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A scene from “L!fe Happens,” directed by Kat Coiro.

Published: April 12, 2012

Opens on FrIday nationwide.

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1 hour 40 minutes

Remember those girls in high school who liked to dot their i’s with ♥’s? It was such an overly cute affectation that it disguised any depth that might lie behind their penmanship. Welcome “L!fe Happens” (note the exclamation mark), a well-acted if mild and silly comedy written by Kat Coiro, the director, and Krysten Ritter, the star.

Ms. Ritter (now in “Don’t Trust the B – – – – in Apartment 23” on television) plays Kim, a happening young woman who dreams of creating a doggie mall but, darn it, loses a race for the last condom in the house she shares with two women. So Kim becomes a single mother, and her determined roommate Deena continues writing academia-infused “Sex and the City”-style self-help books. The other roommate goes from odd job to odd job until landing a spot on a reality show starring women who compete to remain virgins.

“L!fe Happens” is a sister to “Apartment 23,” “2 Broke Girls,” “Best Friends Forever” and other television shows in the women-can-be-funny-too genre. I imagine these sitcoms, all in their first seasons, are going to offer more style and surprises than “L!fe Happens,” which is swamped in Movie People who have Movie Finances, Movie Homes, Movie Emotions and a Movie Ending.

Some capable actors, however, go a ways toward making those movie clichés, at least in places, pleasant. Ms. Ritter and the handsome Geoff Stults have appealing moments as the will-they-get-together-of-course-they-will couple. Performances by the great Kristen Johnston (as a Movie Rich Diva) and the slumming Justin Kirk (as a Movie Eccentric) earn laughs. Most appealing is Kate Bosworth, whose sharp humor as Deena has a bite that dares you to dismiss her. Even if you might dismiss her film.

“L!fe Happens” is rated R (Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian) for sexual references, all rather quirkily cute.


As seen in this picture, it’s clear as day to see the element that the movie is advertising “Life Happens.” The picture shows a woman holding a baby by herself, with two guys playing pool and a woman playing pool with them. The two men and woman isn’t attached to a baby and therefore can play pool, which represents these individuals lives. Life happens looks like a movie I want to see


Posted April 15, 2012 by annabellecunningham18 in Uncategorized

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