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L!fe Happens

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Mature parenting/dating comedy lacks substance, laughs.

Movie R 2012 100 minutes
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L!FE HAPPENS is a downer, not because it's depressing -- single motherhood is, in fact, presented here like a zany, wacky adventure -- but because it lets viewers down in so many ways. Take the actors, who are trying their best in the face of material that labors too hard. It's a pity even Bosworth isn't enough to rescue this vehicle.

The plot has the potential to be interesting, but the execution is woefully tin-eared. The setups with Kim ostensibly being "charmingly" candid about what a killjoy having a baby can be for a single woman looking for love aren't charming at all, or even edgy for that matter. They're just annoying. And the ending? You can spot it mountains away.

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