Not Approved

Life as we Know it

Holly Berenson (Katherine Heigl) is an up-and-coming caterer and Eric Messer (Josh Duhamel) is a promising network sports director. After a disastrous first date, the only thing they have in common is their dislike for each other and their love for their goddaughter, Sophie. But when they suddenly become all Sophie has in the world, Holly and Messer are forced to put their differences aside. Juggling career ambitions and competing social calendars, they'll have to find some common ground while living under one roof..
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Dove Review

This movie is at least partially targeted toward parents, the sleep-deprived teachers and child guardians who deal with potty issues, feeding time, crying and also the rewards that pop up from time to time. The film features some funny moments including one in which Holly Berenson (Katherine Heigl) and Eric Messer (Josh Duhamel) do NOT want to change one nasty diaper. Parents and babysitters will all relate to the moment.

The premise is that baby Sophie’s parents unfortunately suddenly die and it is in their will that their good friends Holly and Eric should raise their daughter. Holly and Eric had once been set up to go out on a date and it was a disaster before it even got started. But they somehow manage to take on the responsibility and hang in there and they begin to learn they are more right for each other than they ever would have dreamed.

Although the movie has some nice moments, there is also a scene which has bothered some audience members which includes baby Sophie beginning to walk. Holly is not in the room and as she races to see her, after first getting out of the bathtub, she yells at Eric to not let her walk anymore until she gets there. His response is to jab her in the stomach so she promptly falls back and sits on her rear. It was uncomfortable watching how it was done and definitely not in good taste.

At any rate, the film contains strong language and sexual comments as well as unmarried couples sleeping together so we are unable to award our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to the movie.

Dove Rating Details




A motorcycle accident and it is hit by a bus but no one is harmed; it is said that a couple died in a car wreck when the car overturned; a couple argues from time to time.


Kissing, several frank sexual comments; slang for having sex is used several times; unmarried couples sleep together; a gay couple talk about raising their children and the two men are seen holding hands; a married woman notices another man and mentions that he is attractive.


J-1; G/OMG-32; A-9; S-2; H-4; F you-2; D-1; Freakin-1


A motorcycle accident and it is hit by a bus but no one is harmed; it is said that a couple died in a car wreck when the car overturned; a couple argues from time to time.


A man talks about he and his wife smoking marijuana once a year; a couple is seen with marijuana and consider smoking it but do not do it; a character mentions getting rid of the "illegal drugs", the marijuana, when a child protective services representative drops by; a lot of drinking throughout the movie including beer and wine and what looks like champagne.


Cleavage in some scenes; a shirtless man; man seen in his underwear; a woman wears a skimpy elf costume.


The topic of death; two single adults struggle to raise a child and then become romantically entangled.

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