Jan 10, 2011

Life Or Something Like It, 2002

Life or Something Like It, 2002
Director:Stephen Herek
Cast: Angelina Jolie, Edward Burns, Tony Shalhoub

Stage: Home TV selection

Life or something like it in short: 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, which sparks her to action, trying to change the pattern of her life...

Preps: Only the TV commercial, where I sense a drama and of course, Jolie. Despite the dissappointing Tourist, which I saw this weekend, I am eager to experience some more of her.

Reality: This movie is no picnic either, in terms of what it would need to rise up to the standard of a really good movie. Still, it offers a strong consideration to each viewer and leaves the interpretation in clouds. Are you also one of those people, saving the wine for a special occasion, not using the china because it isn't christmas or not enough important people are visiting, not dressing up to just be in the house in the evening with your partner? Well, imagine you had only a few days left. What would you do? Who would you talk to? What would be the places you would choose to visit in those short days?

The short amount of time makes Jolie / Lanie to become who she really is, because it's no use of pretending any more. If she is doomed to live only seven days more, she can go to any place she wants, insult whomever she chooses, scream as loud as she want on air, even if that means she loses her job (ain't going to be around in one week anyway).

Think hard. A fine task, to determine the priorities, and in this lies the secret of why I like the movie. Apart from the philosophical riddle, nothing special. And I hate Jolie wearing this wig. No special dialogues, no special clothes, scenery, anything. But a very thorough consideration what in life is worth having and ditching. All from the perspective of love (Why are we together anyway and what is going to connect us in 10, 20, 30 years).. to burping on the couch, dirty and smelly, eating and not being the perfect housewife. The true herself, as she finds out. Definitely the attic every single one of us should clean up every now and then.

My personal rating: 6,0 (it's actually worth considering once in a while what would you do if you only had one week left. In this sense I recommend seeing this.)

Life or something on IMDB

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