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Life as We Know It (2010)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  8 October 2010 (USA)
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Two single adults become caregivers to an orphaned girl when their mutual best friends die in an accident.


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Holly and Eric were set up on a blind date by their friends, Peter and Allison who are married. After Peter and Allison are killed in an accident, they learn that they have been named as the guardians to Peter and Allison's daughter, Sophie. So they move into their house and try their best to honor their friends' wishes. But raising a child puts a crimp on their style and they don't exactly get along. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A comedy about taking it one step at a time.


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual material, language and some drug content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

8 October 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bajo el mismo techo  »

Box Office


$38,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$14,506,464 (USA) (8 October 2010)


$53,358,964 (USA) (21 January 2011)

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Messer is seen wearing a University of North Dakota "Sioux" shirt. Josh Duhamel is from North Dakota. See more »


When Holly is spraying the two cans of air freshener through the house, as she walks backwards to the door you can see the shadow of the cameraman in the wall. See more »


Holly Berenson: They love Sophie more than anything in they entire world, and out of everyone, Messer, they picked us.
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I Laughed, I Cried, I wanted more...
18 October 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Life as We Know It" (2010). Having seen the film myself I was moved with empathy when the character of Holly Berenson discovers the death of her two best friends. This in turn causes an emotional breakdown in the local police precinct where she is joined by Eric (the other friend of the couple). I also thought the comedic timing was great as well with the chemistry within the cast. This was truly a film which held my attention. I laughed, I cried, I wanted more. The situation at hand was of two opposite people that have nothing in common; are abruptly placed as the legal guardians of their friends child, after the couple perish in an automobile accident. Soon after Holly and Eric Messer move into their friends home to make an attempt at raising the child. Throughout the film they show the difficult burden of raising a child before one truly knows they are prepared for such a step. The film concludes with a bond having formed over the three main characters Holly, Eric, and the little baby left in their care. This is a film that many should take the time to see and enjoy. The story shows how against the odds of tragedy two people can grow up and discover possibilities within themselves. The possibility to care for and further another human life.

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