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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Positive messages about friendship and learning to be responsible are diluted by characters' iffy attitudes and behavior (lying, not being there for friends, etc.). L!fe Happens attempts to be frank about the challenges of parenting, particularly as a single mom -- and it does make it clear that taking care of a baby is tough for anyone (though, if anything, parenting is even harder than it appears here).
Positive Role Models
Kim is struggling to juggle the demands of single parenthood while trying to establish a career, date, and maintain her friendships, and the film shows how tough this can be. She's a good mom despite the hurdles, and it's clear she's on a difficult path. That said, she also tells a potential love interest a really big lie, and she doesn't always put her son first. Her friends also have flaws, but everyone ultimately means well.
Violence & Scariness
A boss verbally berates her employee. Some yelling and bickering.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Many sexual references, some quite graphic, and a few sex scenes that, although they involve loud noises and people on top of each other, imply more than they show. One woman prefers anonymous encounters and actively resists men who seek relationships. In an early scene, two roommates scurry around their apartment looking for a condom as their lovers await. Some skimpy attire and discussion of one character's virginity.
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Frequent swearing, including "f--k," "bitch," "ass," "s--t," "p---y," and much more.
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Products & Purchases
Apple products are shown (a laptop, for instance)
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Several scenes take place at bars and parties where everybody is drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that L!fe Happens is a very uneven indie comedy about a young single mom who's trying to establish a career and meet a decent guy while taking care of her baby. She and her best friends (all roommates) are navigating the Los Angeles singles scene, which leads to plenty of sex talk and a few passionate encounters (expect some loud noises and partially clad characters groping, though no actual nudity). Characters also drink and swear ("f--k," "s--t," etc.) frequently, and they don't always make smart choices when it comes to parenting, friendship, or relationships. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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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