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L!fe Happens -- A comedy centered on two best friends, Kim and Deena, who fight to maintain normalcy in their lives after Kim gets pregnant and has a baby.
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13 April 2012 (USA) See more »
A comedy that's a real mother.
A comedy centered on two best friends, Kim and Deena, who fight to maintain normalcy in their lives after Kim gets pregnant and has a baby. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Krysten Ritter ... Kim

Kate Bosworth ... Deena

Rachel Bilson ... Laura

Geoff Stults ... Nicholas

Justin Kirk ... Henri

Fallon Goodson ... Jayde

Andrea Savage ... Patti

Kristen Johnston ... Francesca

Rhys Coiro ... Marc

Jason Biggs ... Sergei

Seymour Cassel ... Pop Pop

Louis Silvers ... Barry Robert Philips
Zachary Ross ... Baby Max
Connor Ross ... Baby Max

Colin Egglesfield ... Ivan #1

Ivan Shaw ... Ivan #2

Jenny Mollen ... Rita the Receptionist

Abby Brammell ... Shiva the Yoga Teacher

Marguerite Moreau ... Pauline

Lauren Conrad ... Herself

Katie Morgan ... Dr. Katie

Nic Novicki ... Nurse Nic

Merrin Dungey ... Hester

Laura Silverman ... Ms. Crenshaw
Tesla Allgood ... Baby J.J.J.

Devan Leos ... Billy

Cody Benjamin Lee ... Alternative Teen 1

Brody Nicholas Lee ... Alternative Teen 2

Bruce Robert Cole ... Bob the Broker
Shelby Janes ... Diner Waitress

Jon Heder ... Wrong Number Caller

Milana Vayntrub ... Jayde's Friend Tanya
Jevin Rae Udcoff ... J.J.J. at 1 Year
Jem Walrath ... Max at 1 Year

Darrel Davenport ... Hot Jogger #1

Brandon Quinn ... Hot Jogger #2
Marghi Coiro ... Laughing Toddler
Henry Nilsen Healy ... Boy Toddler
Faye Walrath ... Yoga Toddler

Alex Essoe ... Girl in Waiting Room (as Alexandra Essoe)
Edith Jefferson ... Elderly Woman
Claire Wood ... Reality Show Crew
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Carissa Blades ... Allison (uncredited)

Carlton Diggs ... Reality Show Boom Op (uncredited)

Norman Matthew Kim ... Diner Customer (uncredited)

Ricki Lander ... Wanda the Waitress (uncredited)

Karin Lee ... Allison's Friend (uncredited)

Allie McCulloch ... Pregnant Woman (uncredited)

Kristin Sargent ... Bar Patron (uncredited)

Directed by
Kat Coiro 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Kat Coiro  screenplay
Krysten Ritter  screenplay

Produced by
Carissa Blades .... associate producer
Bobbie Blyle .... associate producer
Lauren Bratman .... line producer
Kat Coiro .... co-producer
Justin L. Levine .... executive producer
Justin L. Levine .... producer
David J. Phillips .... co-producer
Krysten Ritter .... co-producer
Corbin Timbrook .... co-producer
Original Music by
Mateo Messina  (as Matt Messina)
Cinematography by
Doug Chamberlain 
Film Editing by
Adam Catino 
Eli Nilsen 
Casting by
Leslie Woo 
Production Design by
Kathrin Eder 
Art Direction by
Emmy Eves 
Costume Design by
Ilaria Urbinati 
Makeup Department
Allison Bryan .... special makeup effects artist
Christi Cagle .... key hair stylist
Phoebe Dawson .... assistant makeup artist
Voni Hinkle .... hair department head
Loralee James .... assistant makeup artist
Amy Nadine .... makeup department head
Stephanie Kae Panek .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Carrie Goggans .... second second assistant director
Corbin Larson .... first assistant director
Matthew Ponichtera .... second assistant director
Art Department
Sean Preston .... set decorator
Ben Record .... property master
Katie Shipley .... set dresser
Vanessa Velez Boswell .... art department assistant
Dakota Warren .... storyboard artist
Sound Department
Carlton Diggs .... sound utility
Sean Gray .... sound effects editor
Brandon Huus .... boom operator
Jackie Johnson .... dialogue editor
Reza Moosavi .... production sound mixer
Ben Whitver .... adr mixer
Brian S.M. Wroth .... dialogue editor
Ben Zarai .... sound re-recording mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Sebastian Bueno .... best boy grip
Eric Carrillo .... grip
Brad Grimmett .... steadicam operator
Juan Pablo Jara .... camera loader
Ed Joyce .... electrician
Bob Low .... electrician
Paul Meehan .... key grip
David Palmieri .... gaffer
Timothy Robert Ryan .... lighting technician
Marty Stiles .... second assistant camera
Carol Stoddard .... still photographer
Igor Tochilnikov .... electrician
Joseph Turrentine .... grip
Claire Wood .... video operator
Casting Department
Carmen Betancourt .... extras casting
James P. Driscoll .... extras casting
Sean Dubravac .... extras casting
Matt Ilczuk .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Alexandria Hardesty .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Sammi Cohen .... assistant editor
Julian McDougald .... digital intermediate producer
Music Department
Timo Chen .... music assistant
Timo Chen .... musician: guitar
Sanaz Lavaedian .... assistant music supervisor
Robin Urdang .... music supervisor
Greg Vines .... music editor
Transportation Department
Tim J. Bonino .... transportation
Louis Dargenzio .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Andrew Alexander .... production assistant
Rich Brand .... electronic press kit producer
Erika Canchola .... production attorney
Erin Casteel .... script supervisor
Michelle Chang .... production attorney (as Michelle S. Chang)
Sammi Cohen .... assistant to director
Sammi Cohen .... production assistant
Alana Crow .... business and legal affairs
Carly Gemmill .... assistant to kate bosworth
Carrie Goggans .... production assistant
Shelby Janes .... production coordinator
Lee Meltzer .... film publicist
Dean A. Parker .... location manager
Matthew Ponichtera .... production assistant
Elsa Ramo .... production attorney
Daniel Rbibo .... insurance services
Laura Solomon .... additional script supervisor
Erin Vitali .... set production assistant
Tareek Young .... production assistant
Rebecca Atwood .... special thanks
Dana Lyn Baron .... special thanks
Steve Caserta .... special thanks
Jeff Chassen .... special thanks
Gina Cunningham .... very special thanks
Philip d'Amecourt .... special thanks
Sean Dubravac .... special thanks
Peter Eves .... very special thanks
Jim Field Smith .... special thanks
Alexis Garcia .... special thanks
Kira Goldberg .... special thanks
Lisa Hallerman .... special thanks
Molly Hassell .... special thanks
Christine Holder .... special thanks
Mark Holder .... special thanks
Gill Holland .... special thanks
Matt Ilczuk .... special thanks
Mike Landry .... special thanks
Kyle Luker .... special thanks
Brent Morley .... special thanks
Rachel Orlikoff .... special thanks
Kirsten Smith .... special thanks
Carlos Velazquez .... special thanks
Devin Wasley .... special thanks
Gren Wells .... special thanks
Angela Lynn Young .... special thanks

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Rated R for sexual content including references
USA:100 min
Aspect Ratio:
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[first lines]
Kim, Deena:[each rushing out of their room] Do you have a condom?
Kim, Deena:No!
Kim, Deena:Crap!
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4 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
A L!fe not worth living., 26 June 2012
Author: jeddjong from Singapore

L!fe Happens is the latest in a string of chick flicks that aspire to shirk the norms associated with the genre by being more "realistic" and "relatable", presenting life as it, well, happens instead of hitting us in the face with a shirtless Matthew McConaughey. Notice the subversive exclamation mark taking the place of the "i" in "life"? How clever! Doe-eyed Krysten Ritter, a quirky-cute girl in the Zooey Deschanel mould, plays the main character, Kim, and co-authors the screenplay with director Kat Coiro.

Kim and her housemate Deena (Bosworth) engage in a night of debauchery with a guy they each bring home, but lo and behold there's only one condom left, and Deena gets it. As a result, Kim gets pregnant and becomes a single mum, living with Deena and other housemate, the ditzy Laura. Kim juggles motherhood with a job as a dog-walker working under mean boss Francesca (Kristen Johnson), and inadvertently lies about her mummy status to Nicholas (Geoff Stults), a cute guy she meets. Hilarity and drama supposedly ensue.

Now wait a minute – forgive this reviewer if he's mistaken, but that sounds exactly like sticking to chick flick norms. The movie tries so hard to have a hip, indie feel that it slides ever so noticeably down the slippery slope into slickly-packaged, commercialised rom-com territory. You've got the free-wheeling heroine who is suddenly saddled with the responsibilities of single motherhood, the slightly bitchy best friend who also happens to be an advice columnist, the chain-smoking, wine-guzzling boss who treats the heroine like garbage, the hunky prospective love interest whom the heroine misleads and, last but not least, cute dogs.

Despite having something of a plot, the movie unravels rather aimlessly, like the cameraman is hanging around capturing stuff as they, well, happen. The audience gets inundated with inane pop music and the movie awkwardly lurches from comedy to drama. For example, Kim and Nicholas are in the middle of their requisite love scene when something, uh, happens – something that wouldn't be out of place in a gross-out Farrelly Brothers comedy. The filmmakers milk (you'll appreciate the pun after watching the scene) the inherently comedic moment for all the pathos it's worth – the couple argue, Kim stumbles out and drives home, confused, gets into a fight with Deena once she gets home and even gets an angsty bath complete with running mascara. All that's missing is Simple Plan in the background wailing "how could this happen to me?!" The characters are also paper thin, which is unfortunate as the film could have been infinitely better if we cared a little more about them. Admittedly, Ritter is a watchable leading lady and is plenty charming and likable as the protagonist, though one gets the impression she might be better as a slightly meaner character, like the one she now plays on TV in the sitcom Don't Trust the B--- in Apartment 23. The bitchy-best-friend archetype has been done to death, and done better than Kate Bosworth's ham-fisted attempt. The script also finds every excuse to put Rachel Bilson in skimpy outfits, and takes a stab at satire when her character joins a reality TV show where the last virgin standing wins. Justin Kirk does manage to be quite funny, even though the creepy, socially mal-adjusted character who develops an obsession with Deena has also been done to death.

To its credit, the movie did elicit a few chuckles, if only because the humour is so out of left field. When a non-sequitur hurtles out of the screen, it's a fairly pleasant surprise – while the premise and the characters seem tired and a little old, the jokes don't. For example, Kim gushingly compares Nicholas to a Greek statue, when Deena reminds her that they are typically not very well-endowed and Kim's mother-and-baby yoga classmate shows her with a wacky, disturbing children's book she's working on.

As hard as it wants to separate itself from the pack, L!fe Happens can't shake off the time-honoured chick flick conventions it carries around on its back like Kim's baby Max. Ironically, if it weren't trying so hard, maybe it could have worked. But alas, that's life for you.

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