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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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Director:
Writers:
Kat Coiro (screenplay)
Krysten Ritter (screenplay)
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Release Date:
13 April 2012 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
A comedy that's a real mother.
Plot:
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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Cast

  (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
 
Thanks
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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MPAA:
Rated R for sexual content including references
Runtime:
USA:100 min
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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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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
A Nutshell Review: L!fe Happens, 2 June 2012
Author: DICK STEEL from Singapore

The title says it all, when precautions aren't taken and risks weren't evaluated, allowing the body to rule over the mind, and nine months later, life happens. As the premise goes, Kim (Krysten Ritter) decided to go ahead with her one night stand anyway when housemate and friend Deena (Kate Bosworth) took the last piece of latex to fuel her own carnal desires, and that lapse costs Kim dearly when she becomes mom to Baby Max (played by Connor and Zachary Ross). This becomes the comedic tale of single motherhood, friendship, romance and the likes, a pure chick flick that walks the path of one's horror story during a moment of indiscretion.

Kim certainly isn't cut out to being a mother, clearly without a proper support structure in place save for housemates Deena and Laura (Rachel Bilson), who between them juggle time to take care of Max in what would be reminiscent of Three Men and a Baby. But of course this time juggle wrecks havoc on every one's lives especially when they're at the crossroads of their individual profession, and having baby at home means less time outside for nights out,

Directed by Kat Coiro who co-wrote the story with Krysten Ritter, which they claim had a lot of their individual characters and traits put into the characters of Kim and Deena, Life Happens plays out the typical insecurities of the female, with the baby in it more for the gimmick. As the central character in which the film revolves around, Kim shows she's not all that perfect, willing to "disown" her child Max so that she could have a shot at establishing a new relationship with Nicolas (Geoff Stults) whom she met at a party, and learnt fleetingly of his disdain for kids. And seriously her character is not all that likable given that innate crutch to push Max to just about anyone to babysit, while she schemes to get laid, to put it crudely.

While the film also tried to show the prejudices faced by single mothers and the many challenges they have to conquer, the story throws in Deena as the blonde who gets all the fun, with a career that is taking of, and almost always in control over the relationships with the opposite sex. And the scene during the double date was one of the best as it exposes just about how close and chummy both Kim and Deena are, and yet fully understanding each other's flaws and amplifying them just to spite the other. Cat fight, someone?

The casting is a little bit strange and needed getting used to because each of them don't really look too comfortable in their roles. Krysten Ritter for the most parts looked like a dead ringer for Anne Hathaway, while Kate Bosworth struggles as the alpha-female Deena. Perhaps the most wasted of all characters here belonged to Rachel Wilson, who plays the bimbo with questionable careers that don't seem to last, present only to lend her star power, and to play up on her character's naivety during her reality show participation as America's Last Virgin. And with this being a chick flick, the male characters were nothing more than one dimensional caricatures mostly portrayed as perfect studs, or cads for not fulling understanding the plight of the woman.

Don't look toward this film for that silver bullet instructional material on how to bring up a baby. It had some elements underlying its point that parenting is a full time job made all the more difficult when there is no support from a spouse, and literally sapping life out of oneself in the care and development of another human being. It's almost similar in treatment to another single mom film titled Motherhood starring Uma Thurman, but this one had a lot more characters involved in raising the baby, and having a bevy of good looking casts in a comedy always helps.

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