(2011)

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67
It's a trifle, but at least it doesn't star Katherine Heigl.
63
It all sounds dreadful, like the pilot for another brainless comedy series on network TV, but it grows on you.
60
There's certainly an audience for this sort of slick, self-absorbed comedy and the appealing casting augurs well for a brief theatrical run. But the film will most likely find its real home on the small screen, with attentive viewers curled up on the couch with a dish of ice cream.
60
Director Kat Coiro - who co-wrote with Ritter - spices up the formula just enough to keep us watching, while Bosworth adds versatile edge to the BFF banter.
50
Unfortunately, the potential for screwball comedy is wasted because L!fe Happens never finds its thematic tone or comedic rhythm.
50
Coiro, who directed and co-wrote the film with Ritter, has a firm hold on snappish humor and bookish references, but the whole thing sags under a creaky narrative structure.
50
The only really believable character ends up being Bilson's chaste Laura, who snags herself a slot on the reality-show competition "America's Last Virgin."
40
It's paper thin, floating away when it's over without leaving a strong impression one way or another.
20
Something happens here, but it isn't life.
12
L!fe Happens wants us to believe its message is one of female independence and empowerment.

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