14. Life as We Know It
Release Year: 2010
Directed By: Greg Berlanti
Starring: Katherine Heigl, Josh Duhamel, Josh Lucas, Christina Hendricks, Hayes MacArthur, DeRay Davis, Sarah Burns, Rob Huebel, Bill Brochtrup, Andy Buckley, Andrew Daly, Majandra Delfino, Reggie Lee, Melissa McCarthy, Will Sasso, Jessica St. Clair, Kumail Nanjiani
Release Date: Sunday, March 1
News flash: The Katherine Heigl comeback is upon us. Later this year, the erstwhile Grey’s Anatomy, Suits and movie star will make her splashy Netflix original series debut in Firefly Lane alongside Sarah Chalke. It’s going to happen, people. But first, Heigl comes to Netflix this March in 2010’s underrated romantic comedy-drama Life as We Know It, which also starred Josh Duhamel and was directed by the Arrowverse creator. How is it not one of the month’s best new additions?
Katherine Heigl stars in Life as We Know It as Holly Berenson, the owner of a small bakery in Atlanta who also happens to be unlucky in love. Peter (Hayes MacArthur) and Allison (Christina Hendricks) set Holly up with her goddaughter’s godfather, Eric Messer (Josh Duhamel), a television sports director and Holly’s total opposite. The date goes horribly, but when Peter and Allison tragically pass away in a car accident, Holly and Messer must put their differences aside when they receive joint custody of their goddaughter, Sophie, and become an instant family.
Life as We Know It comes from director Greg Berlanti, who made his feature directorial debut with The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy and also helmed the landmark teen rom-com Love, Simon. Of course, Berlanti’s best known as a prolific television producer with an impressively expansive list of credits. Upon release, the film garnered a negative reception from critics, holding a 28% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. While the movie isn’t anything new, it is undeserving of such a low score and even managed to make $105.7 million worldwide against its $38 million budget. Celebrate the film’s upcoming 10th anniversary when it begins streaming at the top of March.