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Life or Something Like It
Life or Something Like It
Actors: Angelina Jolie, Edward Burns, Tony Shalhoub, Christian Kane, James Gammon
Director: Stephen Herek
Genres: Comedy
PG-13     2002     1hr 43min

A reporter, Lanie Kerrigan (Jolie), interviews a psychic homeless man (Shalhoub) for a fluff piece about a football game's score. Instead, he tells her that her life has no meaning, and is going to end in just a few days, ...  more »
     
     

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Actors: Angelina Jolie, Edward Burns, Tony Shalhoub, Christian Kane, James Gammon
Director: Stephen Herek
Creators: Arnon Milchan, Chi-Li Wong, Jeffrey Wetzel, John Davis, Kenneth Atchity, Dana Stevens, John Scott Shepherd
Genres: Comedy
Sub-Genres: Romantic Comedies
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen,Widescreen,Anamorphic - Closed-captioned,Dubbed,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 10/15/2002
Original Release Date: 04/26/2002
Theatrical Release Date: 04/26/2002
Release Year: 2002
Run Time: 1hr 43min
Screens: Color,Full Screen,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 14
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English, Spanish, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish

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Member Movie Reviews

Ronda F. from AMERY, WI
Reviewed on 9/18/2010...
I really liked this movie and it's on my favorite lists for movies. Makes you think about what if I were to die next week, what would I do differently? I didn't even realize it was Angelina Jolie for the first part of it. Nice to see this side of her for a change.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Jane H. from PALM HARBOR, FL
Reviewed on 8/15/2009...
4 stars. \A blond Angelina grabbed my attention from the beginning and kept it until the end. Oh course having Edward Burns in the cast made it easy on the eyes!
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Hilda S. from YORKTOWN, VA
Reviewed on 5/4/2008...
One of my favorite Jolie movies. Ed Burns played an awesome role also in this story about life and death. Appreciating how very short life is and how many blessings surround us.
2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

Is Your Life Meaningful?
wildkarrde3 | Bronx, NY USA | 05/01/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Being a die-hard Angelina Jolie fan, I just had to see Life or Something Like It. I wasn't too enthusiastic about going after viewing the TV trailer, but Jolie is such a terrific actress, I figured, "How bad could it be?" Well, the answer is NOT BAD AT ALL. I expected a quirky comedy with the usual guy-gets-girl storyline. What I got was something I could relate to.
Have you ever wondered if decisions you've made have made your life more or less meaningful? Lanie (Angelina Jolie), a Seattle TV reporter, has 7 days to figure that out. After an interview with a homeless, self-proclaimed prophet, she's not so sure. You see, the prophet has predicted that, not only will she not get the big network job she's been striving for, but that Lanie will die the following week! With the help of cameraman Pete (Edward Burns), Lanie works on making her life meaningful before time runs out. And of course, in true romantic comedy fashion, she falls in love along the way.
Not only did I enjoy watching the movie, but I could tell that the actors enjoyed making the movie. In my favorite scene, Lanie leads a crowd of striking transit workers in a rousing rendition of the Rolling Stones hit "Satisfaction". You could tell Jolie & cast were having alot of fun with that scene.
It's a film that makes you think about the life we take for granted and the choices we make each day without a thought.
Go see this movie and you'll leave it like I did - with a smile on your face!"
Life or Something Like it - A wonderful romantic comedy!
K. Wyatt | St. Louis, MO United States | 02/13/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"After watching this wonderful romantic comedy one must simply come to the conclusion, if they haven't already, that Angelina Jolie has to be one of the best female actresses in the industry and has been for sometime. Every new film that I've watched her in just shows me more and more of what a versatile actress this beautiful woman is. I don't always purchase romantic comedies but with a lead actress the likes of Angelina Jolie, purchasing "Life or Something Like it" is a simple choice. Between the script and the performances given by Angelina Jolie and Edward Burns and the other supporting actors in this film, this film is a sure thing when it comes to entertainment value. Of additional note is the exceptional performance by Tony Shalhoub whose character provides much of the catalyst for this wonderful film.One only needs to click on the link for director Stephen Herek to see that given his past films, this film should be a very good one. He definitely deserves much praise for bringing this film together the way he did.The Premise:Lanie Kerrigan (Angelina Jolie) is an extremely ambitious and self absorbed local news reporter in Seattle whose star is rising and will soon have an opportunity to be elevated to the national level. The only thing in her way is her boss's insistence that she must do some camera work with Pete (Edward Burns) who is a former lover and their relationship isn't exactly a great one. As part of her work in Seattle, Pete takes her to meet Prophet Jack (Tony Shalhoub) who is a street bum with the talents of a prophet, hence his name. After she asks him whether she'll get the big job he tells that she won't because she's going to be dead on the following Thursday...What follows from there is one of the best romantic comedies that I've watched in quite some time that is made that much better by Angelina Jolie's wonderful performance in the lead role!I highly recommend this film to any and all that enjoys romantic comedies or just good movies in general! {ssintrepid}Special Features:-Full-Length Audio Commentary by Director Stephen Herek"
A must for Angelina Jolie fans, Worth seeing if you're not.
Christopher Wyer | Berlin, WI USA | 05/28/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)

"The best way that I feel I can describe this movie is this: I liked it, but I'm not exactly sure how much. There are several reasons why I liked the movie but not a lot of reasons to make me think it's one of the best ever made. First off, any fan of Angelina Jolie shouldn't think twice about seeing this movie. She continues to prove time and again what a versatile actress she is. And if anyone else had played her role, this movie would have come across extremely boring. The rest of the cast was well chosen but they definitely weren't enough to carry the movie by themselves. The addition of Stockard Channing was a very fitting one as she did an excellent job of playing the network news equivalent of Jenny Jones meets Barbara Walters. And Edward Burns does an adequate job of playing Jolie's cameraman and part time love interest.The story itself had a lot of interesting elements to it. Angelina Jolie plays Lannie Kerrigan, a Seattle Reporter who is living the perfect life, or at least what she thinks is the perfect life. She has the perfect body, the perfect hair, a major league baseball player as her fiance, and is one step away from her perfect network news anchor job in New York City. Everything is running according to plan, when one day, while on assignment she is given some life altering news. A street prophet tells her that in one week she will die. At first she dismisses his prophecy as nothing to be taken seriously, but as his other predictions come true, her perfect world starts to unravel. She is forced to look at every aspect of her life and realizes that everything she thought was so important doesn't really matter. What follows is a mixture of sometimes funny and at times depressing series of events that teach her the true meaning of what a perfect life really is.

All in all a solid movie to go and see. The performances were all done very well, with Angelina Jolie being the bright spot in the whole movie. There were several memorable scenes, including the impromptu singing of "Satisfaction" during a bus driver strike. This movie was definitely a feel good comedy from start to finish, with a few sad parts that were necessary to bring the viewer back up. And my personal favorite scene was Jolie and her fiance taking batting practice. It just really cracked me up. This isn't a movie you have to see in theatre's by any means, but would be well worth the rental price sometime for a date night at home. The Breakdown:
1. Plot-8 (neat structure for a romantic comedy)
2. Characters-8 (very detailed and well developed)
3. Flow-9 (moved along quite nicely)
4. Atmosphere-9 (you can tell a lot of thought went into the setup)
5. Cinematography-8 (not a lot of creativity but didn't look low budget either)
6. Entertainment value-9 (surprisingly attention grabbing for such a simple plot)
7. Replay Value-7 (not a movie I could watch all the time but not necessarily one I would turn off either)
8. Casting/character depth-9 (Great casting for the most part and excellent detail to characters)
9. Relevance to genre-8 (hard to categorize but a good all around movie)
10. X-factors-8 (Angelina Jolie alone makes this movie worth seeing)83/100"