rating: 5.2/10
Critic Reviews: 15
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 10

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30

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Average Rating: 2.8/5
User Ratings: 1,040

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Movie Info

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

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Kat Coiro, Krysten Ritter

Aug 14, 2012

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It's more like watching an extended sitcom than a movie.

April 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
Arizona Republic
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Cliched premise rescued by some sharp one-liners and an endearing cast.

April 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com
Richard Roeper.com
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Set in Los Angeles, this unfunny comedy succeeds only in perpetuating the worst stereotypes about that city.

April 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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A likable concept that deflates into conventionality...

April 13, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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Coiro ... mixes an off-beat premise and smart, spiky dialogue with the tired old rhythms of a standard romantic comedy.

April 13, 2012 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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First-time feature director Kat Coiro gives an oft-tread story a snappy new spin in the hip and enjoyable comedy "Life Happens."

April 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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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.

February 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Blu-ray.com
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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

September 20, 2012 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

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.

April 25, 2012 Full Review Source: Tampa Bay Times
Tampa Bay Times

It's a sitcom pilot waiting for re-write.

April 17, 2012 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

The ensemble cast tries its best with generic material that offers little insight into contemporary relationships.

April 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com
Cinemalogue.com

Mature parenting/dating comedy lacks substance, laughs.

April 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

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.

April 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Times-Picayune
Times-Picayune

Who needs the Republicans to wage war on women when filmmakers like Coiro make supposedly hip movies that promote the same sexist attitudes?

April 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Comment (1)
Boston Phoenix

Not particularly good...but some may find it acceptable as an impoverished Los Angeles-set analogue to 'Sex and the City.'

April 12, 2012 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

L!fe Happens wants us to believe its message is one of female independence and empowerment.

April 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

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!
December 29, 2013
itsjustme2004

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"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."
January 5, 2013
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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.
November 10, 2012
romy861

Super Reviewer

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.
October 7, 2012
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