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L!fe Happens Reviews

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David DeWitt
New York Times
April 12, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
April 13, 2012
Set in Los Angeles, this unfunny comedy succeeds only in perpetuating the worst stereotypes about that city.
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
April 17, 2012
It's a sitcom pilot waiting for re-write.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Andrew Barker
Variety
December 29, 2011
Its smattering of femme-centric gross-out humor [melds] into its scenester single-mother storyline about as gracefully as the odd exclamation point does into its title.
Diego Semerene
Slant Magazine
April 12, 2012
L!fe Happens wants us to believe its message is one of female independence and empowerment.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
April 13, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
April 13, 2012
Coiro ... mixes an off-beat premise and smart, spiky dialogue with the tired old rhythms of a standard romantic comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Nick Schager
Time Out
April 10, 2012
Something happens here, but it isn't life.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
February 21, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Sara Stewart
New York Post
April 13, 2012
A likable concept that deflates into conventionality...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media
April 13, 2012
Mature parenting/dating comedy lacks substance, laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Justin Lowe
Hollywood Reporter
April 12, 2012
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.
Matt Pais
RedEye
April 12, 2012
Not only offers no insight on relationships but seems completely unfamiliar with normal human behavior.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
April 5, 2012
An unappealing comedy about a friendship between two women that is put in jeopardy when one of them has a child.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
September 20, 2012
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
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
April 26, 2012
It's more like watching an extended sitcom than a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
April 10, 2012
A blonde-brunette buddy comedy with a charmless cast (Rachel Bilson plays the third roomie, a Christian virgin) and banter as flat as Deena's favorite no-strings imperative, "Bone and bolt."
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
April 13, 2012
The ensemble cast tries its best with generic material that offers little insight into contemporary relationships.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
April 12, 2012
A case study in how bad movies can turn an ordinary, relatable situation into a grotesque distortion with only a passing resemblance to the way actual human beings live and interact with each other.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Loren King
Boston Globe
April 12, 2012
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."
| Original Score: 2/4
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