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 … More

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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as Lanie Kerrigan

as Prophet Jack

as Cal Cooper

as Lanie's Father

as Deborah Connors

as Dennis

as Doctor

as Striker Bob

as Club Kid

as Another Club Kid

as Man No. 1 in Sports ...

as Man No. 2 in Sports ...

as KQMO Anchorwoman

as Strike News Anchor

as Morning Show Host

as Morning Show Hostess

as Carrie Maddox

as Jake Manning

as Lori Ruben

as Mark Laughlin

as Weatherman Sam

as Hope Carmichael

as Airline Attendant

as Lanie (age 10)

as Gwen (age 15)

as High School Teenager

as Plaza Doorman

as Lanie's Mother

as Gwen's Daughter

as Gwen's Son

as Gwen's Husband

as NYC Cop

as KQMO News Director

as Control Room Tech

as Frightened Flyer

as Airport Guard

as Plaza Bell Man

as Russian Driver

as AMUSA Producer

as Makeup Guy

as Stage Manager

as Woman at Cafe

as Man at Cafe

as Bill Clinton

as George Bush

as Pete's Ex-Wife

as Farmer Hubberd

as Man on Plane

as Kid with Cold

as Police Officer No. 2

as Police Officer No. 3

as New York Gunman

as Executive Assistant

as Reporter No. 1

as Reporter No. 2

as Reporter No. 3

as Reporter No. 4

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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