Heigl, Duhamel star in ‘Life As We Know It’

Available this week on DVD:

“Life as We Know It”: A glop of rom-com pabulum starring Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel as mismatched foster parents who co-parent the orphaned infant of their respective best friends. (1:52; PG-13 for sexual material, language and some drug content) • •

“For Colored Girls”: Tyler Perry’s adaptation of Ntozake Shange’s milestone play is a textbook case of the whole being considerably less than the sum of its parts. As women passing through the storm, Loretta Devine, Kimberly Elise, Thandie Newton, Phylicia Rashad, Anika Noni Rose and Kerry Washington are moving beyond words. But in the biggest change from the source material, Perry focuses as much on the abusive men as on the women recovering their dignity. (2:00; R for some disturbing violence including a rape, sexual content and language) • • 1/2

“It’s Kind of a Funny Story”: A smart but suicidal 16-year-old checks himself into a psych ward in Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck’s gentle, bittersweet, sometimes comic and not altogether successful adaptation of the popular young-adult novel. With Keir Gilchrist, Emma Roberts and Zach Galifianakis (as a woolly in-patient). (1:41; PG-13 for mature thematic issues, sexual content, drug material and language) • • 1/2

“You Again”: Excruciatingly unfunny comedy based on the premise that you can graduate high school but you can never leave. Kristen Bell plays the former cafeteria untouchable, now a successful professional, stung once again by the high school queen bee – who’s about to become her sister-in-law. (1:45; PG for brief mild language and rude behavior)

“Paranormal Activity 2”: The terror continues as a young couple copes with a potentially evil spirit in their suburban home. (1:31; R for some language and brief violent material)

“My Soul to Take”: A serial killer returns to his hometown to stalk seven children born on the day he was allegedly put to rest in the latest from Wes Craven. (1:47; R for strong bloody violence and pervasive language including sexual references)

Also available: “I Spit On Your Grave,” “The Romantics,” “Middle Men,” “Wild Target”


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