The only reason I gave this two stars is because director Greg Berlanti has a knack for directing a bevy of babies. On the other hand, maybe I should be giving the kudos to the babies themselves, who certainly provide the right expressions and actions at the right time.

Cuteness aside, "Life as We Know It" is among a string of romantic comedies in which another tried-and-true formula is, pardon the pun, delivered. If you've seen the trailers for this show, you know exactly what's going to happen. Something about this template must appeal to viewers, though, because these things always make money and I know this will, too.

Katherine Heigl stars as Holly Berenson and Josh Duhamel is Eric Messer. They are best friends with a married couple, Peter and Alison Novack, who go so far as to set them up on a blind date. Holly looks gorgeous and ready for a night on the town while Eric looks like he's been doing yard work.

It's obvious from the get-go that the two are ill-fated. They bicker so vehemently and so quickly that they don't even make it to a restaurant before agreeing the blind date was a bad idea.

Still, the two end up together at gatherings in the Novack household and become the godparents of the Novacks' baby, Sophie. When the parents are killed in a traffic accident, Sophie is left in care of child services until Holly and Eric fetch her.

It's then that Holly and Eric discover the Novacks' will directs them to raise Sophie together in the home of their deceased friends. (This is a pretty shaky foundation for a forced team, but I guess fans of this sort of thing can overcome that.)

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They decide, for the sake of Sophie, that they must do as their friends would have wished, so they set up a schedule in which both maintain their jobs and care for the child as best they can.

The entertaining moments, which will be familiar to all parents, are the desperate measures the two take to stop Sophie's crying jags and the inconvenience that results from having an infant in one's care.

Overly long and overly trite, the only things that really come to life in this show are the toddlers who play the littlest member of the cast.


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