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L!fe Happens Review

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  • 60

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    The Hollywood Reporter

    There's certainly an audience for this sort of slick, self-absorbed comedy and the appealing casting augurs well for a brief theatrical run. But the film will most likely find its real home on the small screen, with attentive viewers curled up on the couch with a dish of ice cream.

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  • 67

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    Entertainment Weekly

    It's a trifle, but at least it doesn't star Katherine Heigl.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Mature parenting/dating comedy lacks substance, laughs.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that L!fe Happens is a very uneven indie comedy about a young single mom who's trying to establish a career and meet a decent guy while taking care of her baby. She and her best friends (all roommates) are navigating the Los Angeles singles scene, which leads to plenty of sex talk and a few passionate encounters (expect some loud noises and partially clad characters groping, though no actual nudity). Characters also drink and swear ("f--k," "s--t," etc.) frequently, and they don't always make smart choices when it comes to parenting, friendship, or relationships.

  • Families can talk about Kim's responsibilities. How does she juggle parenting, dating, and work? Do you think she's doing a good job? How does she compare to other young, single moms you've seen in movies or on TV shows?
  • What's important when you're looking for a potential partner? What mistakes do the characters in L!fe Happens make? Are they realistic?
  • How does the movie depict sex? Parents, talk to your teens about your own values regarding sex and relationships.

The good stuff
  • message true1

    Messages: Positive messages about friendship and learning to be responsible are diluted by characters' iffy attitudes and behavior (lying, not being there for friends, etc.). L!fe Happens attempts to be frank about the challenges of parenting, particularly as a single mom -- and it does make it clear that taking care of a baby is tough for anyone (though, if anything, parenting is even harder than it appears here).

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: Kim is struggling to juggle the demands of single parenthood while trying to establish a career, date, and maintain her friendships, and the film shows how tough this can be. She's a good mom despite the hurdles, and it's clear she's on a difficult path. That said, she also tells a potential love interest a really big lie, and she doesn't always put her son first. Her friends also have flaws, but everyone ultimately means well.

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence: A boss verbally berates her employee. Some yelling and bickering.

  • sex false4

    Sex: Many sexual references, some quite graphic, and a few sex scenes that, although they involve loud noises and people on top of each other, imply more than they show. One woman prefers anonymous encounters and actively resists men who seek relationships. In an early scene, two roommates scurry around their apartment looking for a condom as their lovers await. Some skimpy attire and discussion of one character's virginity.

  • language false4

    Language: Frequent swearing, including "f--k," "bitch," "ass," "s--t," "p---y," and much more.

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: Apple products are shown (a laptop, for instance)

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Several scenes take place at bars and parties where everybody is drinking.