Another film borrowed from the laundry, this time a 2010 offering starring Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel.
We have seen Ms Heigl in “Killers”, “27 Dresses” and “The Ugly Truth”, and the restaurant scene in the latter with the vibrating underwear is an absolute riot (the rest of the film is passable).
The scenario here is our main leads, Holly and Messer, are set up on a blind date by their married friends Peter and Alison, and it is a total disaster.
They become friends of sorts because of Peter and Alison, and when Sophie is born, they are her Godparents.
However, when Sophie is a year old, her parents are killed in a car accident, and in their wills, they have expressed their desire for Messer and Holly to be their daughter’s legal guardians.
The two move into their friends’ home so that Sophie has continuity and familiarity, but as is predictable, Holly and Messer’s relationship is strained, not only cramping each other’s style, but basically two totally different individuals suddenly thrust into the responsibility of parenting and child care who don’t have a clue. I did laugh when they used Messer’s hat as a makeshift poop receptacle.
The supporting cast supply a mish mash of neighbourhood characters, though to me everything seemed disjointed and nothing really fitted, blended or even appeared necessary.
Throw in a
lust love interest for Holly in Sam played by Josh Lucas (Stealth) who just happened to be a baby doctor, and the interrupted dinner date when Sophie was running a temperature is a given.
This was romantic fluff at its fluffiest, and its saving grace was this photograph which was put up in the family lounge once they got their act together:
Such a concept for a film is not new, and I much preferred Diane Keaton in 1987’s Baby Boom.
Now that was funny, and would easily score 9 +.
As for this, somewhere between 5 and 6 as it wasn’t exactly dire, it just didn’t hit the mark for me.