Life or Something Like It (2002) - Rotten Tomatoes

Life or Something Like It (2002)



Critic Consensus: Though Jolie is appealing, Life or Something Like It is too contrived and predictable to convincingly convey its message of stopping to smell the roses.

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An egotistical TV reporter learns to appreciate the good things in life thanks to an eccentric, homeless clairvoyant in this old-fashioned romantic comedy from director Stephen Herek (Mr. Holland's Opus). Seattle native Lanie Kerrigan (Angelina Jolie) has spent most of her adult existence trying to live down her gawky, geeky adolescence: She toils for hours at the gym to keep cellulite at bay; she's managed to snag an engagement to a star baseball player (Christian Kane); and through her chipper puff pieces on the nightly news, she's cultivated a loyal following of couch potatoes who pester her for autographs. She's ready to take the next step to national news when her boss suggests she further hone her skills with ace cameraman Pete Scanlon (Edward Burns), who also happens to be an old flame of Lanie's. Her comfortable but shallow existence begins to change the moment she and Pete do a story on Prophet Jack (Tony Shaloub), a sage soothsayer who spouts unusually accurate predictions to passers-by in exchange for spare change. Jack offers up the theory that Lanie will not get her cushy promotion; in fact, he says she'll die within a week. When Jack's other prophecies start coming true, Lanie starts living each day as if it were her last -- much to the dismay of her co-workers and her fiancé. ~ Michael Hastings, Rovimore
Rating: PG-13 (adult situations/language, sex, violence)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: John Scott Shepherd, Dana Stevens
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 15, 2002
Box Office: $14.4M
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Angelina Jolie
as Lanie Kerrigan
Tony Shalhoub
as Prophet Jack
Christian Kane
as Cal Cooper
James Gammon
as Lanie's Father
Stockard Channing
as Deborah Connors
Veena Sood
as Doctor
David Dunard
as Striker Bob
Vincent Fluck
as Club Kid
P.J. Prinsloo
as Another Club Kid
Tony Doupe
as Man No. 1 in Sports ...
Jamie Moss
as Man No. 2 in Sports ...
Pamela Sue Martin
as KQMO Anchorwoman
Jill Krop
as Strike News Anchor
Johnathan Brownlee
as Morning Show Host
Catherine Lough Hagg...
as Morning Show Hostess
Amanda Tapping
as Carrie Maddox
Dan Lewis
as Jake Manning
Margo Myers
as Lori Ruben
Christopher Shyer
as Mark Laughlin
Steve Pool
as Weatherman Sam
Michelle Esteban
as Hope Carmichael
Suleka Mathew
as Airline Attendant
Marika Anuik
as Lanie (age 10)
Kasey Stevens
as Gwen (age 15)
Sean Watson
as High School Teenager
John C. Havens
as Plaza Doorman
Shannon Powell
as Lanie's Mother
Kristine Beuerleine
as Gwen's Daughter
Scott Beuerleine
as Gwen's Son
Bruce Dawson
as Gwen's Husband
Blake Willet
as NYC Cop
James Owen
as KQMO News Director
George Catalano
as Control Room Tech
Shawn Bordoff
as Frightened Flyer
Angela Moore
as Airport Guard
Dick Henley
as Plaza Bell Man
Alexander Kalugin
as Russian Driver
Peter Kelamis
as AMUSA Producer
Berend McKenzie
as Makeup Guy
Eileen Pedde
as Stage Manager
Victoria Deschanel
as Woman at Cafe
Henry O. Watson
as Man at Cafe
Tim Watters
as Bill Clinton
Brent Mendenhall
as George Bush
Tracy Trueman
as Pete's Ex-Wife
Jack Heptonstall
as Farmer Hubberd
John Lyle Campbell
as Man on Plane
Riley Cantner
as Kid with Cold
Ken Whelan
as Police Officer No. 2
Sean Michael Arthur
as Police Officer No. 3
Peter Epstein
as New York Gunman
Heidi Hoppenfeld
as Executive Assistant
Gary Lindsay
as Reporter No. 1
Natasha Smith
as Reporter No. 2
John Sharify
as Reporter No. 3
Tracy Vedder
as Reporter No. 4
Mike James
as Reporter No. 5
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Critic Reviews for Life or Something Like It

All Critics (136) | Top Critics (37)

Life, though funny and sometimes charming, doesn't give Lanie a believable context in which to stop and smell the roses.

Full Review… | July 20, 2002
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Comes on like a romantic comedy with metaphysical pretensions, but somehow these opposing aspects manage to cancel each other out, leaving us with laugh-lite comedy and, well, metaphysical pretensions.

Full Review… | June 1, 2002
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

Old fashioned date movie for older teens.

Full Review… | December 25, 2010
Common Sense Media

Pseudo-spiritual nonsense...

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

...mostly just dull and forgettable.

Full Review… | August 1, 2003
Reel Film Reviews

...Clearly displays the workmanlike instincts of its creative team, instincts which neither inspire greatness nor fail altogether.

Full Review… | February 8, 2003
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Audience Reviews for Life or Something Like It

Not that bad of a film and you really can't predict the ending at all.

Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer


Angelina is told she's going to die by a tramp and so sets about learning what's "important" in life by shagging a flat, characterless bloke who uses his young estranged son to get in her pants, and making Stockard Channing cry on national TV. I feel positively enlightened. The only appeal to this tackily directed piffle is Ms. Jolies easiness on the eye. Except in this she looks like a heroin addict with Margaret Thatcher's hair do.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

As a huge fan of Angelina, I read about this movie and I thought "What the hell? Oh, I bet this is gonna be lame... nice title." but after a while I started wanting to see it more and more until on opening night I HAD to go. And I have to say the movie wasn't awful.. and it wasn't, like, the best movie I've ever seen. But it was fun.. I loved it.. and I'd definitely like to watch it again. The scene where the crowd was singing was kind of stupid and unrealistic.. but it was funny.. and like a lot of things I couldn't stop laughing at it. Haha. This is the kind of movie you watch when you just want to have some fun with a bunch of friends.. and if that's all your looking for then you'll love it too. Angelina was awesome, as usual, and the rest of the cast did pretty good too. If you thought this was a bad movie then you're probably just expecting too much from it. I thought it was great!

Cassandra Maples

Super Reviewer

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