Friday, April 26, 2002 Volume 67, Issue 139


 
 









 
 

New comedy teaches common life lesson

By Heather L. Nicholson
Daily Cougar Staff

What would you do if you had only one week to live? Angelina Jolie explores the possibilities of the true meaning of life in a role completely new
to her. Life or Something Like It is the latest feel-good movie with a moral lesson for us all.


Photo courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox

Angelina Jolie and Edward Burns star in the new romantic comedy Life or Something Like It.

Jolie is known for roles in films such as Gia, Girl Interrupted and Tomb Raider, in which she portrays dark characters in dark dilemmas. Her
personal life is no exception to this persona she displays long, black hair and boasts about the vial of blood she hangs around her neck.

In her most recent role that of a self-absorbed news reporter in Seattle Jolie is light-hearted, bubbly and blond. Numerous shots in the film
are spent on close-ups of Jolie's omnipresent smile, bright eyes and bleach-blond hair.

Her nemesis Pete is played by Edward Burns. Burns has been seen in such recent films as Sidewalks in New York and Fifteen Minutes. The
two characters play devil's advocate during the first 30 minutes of the film. Practical jokes and snappy insults describe their relationship with an
underlying layer of flirting that foreshadows their future love interest.

Life is perfect for Jolie's character, Lanie Kerrigan. She is engaged to a professional baseball player, works as a local television news anchor,
has perfect friends and is in line for a network job. During a street interview with a bum who claims he is a prophet, her untimely fate is revealed.

Tony Shalhoub, who also co-stars in the Coen brothers' The Man Who Wasn't There, plays Prophet Jack. Prophet Jack predicts to television
audiences that the Seahawks will win the evening's game, that in the morning it will hail and that Lanie has only one week left to live. Of course,
the self-centered reporter doesn't take any of this to heart until the Seahawks win and the morning brings a hail shower.

The rest of the story unfolds rather quickly, leaving nothing to the audience's surprise. The film doesn't focus on the prophet's prediction or
Lanie's demise. Instead, filmmakers attempt to portray a moral lesson for audiences.

Lanie begins to realize her perfect life is not so perfect and goes on a drunken life-altering journey of taking no showers, never changing clothes
and succumbing to bad breath.

The new bad-hygiene look attracts Pete and together the two toil to make the most out of Lanie's week and cope with the final day. Audiences
will find the film's humor worthwhile and the message of "live every moment like it is the last" is duly noted.

Nothing makes the film more interesting than the impromptu rendition of "Satisfaction" by the Rolling Stones. The scene with the hit song tries to
show audiences that when people hit rock bottom and death is knocking at their door, nothing is more feel-good than rock music.
 
 
 
 
 

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