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Fox Home Entertainment presents
Life or Something Like It... (2002)

Lanie: I met a homeless guy and he had a vision.
Cal: What like ESPN?
Lanie: No, he had ESP! There's no N.

- Angelina Jolie, Christian Kane

Review By: Kevin Clemons   
Published: October 16, 2002

Stars: Angelina Jolie, Edward Burns
Other Stars: Tony Shalhoub, James Gammon, Stockard Channing
Director: Stephen Herek

Manufacturer: DVDL
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexual content, brief language, and violence
Run Time: 01h:43m:21s
Release Date: October 15, 2002
UPC: 024543053989
Genre: romantic comedy


Style
Grade
Substance
Grade
Image Transfer
Grade
Audio Transfer
Grade
Extras
Grade
C D+B+B+ C+

DVD Review

What would you do if you knew that you had only one week left to live? Would you right the wrongs in your life, realize that love is something not to be missed and spend your remaining days with someone who truly cares for you? Or, perhaps you would follow the trappings of a predictable screenplay and change your life to fit the needs of genre conventions, as Stephen Herek does with Life or Something Like Itů. Unfortunately, Herek turns in one of the most disappointing movie experiences of the year.

The city of Seattle is falling in love with Lanie Kerrigan (Jolie) and, hey, why shouldn't they? She is an increasingly popular television reporter with a chance at stardom and a network job, her boyfriend is a baseball star with the hometown Mariners, and she has the perfect apartment and friends. In other words, who wouldn't want to be Lanie? But life isn't as perfect for Lanie as it could be, after she delivers a story covering a local homeless man (Shaloub) in which he prophesizes Lanie's death. Enter Pete (Burns), a gruff cameraman with a certain moral flexibility that Lanie detests—if only (of course) there weren't some underlying romance issues.

The largest fault of Life Or Something Like Itů is that it never takes the daring chances offered by the situations it creates in the plot. When Lanie is given the opportunity for her big break, is there any doubt that she will rise above everything and succeed with Pete by her side? If you are having trouble answering this question, please crawl out from under your rock and enjoy civilization. The picture feels too preoccupied with cute moments that will make us realize that Lanie and Pete are perfect for each other, that the issues that deserve to be brought to the front, including, Lanie's dealings with her family, are passed over for more light-hearted fare.

Though the film suffers from a poorly written script, the performances are terrific across the board. Jolie is, as expected, perfect in her first conventional romantic comedy. Her ability to effectively portray Lanie's beliefs and dilemmas in spite of a poor script is perhaps the high point of the film. Equally fine is Burns, who shows more charisma here than he has in his previous efforts, which helps generate some truly energetic chemistry on screen.

Life or Something Like Itů could have been a better effort had it not played the genuinely intriguing central premise so safely. The idea of fate, death, and love blending together with appealing characters is perhaps the perfect formula for an original and enjoyable motion picture. Stephen Herek's film, however, goes for cookie cutter romantic comedy standards, creating a disappointing love story.



Rating for Style: C
Rating for Substance: D+

 

Image Transfer

 OneTwo
Aspect Ratio2.35:1 - Widescreen1.33:1 - Full Frame
Original Aspect Ratioyesno
Anamorphicyesno


Image Transfer Review: Life or Something Like Itů is offered from Fox in both a 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer as well as a severely butchered full-frame version. The widescreen transfer is, of course, the version of choice, though I wish I could be more excited about it. The image is not on par with other recent Fox releases, although it is in no way a poor effort. The generally bright color palette looks fine, but the colors don't pop off the screen as is often the case with the best transfers. Sharpness and detail are fine and the image has a very film-like look. I noticed a few moments of edge enhancement. An average transfer from Fox, but hey, their average transfers are often what other studios dream of.

Image Transfer Grade: B+

 

Audio Transfer

 LanguageRemote Access
DS 2.0Englishyes
Dolby Digital
5.1
Englishno


Audio Transfer Review: The Dolby Digital 5.1 mix for Life or Something Like Itů is similar to other romantic comedies in that the focal point of the mix resides largely in the center channel. Dialogue sounds fine, with no distortion. The surround, left and right speakers do a fine job of backing up the music used in the film, though they offer nothing more.

Audio Transfer Grade: B+

 

Disc Extras

Animated menu
Scene Access with 21 cues and remote access
Subtitles/Captions in English, Spanish, French with remote access
1 Feature/Episode commentary by director Stephen Herek
Packaging: Amaray
1 Disc
2-Sided disc(s)
Layers: single

Extras Review: A commentary track by director Stephen Herek is the single extra feature. Herek does a nice job, though his comments never really offer any insight into the film. He discusses the numerous locations used in the film as well as his admiration for the cast and crew, but the track suffers from pauses throughout. In fact, I had to double check to make sure I had the track on at the start as he drops out less than a few minutes into the feature.

Extras Grade: C+

 

Final Comments

With a terrific pair of performances from Jolie and Burns, it is difficult to state that Life or Something Like Itů is completely unworthy of praise, though the work of the lead actors comes too little too late. The video and audio portions are fine, but the only special feature is a slightly lackluster commentary.

 


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