Life or Something Like It [DVD] [2002]

Reviled by critics, Life Or Something Like It gets a second chance on home video. The DVD has it's good points, but isn't anything out of the ordinary. On the plus side, the picture is brilliant in every respect. Presented in both the theatrical ratio of 2.35:1, and anamorphic, and a severely cropped pan and scan, the image is just what one expects from this digital format. Colors are captured perfectly, while darks are solid. Flesh tones are a particular high point and very realistic. The sound, while nothing really to complain about, also isn't overly interesting. Yes, dialogue and effects come across nicely, but the lack of any real surround material doesn't make it feel as complete. As for supplements, that is the weak link. The only thing included is a commentary track from director Stephen Herek. He is enjoyable enough to listen to, with a wide range of topical material on this scene specific track ,but even like the best commentaries, he finds himself running out of steam later in the film, leaving larger and larger gaps of dead air (fortunately the films soundtrack can still be heard in the background so there isn't complete silence). Is this a great film? Clearly not, but fans of the romantic-comedy genre will most likely enjoy the familiar trappings.
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Special Features

  • Full-length audio commentary by director Stephen Herek
  • Scene selection
  • Widescreen format (Aspect ratio 2.35:1)
  • Full frame format (Aspect ratio 1.33:1)
  • Interactive menus
  • Languages: English 5.1 Dolby surround, French Dolby surround, Spanish Dolby surround
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis

Life or Something Like It
An egotistical TV reporter learns to appreciate the good things in life thanks to an eccentric, homeless clairvoyant in this old-fashioned romantic comedy from director Stephen Herek (Mr. Holland's Opus). Seattle native Lanie Kerrigan (Angelina Jolie) has spent most of her adult existence trying to live down her gawky, geeky adolescence: She toils for hours at the gym to keep cellulite at bay; she's managed to snag an engagement to a star baseball player (Christian Kane); and through her chipper puff pieces on the nightly news, she's cultivated a loyal following of couch potatoes who pester her for autographs. She's ready to take the next step to national news when her boss suggests she further hone her skills with ace cameraman Pete Scanlon (Edward Burns), who also happens to be an old flame of Lanie's. Her comfortable but shallow existence begins to change the moment she and Pete do a story on Prophet Jack (Tony Shaloub), a sage soothsayer who spouts unusually accurate predictions to passers-by in exchange for spare change. Jack offers up the theory that Lanie will not get her cushy promotion; in fact, he says she'll die within a week. When Jack's other prophecies start coming true, Lanie starts living each day as if it were her last -- much to the dismay of her co-workers and her fiancé. ~ Michael Hastings, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Angelina Jolie
    Angelina Jolie - Lanie Kerrigan
  • Edward Burns
    Edward Burns - Pete Scanlon
  • Tony Shalhoub
    Tony Shalhoub - Prophet Jack
  • Christian Kane
    Christian Kane - Cal Cooper
  • Stockard Channing
    Stockard Channing - Deborah Connors

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