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Life or Something Like It (2002)

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A reporter interviews a psychic, who tells her that she's going to die and her life is meaningless.

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Stephen Herek

Writers:

John Scott Shepherd (story), John Scott Shepherd (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Angelina Jolie ... Lanie Kerrigan
Edward Burns ... Pete (as Ed Burns)
Tony Shalhoub ... Prophet Jack
Christian Kane ... Cal Cooper
James Gammon ... Pat Kerrigan
Melissa Errico ... Andrea
Stockard Channing ... Deborah Connors
Lisa Thornhill ... Gwen
Gregory Itzin ... Dennis (as Greg Itzin)
Max Baker ... Vin
Andromeda Dunker Andromeda Dunker ... Mo
Jesse James Rutherford Jesse James Rutherford ... Tommy
Veena Sood ... Doctor
Eric Snellman Eric Snellman ... George
Theron Zahn Theron Zahn ... Steve
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Storyline

A reporter, Lanie Kerrigan (Jolie), interviews a psychic homeless man (Shalhoub) for a fluff piece about a football game's score. Instead, he tells her that her life has no meaning, and is going to end in just a few days, which sparks her to action, trying to change the pattern of her life... Written by Greg Dean Schmitz

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Taglines:

What if you only had 7 days to live? See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content, brief violence and language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

20th Century Fox [Japan]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 April 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

7 jours et une vie See more »

Filming Locations:

USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,219,234, 28 April 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$14,448,589, 30 June 2002

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,873,000, 31 December 2002
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When the film was in development in 1998, Joel Schumacher was considered to direct with Renée Zellweger set to star, but 20th Century Fox wanted a bigger star and both Schumacher and Zellweger dropped out. See more »

Goofs

When Lanie is in New York, she is told by the network guy that her live interview will be on at 8 a.m. When the morning show starts, the male host welcomes "all the viewers from the West Coast for this special live broadcast." Presumably, they are doing that because Lanie is from Seattle. During the interview, we see her sister and brother-in-law watching it in a sunny room in their mansion. Eight in the morning in New York is five in the morning in Seattle; the sun would not yet be up, especially in early autumn, when the movie takes place. See more »

Quotes

Lanie: Well, I hope you're happy.
Pete: Define happiness.
Lanie: Your death.
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Features Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) See more »

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Happy Together
Written by Gary Bonner (as Garry Bonner) & Alan Gordon
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Interesting comedy/drama movie from several angles
8 April 2005 | by Reality-BitesSee all my reviews

I enjoyed this movie, thanks in large part to the fact that I saw it on FX channel, on their "DVD on TV" movie night, where those two hosts (can't remember their names...) give you supplementary facts and other commentary about the movie during the commercial breaks.

The story was actually fairly engrossing: Angelina Jolie's character (Lanie Kerrigan), who is a news reporter, is told by some strange street prophet, Jack (played by Tony Shaloub), that she will die in a week. The story unfolds as she proceeds to live her rather hectic, self-absorbed life interspersed with romance, a somewhat strained relationship with her father and sister, and the ever-present wonderment as to whether Jack the Prophet will be correct in his prophecy that Lanie will in fact die in a week. In other words, the movie does manage to keep you on the hook right up to the very end. (The ending was a bit lame, but still had a good message if you care to adjust yourself to it.)

Jolie's character, Lanie, is interesting, because if you watch the movie more than once, you will most likely start to be intrigued by her appearance: the platinum blonde hair, the puffy lips, the expressive eyes, the makeup.... you might start to think she resembles Marilyn Monroe, or, you may just write her off as a woman who actually looks a bit like an attractive transvestite(!). But no matter, because whether you like Angelina Jolie or not, you can't help but be a bit intrigued by the appearance of her character, which is kind of "out there" for Jolie. One potential problem, though, is that she is possibly TOO out there, to the point where she may distract the viewer from seeing the message of the movie

Tony Shaloub's character, Jack the Prophet, is very well portrayed by Mr. Shaloub. He's lovably wacko, and plus he has some pretty funny lines in spite of his plight in life. I like the Ed Burns character, Pete, because he reflects reality, whereas Jolie's character is kind of too unreal, but still fun to watch.

I liked the setting of the movie, Seattle, since I live in Seattle. For those of us who live in the rainy city, it's fun to see an interesting movie that takes place in our environs. They also used actual news people from a local Seattle TV station, so it was kind of fun to see people whom I've been seeing on the local nightly news actually appear in a Hollywood movie. They changed their real names, though, which was kind of weird.

There were a few things I didn't like about the movie, the main one being that Lanie, who works as a modern-day TV reporter, comes across to me as just way too much of a sex-pot, I mean just way outside the realm of reality. It gets to be jarring after awhile to see such a sexy creature being passed off as a news reporter when we all KNOW that no modern local news station would put such a pouty, platinum-haired blonde on the air (....or WOULD they??? as Conan O'Brien would say.) But mainly I liked the movie, and it was actually worth a repeat viewing, as it kind of grows on you, and ultimately makes you THINK about your own life, your own values, your personal destiny, etc. BTW, there's a pretty good batch of songs that accompanied the movie too, though I don't believe there is an actual soundtrack available, so you will probably have to hunt down each song individually.

All in all an interesting movie, with a message worth pondering - if you can get past the steady distraction of the appearance of Angelina Jolie, of course.

Well, that's my review. You guys have been a great audience, thanks for listening!


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