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L!fe Happens Blu-ray Review
Two roommates, one condom; what could possibly go wrong? Nothing as bad as the movie, L!fe Happens.
The two roommates are Kim (Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23's Krysten Ritter) and Deena (Kate Bosworth). Apparently, both are so desperate for a night with men they hardly know, they fight over the last condom, caution is thrown into the wind, and Kim ends up pregnant.
This is all within the first 2 minutes of the movie.
A year later, the baby daddy ditches his responsibilities. Surprised? Hardly. However, it doesn't even matter. She's vile and so is everyone in this movie.
L!fe Happens isn't a good movie. In fact, it's hardly a movie. It's like bits and pieces of a movie. Even at 101 minutes, you hardly get to know the characters. If we're supposed to feel bad for a single mother just because she's single, well... that's not a reason. She expects her friends to baby-sit, gets money from her grandfather, lies to the one guy (Geoff Stults) that hasn't crapped all over her, and has dreams of opening a doggie mall. Yes, that's a shopping structure for dogs.
We know even less about Kim's friends, except that Deena loves to party and is apparently a great writer and the other (a blip from Rachel Bilson) is a virgin with several odd (literally) jobs. When Lauren Conrad makes an appearance as someone young women should aspire to be, you know that L!fe Happens -- and you've just wasted 103 minutes of it.
Despite the low budget, L!fe Happens is a pretty good looking film. It has its share of soft moments, but overall, it's got some nice grain and sharp images. The colors are probably this 2.40:1 transfer's strongest suit, with a bold, lifelike palette and great skintones throughout.
L!fe Happens kicks off with quite the boomin' version of Chamillionaire's hit "Ridin." Those first few moments are the most full this DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track is for the entire film. From there, it's mostly a front-heavy affair, with the main focus on the film's clear dialogue.
It seems a little odd that this release would come without extras. Both director Kat Coiro and star Krysten Ritter wrote the film together. There are no on-screen antics, no bloopers, no word about the large cast, and no commentary with the real-life friends. Did everyone want to distance themselves from this film that badly? I don't blame them.
L!fe Happens was made on the shoestring budget of $930,000, so it looks like someone must have called in a few favors. Sadly, the film delivers nothing in return. Yes, L!fe Happens, but that doesn't mean you have to watch it.
- Actors: Krysten Ritter, Kate Bosworth, Rachel Bilson, Geoff Stults, Justin Kirk, Fallon Goodson, Andrea Savage, Seymour Cassell, Rhys Cord, Jason Biggs, Kristen Johnston
- Director: Kat Coiro
- Audio/Languages: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (English)
- Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
- Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
- Number of Discs: 1
- Rating: R
- Studio: Universal
- Blu-ray Disc Release Date: August 28, 2012
- Run Time: 101 minutes
- List Price: $26.98
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